The State Government has welcomed Western Power’s decision to contribute $300,000 over the next three years to help volunteer bush brigades in the metropolitan area and within the main electricity network.
Energy Minister Francis Logan said the generous funding arrangement was another example of Western Power’s commitment to regional communities across Western Australia.
He said the funding would involve grants, website support and assistance with bushfire forums run by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA).
A cheque for $100,000 for the first year’s funding was presented by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Energy and Swan Hills MLA Jaye Radisich at Gidgegannup Fire Station today.
Mr Logan said this year’s funding included $80,000 in grants for individual volunteer brigades.
“This represents a tremendous opportunity for these brigades to improve their equipment and facilities and ensure they are well-positioned to tackle the inevitable bushfire threat,” he said.
“Brigades can apply for funding for firefighting or other specific pieces of equipment up to $5,000 and I encourage them to do so.”
Ms Radisich said Western Power’s funding would give local brigades access to funds to purchase innovative equipment to help volunteers work more efficiently.
“Local brigades such as Stoneville and Wooroloo have developed equipment to make lighter work of the difficult business of firefighting,” she said.
“The new funding from Western Power will help other brigades fund equipment and infrastructure, such as community fire trailers and remote-controlled retractable hose reels.”
Western Power managing director Doug Aberle said the funding recognised the excellent and often dangerous work done by volunteer fire fighting brigades across regional WA.
“The funding is part of our commitment to build stronger community links by working together with communities and reducing the impact its infrastructure has during bushfire season,” Mr Aberle said.
“This program is one of a number of ways Western Power is working with the community to help reduce the impact and severity of bushfires in regional areas.
“Western Power is also a proud sponsor of the aerial suppression aircraft which operates out of Albany during the peak fire season.”
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