Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall have announced a $1 million cash injection for volunteer organisation BlazeAid, allowing it to continue rebuilding vital farm fences destroyed during the recent devastating bushfires.
Mr Barilaro said the funding would alleviate financial pressures on BlazeAid so it could get on with helping farmers get back on their feet.
“Until today BlazeAid has relied solely on the generosity of donors and the individual fire affected landholders to purchase fencing materials,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This funding will allow the organisation to pay for things like strainer and steel posts and wire, meaning it can charge ahead with projects instead of stopping and starting as volunteers wait for donations to come in.”
“Our regional communities are going through an incredibly tough time with the devastating drought a recent bushfires, which is why we support organisations like BlazeAid which make a huge difference in times of struggle,” he said.
“Our regional communities are going through an incredibly tough time with the devastating drought a recent bushfires, which is why we support organisations like BlazeAid which make a huge difference in times of struggle.”
Deputy Premier John Barilaro
Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall said this funding will enable BlazeAid to purchase enough materials for around an additional 550 kilometers of boundary fencing.
“The NSW Department of Primary Industries will deliver the funding and will allow BlazeAid to allocate dollars to any of its camps meaning fire affected landholders across the state will benefit.”
“The recovery effort from these fires will be long and hard and I thank BlazeAid for everything its doing to help to ease this burden on farmers who have lost so much,” Mr Marshall said.
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