Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis today welcomed $30,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare Kangaroo Valley from the threat of bushfires.
Mrs Sudmalis said the funding will be provided to the States Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.
“Sadly residents in Kangaroo Valley know all too well the impact bushfires can have, and how quickly they can impact people’s lives,” she said.
“The devastation, the trauma and the economic cost caused following a bushfire can be catastrophic.
“The Griffins Fire Trail project in Kangaroo Valley will assist our local firefighters need to be able to get to the fires before they reach properties and threaten lives, and the best way to ensure they can do this is to have a properly maintained network of fire trails.
“More needs to be done to manage natural disaster risks, which is why this project has been announced today.
“The Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future disaster events and I am pleased to see this funding awarded locally,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Minister Keenan said the Commonwealth Government is committed to ensuring New South Wales is disaster prepared and disaster resilient before the next fire season hits.
“It’s vital that we do everything we can to prepare communities and reduce the potential for harm to help make communities across Australia safer,” Mr Keenan said.
For further information please refer to the Emergency New South Wales website: www.emergency.nsw.gov.au