Fynn Walraven Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
Recent heavy rains have dampened many of the country’s bushfires, but also led to power cuts and road closures. The fires, which began in September, have claimed at least 28 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched millions of acres of land.
As wet weather helped to ease the crisis, the government announced a major package to aid tourism recovery. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would channel some A$76m ($52m; £40m) from the national bushfire recovery fund into the industry.
He described the package on Sunday as an “urgent injection” of funds for affected businesses, and said tourism in the country was facing “its biggest challenge in living memory”.
The Australian Tourism Industry Council told Reuters news agency that damages to the industry were approaching A$1 billion. The Australian Tourism Export Council told the Australian Financial Review that the losses may go above A$4.5 billion by the end of the year.