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Bushfire inquiry report

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Bushfire inquiry report

On Tuesday, 15 October the Tasmanian Government released the inquiry report into the January 2013 bushfires, detailing the government’s response to some of the most severe bushfires on record in Tasmania. You can download the report from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s website, here.

Over the course of four days in January, emergency services, government agencies and volunteers battled more than 40 fires state wide. In terms of economic impacts, the most severely affected regions were the Sorell and Tasman local government areas.

In the aftermath, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts was instrumental in determining the impact to local business and developing a framework for business recovery in the affected regions.

The Tasmanian Government’s Economic Recovery Package included clean-up grants, recovery grants and loans and the creation of a group to explore strategic economic development issues in the region, and these efforts are still ongoing.

The department is facilitating over $1 million in direct grant funding and has approved over $790 000 in Bushfire Recovery Loans with a number of further applications under consideration.

An economic reference group for the Sorell/Tasman area has been established to examine strategic economic development issues in the region. The department also made a significant contribution to the Dunalley Structure and Environs Plan, to support Dunalley’s recovery through improvements to local infrastructure, business capability, community development and improved regional linkages.

Immediately following the fires, Tourism Tasmania activated its Critical Incident Response Plan, which included online communications with consumers on the impact of the bushfires, access to regions and the status of visitors to the state, as well as communications with local tourism operators to provide detailed information and assistance.

From 28 February to 30 April 2013, Tourism Tasmania undertook a $250 000 intrastate advertising campaign, the Tassie Comeback Tour,  encouraging Tasmanians to stay a night or two in the bushfire-affected areas and to spread the word about their experience with friends and family.

In addition, Sport and Recreation Tasmania provided $20 000 towards recreational planning activities.

The department remains committed to supporting the recovery and continues to work on the ground with businesses to help facilitate economic development opportunities in the bushfire-affected region.


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