NSW Government Pledges $1b To Rebuild Bushfire-Ravaged Communities
The NSW government has committed an extra $1 billion over the next two years to help bushfire-ravaged communities rebuild.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet on Thursday said the investment will prioritise repairing infrastructure, such as bridges, roads and schools, that have been damaged or destroyed.
The funding is on top of the $231 million already committed to disaster assistance by the state government, which included $166 million for firefighting efforts.
"Of course, we are always standing shoulder to shoulder with those impacted by this devastating catastrophe that has come to NSW," Berejiklian said.
"We are stepping up the support."
It follows the federal government's announcement of $2 billion of national recovery funds. Berejiklian said the state's share of that money will go towards direct payments to individuals, local businesses or councils, while the state government's investment would focus on infrastructure.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said there has been substantial damage to infrastructure from the state's bushfires, but it is too early to determine the cost .
"This investment will ensure infrastructure is repaired as quickly as possible," he said.
Perrottet added the government wants to ensure there are no gaps in providing support to fire-affected communities at a state level and federal level.
"We don't want simply to rebuild the communities, we want them to thrive, and this $1 billion investment will do just that," he said.
"We know that this won't happen overnight, that this will take time ... and those who are affected, we say to you that we have your back now and well into the future."
On Thursday, over 120 fires continue to burn across NSW, with 59 yet to be contained.
Twenty people and millions of animals have died across the state, while 1,870 homes have been destroyed.