Two years on from the Black Summer bushfires, disaster recovery remains firmly in the minds of voters in areas devastated by the disaster.
The issue was also front and centre for Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, who was campaigning in the electorate of Gilmore on the NSW south coast on Thursday, an area heavily hit by the blazes of 2019-20.
During a blitz of the electorate, federal Labor pledged $5 million for an emergency operations centre in the town of Moruya, one of the places most affected during the Black Summer disaster.
An extra $20 million would be provided for the centre under a NSW state Labor government.
"We need to learn the lessons when crises occur, and the lesson is ... we need to co-locate the emergency services functions," Mr Albanese told reporters.
"During the crisis in 2019-20, this was a community that was under siege, this is a community in which every single family was impacted by these devastating bushfires."
Mr Albanese said one of the key concerns from locals in the bushfires' aftermath was emergency services being located in different areas, such as temporary facilities in nearby RSL halls.
Gilmore is one of the seats the opposition need to hold on to if Labor is to win government.
Labor's Fiona Phillips holds the seat by a 2.6 per cent margin, which she won off the coalition at the last election in 2019.
The announcement at Moruya on Thursday comes following the opposition pledging to spend $200 million a year on disaster prevention measures should it win office.
Australian Associated Press