Funding open for bushfire mitigation treatment activities
Media Statement from Hon Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA
- Second round of funding now open under $15m Mitigation Activity Fund
- 17 regional local governments are eligible to apply
- Bushfire mitigation treatment activities currently underway from first funding round
Up to 17 regional local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans are now eligible to apply for a share in $2 million of funding, under the $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to treat bushfire risks in their area.
Fifteen of the local governments who are eligible this year have already benefited from the first round of funding, following the introduction of the scheme last year.
The local governments shared in $1.47 million of Royalties for Regions funding to treat 374 bushfire risks across their communities, including reducing or clearing fuel loads that threaten housing and infrastructure assets, as well as creating escape routes for accommodation areas.
In this round of 2018-19 funding, up to 17 local governments can share in $2 million to treat extreme, very high and high bushfire risks that have been identified in their Bushfire Risk Management Plans.
To be eligible for the Mitigation Activity Fund, local governments must have their Bushfire Risk Management Plan endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management.
The eligible local governments have until June 11, 2018 to apply for funding.
They include the shires of Augusta-Margaret River; Beverley; Boddington; Boyup Brook; Bridgetown-Greenbushes; Carnamah; Chittering; Donnybrook-Balingup; Irwin; Jerramungup; Nannup; Northampton; Ravensthorpe; West Arthur; Wagin; and Woodanilling, and the City of Karratha.
There will be another round of funding later in 2018-19.
More information is available on the Office of Emergency Management's website at http://www.oem.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"There has been some significant mitigation work already under the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund, so I would encourage all eligible local governments to continue their efforts and apply for further funding.
"Congratulations to the City of Karratha and Shire of Wagin for having their Bushfire Risk Management Plans endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, and becoming eligible to apply for the Mitigation Activity Fund.
"The McGowan Labor Government is committed to increasing the level of mitigation throughout our State, which is why a record $35 million was allocated to further mitigation efforts on certain Crown land under the new Rural Fire Division.
"That is on top of the $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund and will be managed by the new Rural Fire Division in co-operation with other agencies including local government.
"We must continue to increase our combined efforts at reducing bushfire threats facing our communities, if we are to try to avoid repeats of previous catastrophic bushfires.
"The $2 million of funding that is now available is a big step towards achieving that goal."