Coordinator-General Shane Stone, AC QC and key Agency staff met with Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud and newly appointed Coordinator-General for Bushfire Recovery Andrew Colvin, APM, OAM.
Mr Colvin will lead the National Bushfire Recovery Agency which was announced yesterday by the Prime Minister. Modelling its operations on the successful approach taken by the National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency, the new Agency will work with states, territories and the Australian Defence Force to roll in immediate support to the bushfire fighting effort and for communities as they recover, as part of a national coordinated response.
“We look forward to working closely with Coordinator-General Colvin and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency as they begin the significantly important task of coordinating bushfire recovery support so that affected residents and small businesses can access the help they need over the months and years ahead,” Mr Stone said.
“We know from our experience with the 2019 North Queensland flood event that the best ideas come from working with those affected. This means locally led, locally understood and locally implemented solutions. We’re all in this together.”
The new Agency will work hand in glove with local communities and the state governments in the immediate aftermath and in the months and years ahead.
More information about immediate help available for farmers affected by bushfires is available on the National Farmers' Federation website.