More than a decade ago, when the country was experiencing a severe bushfire crisis, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was trying to find ways to manage the blaze.
As a result, it created the Outdoor Exchange Service, an exchange for outdoor equipment that was designed to help the public exchange information about the bushfire, and provide advice and information to businesses and individuals.
The exchange was launched in February 2013, but has only been used for about three months.
What was the problem?
The NPWS was trying, in part, to reduce the spread of bushfires in the Murray-Darling Basin.
But the agency’s emergency management plan for the bushfires included a provision allowing people to exchange their bushfire-affected equipment for free.
“We have been able to make a number of concessions on this issue,” the director of the NPWS, Scott Riddle, told the ABC’s 7.30 program in January 2013.
He said the program would continue until the end of March, but added the exchange would be limited to people living within a 100 metre radius of the fire zone.
There are about 800 firefighters and 600 volunteers working to control the fires.
In the past, the exchange has been used by about 150 people.
How does it work?
A customer of the Outdoor exchange service can buy a product from a range of outdoor retailers, including Amazon, Walmart, Target and more.
Items can include backpacks, clothing, tents, backpacks and backpacks with wheels, all made by the same companies, with the same materials.
Once the customer has received the product, he or she can check whether it is free, return it or exchange it for another product, or purchase another item.
Customers can also ask questions about the products, including how to use them and if they are safe.
This service was set up in response to the bush fire crisis and it’s used by more than 2 million Australians, the NPW said in a statement.
It’s also used by small businesses in Victoria and NSW.
Why are people using it?
Many people were concerned about bushfire risk and wanted to take part in the exchange, the agency said.
They were also concerned that they could not exchange their items for free in Australia because the items could not be returned or exchanged.
To reduce the number of people using the service, the NPS introduced a $20 surcharge for anyone using the exchange.