Credit: Silhouette of fireman fighting bushfire at night.
Community-led recovery and response plans will form the next stage of
the federal government’s response to the devastating bushfires.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a meeting with charity chiefs in
Canberra on Thursday the government had taken detailed advice from the tourism,
small business, infrastructure, agriculture, transport, financial and welfare
“We will be moving on to the next phase soon, which is all about
the locally led recovery and the response plans that will be developed on the
ground and we will work with you and them in those places,” Morrison said.
The government is also working on broader plans to help small business and tourism, as part of its $2 billion bushfire recovery package.
The head of the government’s bushfire recovery agency said the bushfires
were having a broader impact on local economies than previous disasters.
“Unlike a lot of disasters, there’s a consequential effect
here,” Andrew Colvin told Sky on Thursday.
“We have to think about this much more broadly. My lens is much
more long-term. What do we do to rebuild the economy in some of these
Colvin said he hoped to have local economies functioning better than
they were before the fires.