|The government of New South Wales has pledged AUD1 billion (almost $700 million) to repair infrastructure damaged by the nation’s worst-ever brushfires. The money will go to fix roads, railways, bridges, schools, electrical systems, said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet.
The state is one of the hardest-hit by the fires that are ravaging Australia. According to the latest findings of the Building Impact Assessment issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service, as of January 13 more than 2,162 houses were destroyed and 849 were damaged, while 12,946 buildings were saved from the flames thanks to the intervention of firefighters.
The new investment plan to protect and restore the state's infrastructure requires direct allocations over the next two years. “This money will provide an immediate source of funding to ensure key infrastructure is restored so that communities can get back on their feet as soon as possible," said Premier Berejiklian.|