Australia — The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has slammed a report that claims too much money is being spent on bushfire prevention.
A new study from insurance researchers at Macquarie University found that the fire service spent $11.9 billion on bushfire prevention.
The researchers believe the money would have been better spent on tax cuts which would help boost health and nutrition in local areas.
The RFS says the money and the measures they’ve implemented help save lives,
The survivors of Coonabarabran bushfires agree.
They told Channel 7 that despite losing their homes and livestock they are grateful no one died in the fires. but protect homes and wildlife.
National Parks carers today returned to bushfire-ravaged areas to give the native wildlife some much needed food and medical attention.
Firefighters are still backburning in northern NSW as they work to quell a bushfire that has already destroyed 53 homes.
The RFS says cooler conditions across the state over the weekend have offered some much-needed respite, and light rain near Coonabarabran has given crews the chance to strengthen containment lines around what has been the state’s most destructive bushfire in more than a decade.
Outbuildings, livestock and farm machinery have all been lost in the 54,000 hectare fire along with the 53 properties.
The fire is burning about a kilometre south of Bugaldie village, and crews will spend Monday backburning along Mount Terrace Road.
People in the area could see an increase of smoke and fire activity as a result.
A spokesman told AAP the mild weather had also allowed the RFS to swap out firefighting crews, meaning most volunteers attending the Bugaldie fire were locals.
‘We’ve been able to send some crews home for a well-earned break,’ he said.
Across the state, 66 bush and scrub fires continued to burn or smoulder early on Monday afternoon.
All NSW fires were currently burning at an Advice level, the RFS spokesman said, which meant residents should remain vigilant.