Bushfire prompts natural disaster declaration

Bushfire prompts natural disaster declaration

15 February 2006

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — Greater Hume Shire and Wagga city have been declared natural disaster areas after a bushfire north of Holbrook.

The fire broke out on February 6 and burnt nearly 10,000 hectares.

Losses included more than 2,500 sheep, six cattle, three vehicles, two hay sheds and about 50 kilometres of fencing.

Nineteen homes threatened by the fire were saved, as was a $5 million pine plantation and communications installation.

The New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services and Rural Affairs, Tony Kelly, says the Government will provide personal hardship and distress assistance, low interest loans, stock transport and fodder subsidies.

Councils will receive grants to repair roads, infrastructure and essential services and there will be loans for sporting clubs and non-profit organisations to restore facilities which have been damaged or destroyed.


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