Western Australian local governments are set to share in $5.5 million in funding to assist with bushfire risk mitigation activities for future preparedness.
The successful local governments, from the north-west to the Great Southern region, will carry out 714 mitigation activities to reduce bushfire risks in their areas.
This latest round of funding assistance is part of the State Government’s $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund supported by Royalties for Regions.
The Royalties for Regions mitigation funding was introduced in 2017.
So far 58 grants totalling more than $10 million have been allocated to 26 local governments, with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, to treat more than 1,500 bushfire risks in their areas.
Mitigation activities include mechanical and chemical treatments to reduce fuel levels, creating firebreaks, and conducting hazard-reduction burns.
Emergency Services Minister, Francis Logan, said the Mitigation Activity Fund is already making a significant difference to local governments throughout Western Australia with over 1,500 mitigation treatments carried out so far.
“It is great to see that nearly $5.5 million has been allocated this funding round to 23 regional local governments to treat 714 bushfire risks throughout the Pilbara, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern,” Mr Logan said.
“For every dollar we invest in mitigation, we save $11 in emergency management so not only does it make sense to reduce the chances of catastrophic bushfires and the effects they have on communities, but it also makes financial sense.
“Since 2017, the State Government has allocated more than $10 million to 26 local governments under the Mitigation Activity Fund supported by Royalties for Regions.
“There are more rounds to come, so I would encourage all local governments throughout WA to get an endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plan in place and apply for mitigation activity funding to reduce their bushfire risks and boost their chances of avoiding a catastrophic bushfire in the future.”