The NSW Government will spend $1 billion in funding to repair key infrastructure across NSW impacted by bushfires.
“It is vital to start the recovery process in the south of the state and to continue the assistance in our local area and a big part of that is ensuring we repair the state’s infrastructure, which supports our local communities,” Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said.
“This funding will ensure that work can continue to repair the infrastructure, and that in turn will benefit our local economy and employees working to repair the damage.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced the $1 billion funding over the next two years to rebuild bushfire impacted communities across NSW.
The funding will prioritise the repair and rebuilding of vital infrastructure, such as roads, rail-lines, bridges, schools, health facilities and communications facilities, which have been damaged or destroyed in the bushfire crisis.
“This money will provide an immediate source of funding to ensure key infrastructure is restored so that communities can get back to on their feet as soon as possible.” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The bushfire season is far from over but we know how important it is for communities to start the recovery process.”
“With fires impacting communities all across the state, we know the task is enormous but the NSW Government will do whatever it takes to help repair the damage and rebuild communities,” Mr Perrottet said.
This announcement is on top of the NSW Government’s disaster assistance funding for this bushfire season of up to $231 million already committed, which includes:
- $166 million to fight fires on top of the record 2019/20 RFS Budget
- $25 million to facilitate the clean-up of both insured and uninsured homes damaged or destroyed by the fires
- $23 million for grants of up to $15,000 for primary producers and small businesses to assist with clean-up and the replacement of infrastructure
- $6 million for additional mental health services for individuals, community groups and emergency services personnel
- $11 million to fund the Economic Recovery and Community Resilience Grants Program
Ms Berejiklian said following initial discussions with the Federal Government, it has been confirmed that the Federal Government contribution will focus on direct payments to individuals, small business and local councils.
“The NSW Government’s focus will be to rebuild and where appropriate, improve the infrastructure,” Ms Berejiklian said.