Grants For Bushfire Risk Reduction Activities Awarded

Grants For Bushfire Risk Reduction Activities Awarded

Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Joe Francis

Funding To Help Build Bushfire Resilience

Victor P Taffa

  • More than $500,000 awarded to help reduce bushfire risk
  • Grants will fund 23 State and local government projects

‘Are You Ready?’ bushfire grants worth more than $557,000 have been awarded to 12 local governments across Western Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife to help reduce the threat of bushfires.

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the 23 projects funded by the grants would help local governments and Parks and Wildlife to undertake important bushfire risk reduction activities.

“These projects include fuel reduction burns, installing fire access trails in bush reserves and constructing low fuel zones around property and critical infrastructure.” Mr. Francis said.

“The State Government is doing everything it can to prepare for bushfires, however, it’s a team effort and everyone needs to play their part.”

“I urge everyone to create a bushfire survival plan, have an emergency kit ready to go and maintain their property throughout summer. This will give you, your family and property the best chance of surviving a bushfire.” Mr. Francis said.

The grants are funded through the National Bushfire Mitigation Programme which is a partnership between Federal and State governments to better equip communities to prepare for and withstand bushfires.

Fact File

  • Grants of up to $50,000 have been awarded to State and local governments
  • WA will receive $904,000 over three years to enhance bushfire mitigation
  • DFES is co-ordinating the ‘Are You Ready?’ bushfire grants process