$598 million boost to national park firefighters and radio networks after Black Summer bushfires

“It was reinforced in the last flood how much people rely on communication like radio to make timely decisions during a natural disaster and upgrading the radio network is a critical part,” said he declared.

Griffin said the creation of 200 permanent national park firefighters and 50 conservation officers would boost risk reduction and strengthen firefighting in remote areas.

National Parks and Wildlife Service chief Atticus Fleming said the black summer and subsequent review showed the need for a smarter approach to risk reduction and methods to detect the ignitions and react in real time.

“The survey also recognized how close we were to losing the Wollemi pine, one of the world’s most important natural assets,” he said, adding that the additional resources will enhance the ability of the agency to assist in other natural disasters, such as floods.

Fleming welcomed a $4.5 million investment in agency fleets as well as radio network upgrades.

A father and daughter inspect a flooded street in Lismore in March.Credit:Dan Peled/Getty Images

“I think we were lucky [radio failures] did not significantly increase the safety risks in the Black Summer fires, but it would have been only a matter of time,” he said. “What this does is help everyone access the same network.”

Analysis, research and modeling of climate change scenarios will also be funded as part of an adaptation strategy that aims to integrate adaptation into government decision-making for the assets it manages and operates.

Griffin said that while it would include coping methods in flood-prone areas, it would not prejudge the findings of the ongoing government inquiry into the floods led by Professor Mary O’Kane and the former commissioner. of Mick Fuller font.

Kean added: “Climate change is happening now. Adaptation helps protect the things we value most
floods, droughts and bushfires: it can save lives, livelihoods, homes and ecosystems”.

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