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Economic impact of bushfires in NSW, ACT to double by 2050

The Climate Council, one of Australia’s leading authorities on climate change has said the cost of bushfires to New South Wales and the ACT is likely to more than double by 2050, adding an extra $100m per year to the states budgets. According to the report, the next 10 years will prove critical in the race to protect Australians from the impact of climate change, fire being one of those impacts.

With the fire season growing longer, opportunities for fuel reduction burning are diminishing rapidly. The longer season makes it harder to share resources with other states adding to the dollar cost but more importantly the ability send and/or receive fresh firefighters from other states will also be harder putting additional pressure on the volunteer workforce.

The report’s release comes following a warning from ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner Dominic Lane that extra growth in the ACT and surrounds during spring was likely to result in more fire fuel this summer.

For more information, go to http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/cost-of-bushfires-in-nsw-act-to-double-by-2050-report-finds/8101252

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