Funding boost for fire information site

Sigrid Brown

Updated January 06, 2010 08:40:00

A website that tracks bushfires and weather conditions in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia has secured new funding.

The North Australian Fire Information (NAFI) website was in jeopardy late last year with the financial sponsor, the Tropical Savannas Cooperative Research Centre, closing its doors.

NAFI spokesman Kim Dungey says the site costs about $180,000 to run, with the Northern Territory Government now signing up to fund about 75 per cent of the project.

Mr Dungey says the website is looking to increase its funding by introducing a user pays system for extra features.

“What the NAFI site have offered is to build digital tools for people who supply funding for the continuance of the site so that anybody can then use a password and upload data onto it,” he said.

“Things like fire lines, local burning, put in infrastructure too for fire fighting, you can actually add water points, tanks, fire fighting equipment.”

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First posted January 06, 2010 08:06:00

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