The New South Wales government today announced AUD 1bn (USD 685.4m) to help rebuild infrastructure in bushfire-affected communities across the state.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet jointly announced the funding would be used for roads, railways, bridges, schools, health and communications facilities that have been destroyed in the devastating bushfires that have escalated since late December.
“The bushfire season is far from over but we know how important it is for communities to start the recovery process where possible,” Berejiklian said in a statement.
“This money will provide an immediate source of funding to ensure key infrastructure is restored so that communities can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” she added.
The funding is additional to the AUD 231m of disaster relief funding that NSW has already committed in the current bushfire season and will mainly go towards fixing damaged homes, providing grants for farmers to replace livestock and equipment and mental health services.
Treasurer Perrottet said the recovery funding would help stimulate regional economies that have been most affected by the bushfire crisis.