Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action

    Topping up capacity for bushfire response in regional WA

    16/11/2021 12:00 PM
    • $2 million investment to fund water tanks across regional Western Australia
    • Program to deliver combined capacity of 8.5 million litres for Bush Fire Brigades

    More than 50 new water tanks are in the pipeline for construction under an initiative to improve emergency response to regional bushfires and support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


    A second round of the State Government's $2 million program will be rolled out over the coming months, with 31 local governments receiving a total of $1.2 million through grants to purchase and install 56 new water tanks for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades.


    The latest funding round brings the total number of water tanks delivered under the program to 117. This will provide an extra 8.5 million litres of water storage at regional Bush Fire Brigade stations and strategic locations across the State.


    The investment targets high risk areas either located outside of a townsite or brigades without current storage facilities at their station, reducing the time volunteer firefighters spend on refilling firefighting trucks.


    The funding is part of the State Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, of which $15 million was set aside for emergency services initiatives such as improving infrastructure and building new facilities. 


    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:


    "When bushfires threaten regional communities, Bush Fire Brigades are usually first on the scene and the State Government is committed to supporting them.


    "Having faster access to water reduces the amount of time volunteer firefighters need to refill their vehicles, and during an emergency every minute counts.


    "This two-year construction program has also supported regional communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with local tradespeople contracted to build and install water tanks.


    "I thank the local government sector for their support in rolling out the water tanks, which will support volunteers for many bushfire seasons to come."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300

    PilbaraShire of East PilbaraNullagine
    Perth & PeelShire of MundaringWoorooloo*
    WheatbeltShire of ToodyayBejoording
    WheatbeltShire of ToodyayCoondle-Nunile*
    WheatbeltShire of ToodyayJulimar
    WheatbeltShire of ToodyayMorangup**
    WheatbeltShire of ToodyayToodyay Central*
    WheatbeltShire of ChitteringLower Chittering
    WheatbeltShire of ChitteringMuchea
    WheatbeltShire of NorthamWundowie*
    WheatbeltShire of WanderingCodjatotine***
    WheatbeltShire of WanderingWandering Town***
    WheatbeltShire of WilliamsNarrakine
    WheatbeltShire of GoomallingJennacubbine
    WheatbeltShire of GoomallingCunjardine
    WheatbeltShire of GoomallingGoomalling Central
    WheatbeltShire of NarembeenNarembeen
    WheatbeltShire of NarroginNarrogin Central
    WheatbeltShire of NarroginNomans Lake
    WheatbeltShire of WaginBadjarning
    WheatbeltShire of WaginBallaying
    WheatbeltShire of WaginCancanning
    WheatbeltShire of WaginLime Lake
    Great SouthernShire of WoodanillingCartmeticup
    Great SouthernShire of WoodanillingWoodanilling Central
    Great SouthernShire of WoodanillingBeaufort Kenmare
    Great SouthernCity of AlbanyBornholm Kronkup
    Great SouthernShire of PlantagenetPorongurup
    Great SouthernShire of PlantagenetKendenup/Mortigallup
    Great SouthernShire of JerramungupNeedilup
    Great SouthernShire of JerramungupGairdner
    Goldfields-EsperanceShire of RavensthorpeRavensthorpe North
    Goldfields-EsperanceShire of RavensthorpeJerdacuttup
    GascoyneShire of CarnarvonGascoyne River
    GascoyneShire of Upper GascoyneUpper Gascoyne
    MidwestShire of IrwinIrwin South
    MidwestShire of CoorowMarchagee
    MidwestShire of CoorowWarradarge
    MidwestShire of MingenewMingenew
    South WestShire of ManjimupSmithbrook
    South WestShire of DardanupUpper Ferguson
    South WestShire of Augusta-Margaret RiverAlexandra Bridge
    South WestShire of Augusta-Margaret RiverKudardup
    South WestShire of Augusta-Margaret RiverWallcliffe


    *Tanks to be installed at two locations.

    **Tanks to be installed at three locations.

    ***Tanks to be installed at four locations.

    Note: Tank sizes range from 22,000-200,000 litres. Multiple tanks will be installed at some locations.