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Funding local communities for bushfire preparedness.



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Funding local communities for bushfire preparedness Friday, 3 March 2006

The electorate of Hume has received $71,300 in Australian Government Bushfire Mitigation Programme funding for 2005-06. This funding will enhance the construction, maintenance and signage of local bushfire trail networks.

“Fire trails are important resources in the facilitation of bushfire prevention and mitigation works,” Member for Hume Alby Schultz said.

On 8 September 2004 the Prime Minister announced new Australian Government funding over three years to assist local communities to better prepare for bushfires, with $15 million allocated towards the Bushfire Mitigation Programme. These funds will be matched by the States and Territories.

“The Bushfire Mitigation Programme complements existing fire risk management activities in NSW. The programme works in conjunction with the State bushfire mitigation priorities and assessment procedures,” Mr Schultz said.

“The programme addresses vital issues that have been identified by a number of bushfire inquiries including the House of Representatives Select Committee Report titled “A Nation Charred: Inquiry into the Recent Australian Bushfires” and the Council of Australian Government’s National inquiry on Bushfire Mitigation and Management.

“These reports identified measures that can be implemented by governments, industry and the community to minimize the incidence of and impact of bushfires on life, property and the environment.”

A list of projects approved within the region is attached. Further information about the Bushfire Mitigation Programme is available from the NSW Rural Fire Service, phone (02) 8741 5436 and via the Department of Transport and Regional Services website at http://www.dotars.gov.au

‡ 2005-2006 Bushfire Mitigation Projects in the electorate of Hume Trail name, Town, Project activity, Australian Government BMP funding Yanderra, Yanderra, Upgrade, $3,300

‡ Cookbundoon Fire Trail, Goulburn, Upgrade, $5,000 ‡ Caoura Ridge and Matadora, Tallong, Maintenance, $3,000 ‡ Little River & Western break fire trails (essentially one trail), Bargo, Maintenance and upgrade, $40,000 ‡ Gibraltar Road, Bowral, Construction, $20,000

TOTAL: $71,300