Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

    Funding to help build bushfire resilience

    23/12/2015 10:20 AM
    • 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."


    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. 


    For more information, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au or http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au  


    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 

    Minister's office - 6552 6500


    List of grant recipients and associated project


    City of CanningInstalling fire trails in bushfire prone areas in Canning
    City of CockburnReduction of extreme bushfire risk within the City of Cockburn
    City of KarrathaCity of Karratha bushfire risk implementation program
    City of MandurahCity of Mandurah bushfire risk mitigation project
    Department of Parks and WildlifeCentral West Coast - strategic access and fuel modification project
    Department of Parks and WildlifeWedge shack community - emergency water supply
    Department of Parks and WildlifeKalbarri bushfire mitigation - strategic fire access trails upgrades
    Department of Parks and WildlifeUpgrade of Springfield firebreaks and access tracks
    Department of Parks and WildlifeIroncaps fuel reduction buffer
    Department of Parks and WildlifeSkeleton Rock fuel reduction buffer
    Department of Parks and WildlifeUpgrades of firebreaks in Thames forest block
    Department of Parks and WildlifeUpper Great Southern fire trail upgrade
    Department of Parks and WildlifeGreat Western Woodlands strategic fire access upgrade
    Department of Parks and WildlifeUpgrade of Northcliffe firebreaks and access tracks
    Department of Parks and WildlifeImproved water point access for Northcliffe townsite and surrounding community
    Shire of Augusta-Margaret RiverFire access trails for townsite reserves
    Shire of CollieUrban interface bushfire hazard reduction program
    Shire of GoomallingGoomalling townsite perimeter strategic burning
    Shire of JerramungupPoint Henry vegetation hazard management and protection strategy
    Shire of MingenewShire of Mingenew bushfire management plan
    Shire of NorthamShire of Northam landholdings - fuel load reduction works
    Shire of ToodyayToodyay Reserves fire mitigation program
    Shire of WaginMt Latham hazard reduction