Bushfire fighting gets $100m

Bushfire fighting gets $100m

14 November 2010

published by www.smh.com.au

Australia —  THE NSW government will tip $100 million into bushfire protection measures, including new communications networks and an aerial response team to deploy aircraft.

Premier Kristina Keneally will today present the injection as a response to Victoria’s Black Saturday tragedy that killed 173 people.

Backburning across the 22 million hectares of NSW considered at risk will be enhanced, with $84 million for strategic hazard reduction.

Spending measures include:

$11.2 million to upgrade Rural Fire Service radio and pager networks.

$4.5 million to establish a “rapid aerial response team”.

$3.4 million to maintain ”neighbourhood safer places” as a last resort for those trapped by fire.

$2.15 million a year for awareness campaigns.

“It is incumbent on us to learn from Victoria’s terrible Black Saturday experience, which is why we’re boosting vital services across the state with this $106.9 million bushfire package,” Ms Keneally said.

The first $11.7 million will be rolled out in 2011-12.

Almost $10 million of $84 million for backburning will be spent recruiting 80 workers to the RFS.

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