The federal budget did not include any money for preventing a repeat of the summer bushfires that ripped through the Upper Murray and Alpine areas, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg did hint there would be more announcements to come.
Bushfire funding instead included $76 million for mental health support for people affected by the fires, a commitment that relief payments would be tax-free, and another $9.6 million in 2021-21 to complete the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.
"Further investments to strengthen our resilience to natural disasters will be announced in our response to the Royal Commission," Mr Frydenberg said in his speech to Parliament on Tuesday.
Speaking to The Border Mail briefly after that speech, he said regional areas would benefit from money for water, concessional loans and telecommunications.
"Regions are where the jobs are where we need to build the resilience for the recovery," he said.
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