The Majors Creek Gully fire trail will receive $188,470 under the National Bushfire Mitigation Program.
The Department of Industry – Lands and Forestry is working with the community to ensure that they are prepared for a fire, and to maintain access for firefighting vehicles along the fire trail, said a spokesperson.
The Department applied for the Federal funding after consulting with the community to approve a bush fire preparation plan for the village of Majors Creek, said the spokesperson.
The fire trail is relatively narrow, compared to others, and the topography of the area presents challenges to firefighters. The funding will be used to upgrade the trail, improving access for firefighting vehicles, so that they can better protect the homes and lives of that community, said the spokesperson.
The department has met with residents to discuss the works, and will continue to consult with the community about bushfire preparation in the area.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the funding investment had been made to help give the local community the ability to safely respond to future bushfires.
“Our firefighters need to be able to get to the fires before they reach properties and threaten lives, and the best way to ensure they can do this is to have a properly maintained network of fire trail” said Mr Grant.
Minster for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced $638,741 in funding for projects that will enhance bushfire mitigation in NSW.
Minister Keenan said the funding will be provided under the Commonwealth’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme, $4 million of which has been made available to NSW, to better prepare communities from the threat of bushfires.
Minister Grant said this program enables NSW to identify projects that are essential to mitigating the severity and impact of bushfires.
“Our firefighters need to be able to get to the fires before they reach properties and threaten lives, and the best way to ensure they can do this is to have a properly maintained network of fire trails,” Mr Grant said.
“Most of this funding allocation is directed to maintenance works on fire trails in some of the state’s most difficult to access areas.