Lyn MP Dr David Gillespie says year-round access to a large air tanker is an extra comfort in our region after the Black Summer fires

Large air tanker lease

The federal government has announced it will fund the leasing of a large airtanker to boost aerial firefighting muscle this fire season.

The extra resourcing is important as the Bushfire Danger Period is already in place across a number of local government areas, as of September 1, 2021.

The government has committed an annual $4 million to lease the aircraft, because of the earlier starting and later finishing fire seasons.

It has a capability to drop more than 15,000 litres of retardant or water and will be deployed very quickly, based on need.

Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said it was an extra comfort to know we would have year-round access to a large air tanker.

This extra firefighting muscle is in addition to an existing fleet of more than 150 specialised aircraft, to protect our communities.

A new national approach on suicide prevention

On World Suicide Prevention Day, the Scott Morrison/Barnaby Joyce government recognised this year's theme of Creating Hope Through Action.

The federal Coalition government did so by establishing the Australian National Suicide Prevention Office to lead a national mission to reduce the prevalence and impact of suicide in Australia.

The government is leading this work through record investment in, and concerted structural reform of, the national approach to suicide prevention.

In a first for Australia, the new National Suicide Prevention Office will have the capability to work across all governments and sectors to drive a nationally consistent and integrated approach to reducing suicide rates.

$20 million to support Australia's creative sector

Australia's creative and entertainment sector has received another major boost.

The Australian government has announced that $20 million will be shared by 63 leading organisations across the country, under the fifth batch of grants from the $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund.