Emergency services will keep updated through satellites during bushfires
Emergency services will keep updated through satellites during bushfires Brett Wortman

Government sinks some cash into coping with disasters

NEW technology to provide emergency services with bushfire updates every 10 minutes through satellites will be funded as part of a $3.7 million package to tackle natural disasters.

The system, to be run by Geoscience Australia, will update the current system of six-hourly satellite images of bushfire "hotspots" across the country.

It was one of several projects announced on Tuesday by federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan, who said $257,000 would also go to the Queensland Farmers Federation to create new tools to help primary producers better manage the impacts of disasters on their businesses.

"Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities," Mr Keenan said.

"These projects, led by government agencies, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, will all help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters."

Other funding included $150,000 to help emergency services retain and recruit volunteers, and $200,000 for the Australian Fire Emergency Service Authorities Council to create a new national "road map" to improve emergency services around the country.

Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane said the projects would help more communities be better prepared.