Work to stimulate the prevention of natural disasters | The Northwest Star

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A federal Labor government would spend $200 million a year on natural disaster prevention and preparedness. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese promised a Disaster Ready Fund would be set up to finance disaster prevention projects such as flood dykes, escape shelters, firebreaks and improvement telecommunications. Annual disaster reduction funding would be matched by state, territory and local governments under the proposal. The opposition has also promised to cut red tape to ensure funds can be disbursed more quickly, as well as to speed up payments to disaster victims. “You shouldn’t need a degree in bureaucracy to be able to make a claim and get compensated,” Mr Albanese told the ABC. As part of the plan, Labor would also overhaul the government’s emergency response fund which was set up by the government in late 2019 during the Black Summer bushfires. Mr Albanese criticized the government for not spending part of the $4 billion fund on resilience projects. “Three years after its announcement, the emergency response fund has not spent a penny on disaster recovery and has not completed a single disaster prevention project,” he said. “The only thing he did was bring the government over $750 million in return on investment.” Labor’s changes to the fund would see $200 million spent each year on disaster preparedness initiatives. He has also pledged to help with insurance premiums, which rise in areas more prone to events such as bushfires and floods. “We need to give our emergency services personnel, who are doing such a magnificent job in dire circumstances … a bit of a head start and take the pressure off them as well, ensuring that we invest in good practice,” he said. declared Mr. Albanese. noted. Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Martin Zavan welcomed the announcement but said governments should focus on reducing fossil fuels that cause climate change and related disasters. “The real preventative measure we need is to tackle the root cause of disasters by rapidly switching from fossil fuels to clean energies like wind, solar and batteries,” he said. Australian Associated Press