The Federal Government has announced $50 million will be spent on relief after blazes ripped through New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.

 
 
 
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told Nine the money will be split in half with $25 million going towards the Emergency Recovery Fund and the remainder towards environment groups on the ground assisting with rehabilitation. This includes up to $5 million for Greening Australia for revegetation initiatives and up to $3 million for zoos to help treat animals.

Eight million hectares have been lost so far across Australia with more than one billion animals estimated to have perished.

Environment Minister Sussan Ley says it’s too early to know the impact of the catastrophic fires, but that it creates an historic environmental challenge.

“We need to be guided by scientific experts in the field, by our national research bodies, the traditional owners who have managed this land over tens of thousands of years, our farmers whose passion and commitment to the land spans generations and our local communities,” she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, thousands of kilograms of carrots and sweet potatoes are being dropped by planes in fire-affected areas of NSW to help wallabies.

Injured animals are also being treated in bushfire-ravaged areas of Victoria. RSPCA Victoria has deployed a mobile animal care unit to care for injured wildlife, including animals evacuated from the stranded town of Mallacoota.

This Federal Government has promised this funding announcement is the initial one, with more money to come when it’s needed.

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Source: AAP

Written by Ange Anderson