NSW bush fire risk management projects receive $2.59 million funding boost


Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police Troy Grant today announced $2.59 million for 43 new projects to address bush fire risks throughout NSW.

The new projects are in addition to $2.7 million for 126 projects supported in 2015 through the NSW Bush fire Risk Management Grants Scheme.

Under the funding announced today, local governments, NSW National Parks and NSW Lands will receive funding to support activities that manage bush fire risks.

Mr Keenan said this announcement is part of the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Resilience Program which has provided NSW with $13.5 million since 2014.

“The program aims to reduce the impact of bush fires on communities and to reduce the public and private losses that can occur,” Mr Keenan said.

“While natural hazards such as bushfires are a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage the risks.

 “It is only by working together that we can reduce the potentially destructive impacts of future disasters such as bush fires.”

Mr Grant said the funding would provide a boost to projects focusing on bush fire prevention.

“The program has approved 19 fire trails and aerial firefighting supply tanks at 24 regional airstrips across NSW,” Mr Grant said.

“Fire trails provide easier access to fires and the aerial firefighting supply tanks will ensure bulk water or fire retardant is immediately available for loading into fixed-wing aircraft for a more rapid response.

“We have seen the widespread devastation bush fires can cause here in NSW and this program is a common sense approach to increased preparedness and responsiveness for threatened communities.”

NSW Bush Fire Risk Management projects:  

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Port Macquarie-Hastings Fire Trail East 1A $35,262
NPWS Warringah Perimeter Trail (Karingah Case NP) $48,200
Lands Sutherland Loftus Creek $49,800
NPWS Great Lakes Rosewood Trail - Myall Lakes NP $77,700
RFS (work on NP) Pittwater Topham Trail $48,050
RFS (work on NP) Cessnock Yango Track $382,968
NPWS Hawkesbury Womerah Range fire trail $64,500
Lands Sutherland Forum Drive $75,860
Lands Sutherland Ilumba $58,275
Lands The Hills Porters Road Fire Trail $50,015
NPWS Greater Taree Bakers Trail $150,000
Lands Hornsby Waddell Ridge Trail $79,058
Lands Blue Mountains Mount York Fire Trail $47,051
NPWS Hawkesbury Burralow Fire Trail $46,500
NPWS Blue Mountains Red Hands Trail $46,750
NPWS Hawkesbury Shaws Ridge Trail $49,500
NPWS Sutherland Lakes Trail $22,000
Wingecarribee Council Wingecarribee Gang Gang Trail $12,000
Sutherland Council Sutherland Sabugal Pass $30,000
RFS Wollongong Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Albion Park $40,000
RFS Armidale Dumaresq Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Armidale $40,000
RFS Bathurst Airbase Tanks Level 2 - Bathurst $35,000
RFS Richmond Valley Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Casino $40,000
RFS Warrumbungle Airbase Tanks Level 3 - Coonabarrabran $110,000
RFS Dubbo Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Dubbo $40,000
RFS Clarence Balley Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Grafton $40,000
RFS Carrathool Airbase Tank Project Level 1 - Hillston $40,000
RFS Inverell Airbase Tank Project Level 1 - Inverell $40,000
RFS Kempsey Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Kempsey $40,000
RFS Moree Plains Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Moree $40,000
RFS Tweed Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Murwillumbah $40,000
RFS Eurobodalla Airbase Tanks Level 2 - Moruya $75,000
RFS Narrandera Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Narrandera $40,000
RFS Tamworth Airbase Tanks Level 2 - Tamworth $75,000
RFS Greater Taree Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Taree $40,000
RFS Temora Airbase Tanks Level 2 - Temora $75,000
RFS Narromine Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Trangie $40,000
RFS Walcha Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Walcha $40,000
RFS Gwydir Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Warialda $40,000
RFS Lake Macquarie Airbase Tanks Level 3 - Warnevale $110,000
RFS Narrabri Airbase Tanks Level 3 - Narrabri $70,000
RFS Wellington Airbase Tanks Level 2 - Wellington $35,000
RFS Tamworth Airbase Tanks Level 1 - Barraba $40,000