Bushfire affected communities receive $1 billion funding boost
The additional funding will prioritise the repair and rebuilding of vital infrastructure damaged or destroyed by bushfires. This includes roads, rail lines, bridges, schools, health facilities and communications facilities.
The NSW Government has already committed $231 million in disaster assistance this bushfire season. This includes:
- $166 million to fight fires
- $25 million to facilitate the clean-up of both insured and uninsured homes damaged or destroyed by the fires
- $23 million for grants of up to $15,000 for primary producers and small businesses to assist with clean-up and the replacement of infrastructure
- $6 million for additional mental health services for individuals, community groups and emergency services personnel
- $11 million to fund the Economic Recovery and Community Resilience Grants Program.
Funding from the Australian Government will focus on direct payments to individuals, small business and local councils.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the money will provide an immediate source of funding to ensure key infrastructure is restored so that communities can get back on their feet as soon as possible.
“The bushfire season is far from over but we know how important it is for communities to start the recovery process where possible,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the money will help fast track the recovery process and will also provide an important economic boost to communities doing it tough.
“Nobody can undo what is done, but what we can do is ensure these communities have every chance and opportunity to get back to business and start rebuilding as soon as possible,” Mr Perrottet said.