Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    'Are You Ready?' bushfire grants now available

    22/09/2015 10:00 AM
    • Grants of up to $50,000 available to help communities reduce bushfire risk

    Applications are now open for Western Australian communities to apply for 'Are You Ready?' bushfire grants to help them reduce the threat from bushfire.


    The grants are funded through the National Bushfire Mitigation Program, which is a partnership between the Australian and State governments and Territories to better equip communities to prevent and withstand bushfires.


    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the grants of up to $50,000 would benefit local communities in getting prepared for bushfires.


    "Bushfires are an unavoidable part of the WA summer and it's essential everyone plays their part in reducing their bushfire risk," Mr Francis said.


    "This year is no exception, with a tough bushfire season forecast for large parts of the South-West, including Perth and surrounding areas.


    "The bushfire grants will be invaluable in helping organisations to undertake bushfire mitigation work such as installing fire breaks, prescribed burning and promoting bushfire safety in the community.  


    "Building strong, resilient communities will minimise the destruction and devastation bushfires cause, and reduce the financial cost of recovery."


    The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is co-ordinating the grants process, with up to $605,000 to allocate this round.


    The grants are open to eligible local governments, fire brigades and emergency services organisations.


    Applications close at 4pm on Monday October 26, 2015. To apply for a grant, or to find out more information, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/


    Fact File

    • The Australian Government-funded National Bushfire Mitigation Program provides $15 million over three years in funding to States and Territories to assist with bushfire mitigation programs
    • WA will receive $904,000 over three years to enhance bushfire mitigation
    • DFES will co-ordinate the application and distribution of the 'Are You Ready?' bushfire grants through an open competitive process
    • To prepare for bushfires, visit http://areyouready.wa.gov.au/  

    Minister's office - 6552 6500