House debates

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Statements by Members

Australian Bushfires

1:50 pm

Photo of Susan TemplemanSusan Templeman (Macquarie, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I've talked a lot about the government's support we're not seeing for the bushfire recovery, but we are seeing an amazing amount of community led recovery. Out of the Fire, a beautiful display of 140 photographs that are on a loop at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, is a really good initiative by Blue Mountains City Council. It's showcasing photographs taken throughout the fires by RFS members and community members, and it's on there for a couple of weeks. I encourage people to see it.

We've also had Recovering our Backyard on in Blackheath, where more than 120 people came together to find out how they could help regenerate the environment, including helping wildlife. Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service were there, WIRES, the Volunteer Hub and many others were there. It was a fantastic community event. Our RFS brigades have been holding very important healing events for our community—Tennyson, Kurrajong Heights and Grose Wold all had things had on at the weekend.

This genuine and generous approach is such a contrast to what we're seeing from the Morrison and Berejiklian governments. There was a promise of $76 million for tourism funding, and we now know $25 million of it's going to Queensland. We really need this government to keep its promises to bushfire affected communities.