The Shire of Collie will be able to treat serious bushfire risks in the town and surrounding areas, after it was granted $85,000 from the McGowan Labor Government.
The grant is part of the inaugural Mitigation Activity Fund, which is for eligible local governments to receive assistance to treat identified bushfire risks on their land.
The Shire of Collie has been working through its Bushfire Risk Management Plan, which identifies the bushfire risks around the town and surrounding areas.
It was endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, which meant that Collie could apply for the next stage of physically treating those bushfire risks with support from the McGowan Labor Government.
The Mitigation Activity Fund has already helped 26 local governments this financial year with more than $6.4 million in grants.
As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“I am very pleased that the Shire of Collie has been successful in not only completing its Bushfire Risk Management Plan, but now being eligible to receive assistance to treat those bushfire risks it has identified.
“Collie is in a beautiful area, but it poses significant challenges that need to be addressed.
“This $85,000 will make a big difference in helping Collie become a safer and more resilient community.
“The Mitigation Activity Fund is just part of the record funding that the McGowan Labor Government has put into mitigation since the introduction of the Rural Fire Division.
“We need to continue increasing our efforts at reducing catastrophic bushfire risks, and the McGowan Labor Government is giving eligible local governments the helping hand they need.”