Re: Nothing new
Most Australians currently fighting the fires are volunteers.
I think that's one of the biggest challenges with charity drives, making sure money goes to the right place. Which can be complicated by the charities involved and what the donation was for. So fire depts may end up with fleets of new fire trucks, but it would be a Good Thing(tm) if money was also going to volunteers to cover lost wages, expenses etc.
Then there's possible wider issues, like perhaps converting volunteers to full time firefighters who could then do more cool-burning and fire prevention.. But that would also require policy changes.