Bushfire recovery is a chance not just to repair infrastructure, but to build up the resilience of telecommunications and electricity to create more sustainable communities, the federal member for Indi says.
Helen Haines met with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency coordinator Andrew Colvin to discuss the impact of bushfires on Towong shire and the wider Indi region.
She said recovery did not just have to be about replacing what communities had, but should be about upgrading and addressing issues.
"There's real opportunities for our bushfire affected communities, real opportunities to not only address the immediate recovery period but address the bigger issues we always face in rural and regional Australia," Dr Haines said.
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"This is an opportunity to say, how can we not only repair things, but how can we make them better and use this as a chance to actually build up our infrastructure and resilience to major catastrophes such as this."
Dr Haines said she would like to see recovery efforts focused on upgrading the electricity supply to Corryong, telecommunication across the region and the ABC broadcasting tower.
She invited Mr Colvin to visit the area, and he accepted the invitation with details to come.