QLD to receive bushfire mitigation funding boost

Additional funding will improve bushfire hazard mapping and expand the Northern Australia Fire Information service

Queensland is to benefit from a further $904,000 in government funding over the next three years as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.

The funding will be used to help minimise risks to communities from bushfires and reduce the costs of reconstruction and recovery. This includes updating bushfire hazard mapping for land use planning by local governments, and to support the expansion of the Northern Australia Fire Information service to better determine priorities.

Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jo-Ann Miller welcomed the contribution and said the Palaszczuk Government would match the funding.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was vital the Commonwealth partner with Queensland to better prepare local communities for bushfires through enhanced mitigation.

“Bushfires are a fact of life in Australia and they can be devastating for the communities in their path,” Minister Keenan said.

Minister Miller added: “We’re giving Queensland Government land management agencies and local councils the tools they need to ensure they can properly identify bushfire risk in their area and then implement plans to mitigate that risk using the latest in mapping technology.”

The $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme aims to build on the existing bushfire management practices of Australia’s states and territories and implement strategies to address bushfire risks.