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‘Extraordinary circumstances’: Deputy PM flags aid for fire-hit towns

Devastated country towns will need state and federal help to get back on their feet after suffering in vast bushfires this week, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has said.

Mr McCormack, whose Riverina electorate is close to the heavily-impacted Batlow area, predicted economic strife for towns like Tumbarumba and Tumut, which lost large sections of their timber stock.

"We’ll offer what assistance and what packages need to be done."

“We’ll offer what assistance and what packages need to be done.”Credit:AAP

“Their economies are underpinned 70 per cent by timber, now they’ve lost a lot of their soft wood plantations and that takes 20 years to regrow,” the Deputy PM said.

He also said the tourism industry would take a hit around the Snowy Mountains and the Riverina, making recovery packages necessary.

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