It could be until mid-2020 before the Tasmanian Government finds out if the Commonwealth will help foot the bill for fighting wilderness bushfires last summer.
Premier Will Hodgman sent a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison in January requesting funding beyond the usual disaster relief scheme to fund efforts battling the fires, which burned over 210,000 hectares, including 95,000 hectares in the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
In April, the state and federal governments announced they would provide $9.9 million for community bushfire recovery, but the funds would not be put towards the firefighting costs or environmental recovery.
A spokesperson for the Tasmanian Government said they were working with Emergency Management Australia to determine the cost of fighting the fires before putting in a claim with the Commonwealth.
"The Department of Premier and Cabinet has been working with Emergency Management Australia, and Tasmania's Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, to analyse firefighting costs to determine the portion of costs incurred protecting environmental assets from last summer's major fire event," he said.
"Tasmania has until 31 March 2020 to submit a claim to the Australian Government."
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Bushfire preparedness was a topic of discussion for the second consecutive day in Tasmanian Parliament, including the Greens criticising the government's response to last season's fires. Remote area firefighters from the TFS would not be sufficiently trained until next month after they were taken offline over workplace health and safety issues.
Wilderness Society campaign manager Tom Allen said the significant length of time for funding from the last bushfire season was a concern.
"A March 2020 deadline doesn't help Tasmanian society understand what the funding status is if we're faced with an even worse fire season than last year," he said.