Twenty-one local governments across Western Australia have been granted a total of $6.05 million in State Government assistance to help reduce bushfire risks in their communities.
Under the first round of the 2020-21 Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) Grants Program, 612 mitigation activities will be carried out on Crown lands that are managed by local government and deemed to be at high risk of bushfire.
These mitigation activities will occur in areas from the Great Southern to the Goldfields-Midlands and metropolitan Perth.
They will include mechanical treatments to reduce fuel levels, the creation of firebreaks and planned burns.
Applications for the next round of the MAF Grants Program are expected to open next month for all local governments with a Department of Fire and Emergency Services-endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plan.
For more information on future MAF Grant Program rounds and how to prepare a Bushfire Risk Management Plan, local governments should visit https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au
As stated by Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“The level of interest, collaboration and effort we are seeing from local governments to protect their communities through addressing bushfire risks is extremely positive.
“The Mitigation Activity Fund Grants Program provides crucial financial support to empower and enable local governments to reduce the threat of bushfire to their area.
“Since 2017, the State Government has funded 37 local governments to carry out more than 2,500 mitigation activities, a contribution of well over $20 million in creating a safer State.”
|Local Government||Allocated Amount||Number of Treatments|
|Shire of Augusta Margaret River||$345,500.00||34|
|Shire of Beverley||$72,500.00||10|
|Shire of Boyup Brook||$196,180.00||22|
|Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes||$154,940.00||24|
|City of Bunbury||$302,868.00||42|
|City of Busselton||$499,500.00||36|
|Shire of Collie||$131,235.00||22|
|Shire of Dardanup||$492,880.00||39|
|Shire of Denmark||$500,000.00||37|
|Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup||$190,750.00||31|
|Shire of Gingin||$499,444.00||47|
|City of Kalamunda||$80,490.98||9|
|City of Mandurah||$318,600.00||36|
|Shire of Manjimup||$342,238.00||44|
|Shire of Mundaring||$332,000.00||16|
|Shire of Northam||$495,550.00||60|
|Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale||$493,500.00||21|
|City of Swan||$56,459.67||11|
|Shire of Toodyay||$462,600.00||62|
|Shire of Wagin||$55,250.00||4|
|Shire of Woodanilling||$25,500.00||5|