Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said he was pleased to announce $90,000 for the maintenance of the Tank Trail and Tongue Trail in Port Stephens.
Mr MacDonald said that the previous summer’s unprecedented weather and a number of disastrous fires across the state means there was no room for complacency when it comes to preparing for bushfires.
“The next fire season will roll around soon enough and this funding will help our community prepare in the lead up to next season,” Mr MacDonald said.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the funding investment has been made to help give the local community the capability to safely respond to future bushfires.
“In this round of bushfire mitigation funding, the Government has prioritised maintenance works on fire trails in some of the state’s most difficult to access areas,” Mr Grant said.
“Our 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.”
Mr MacDonald said it’s important to make time to prepare for bushfire season and ensure you have a bushfire survival plan.
“You can never be too prepared. When a bushfire strikes you need to have a plan, it could be the difference between saving your property and more importantly your life,” Mr MacDonald said.
The fire trail funding has been provided under the Commonwealth’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme, $4 million of which has been made to NSW.
For further information on bushfire preparation please refer to the Rural Fire Service website: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/resources/bush-fire-survival-plan.
For further information on the National Bushfire Mitigation Programme please refer to the Emergency New South Wales website.
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