Bushfire recovery program underway

Friday 31 Jul 2020

The AU$46 million bushfire recovery program from the NSW Government is seeing work happening now to rebuild State forest roads and bridges lost in the 2019-2020 fire season.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the AU$46 million equity injection is part of the larger NSW Government AU$100 million COVID stimulus package, and will see Forestry Corporation repair damaged public infrastructure, and expand its Grafton and Blowering nurseries and begin planting activities in bushfire affected State forests.

One local project is replacing burnt bridges in Doubleduke State Forest, said Forestry Corporation of NSW Acting Forest Protection Manager, Peter Walters. “We are partnering with local industries and contractors to repair or replace bridges and reopen main forest roads, while supporting the local timber industry,” Mr Walters said.

“In Doubleduke State Forest, we are working with Grafton-based business Big River Timbers to rebuild forest bridges using timber from NSW State Forests. This will mean Glencoe Road can reopen, a strategic forest access and firefighting road, as well as other forest roads in the area.”

Photo: Peter Walters, Acting Protection Manager (right) and Jason Blanch, General Manager Big River Group

Source: FCNSW

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