Mil­lions bud­geted for bush­fire man­age­ment

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

YORK, Northam and Toodyay will re­ceive funds to fur­ther their bush­fire man­age­ment plans to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties.

More than 25 lo­cal gov­ern­ments will ben­e­fit from the $3.7 mil­lion grant as part of the 2017-18 State Bud­get, to de­velop or fur­ther their Bush­fire Risk Man­age­ment Plans.

The plans iden­tify ar­eas that are at high risk of bush­fires and de­velop strate­gies to deal with them.

The pro­gram be­gan in the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year and iden­ti­fied 16 high risk ar­eas.

Sev­eral shires are well ad­vanced in their plans and should be work­ing to­wards treat­ment strate­gies to re­duce their bush­fire risk.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Lo­gan said the best way com­mu­ni­ties could deal with bush­fires was to try not to let them hap­pen in the first place.

“Bush­fire Risk Man­age­ment Plans help lo­cal gov­ern­ments iden­tify the high risk bush­fire ar­eas that they need to address,” he said.

“All landown­ers have to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­duc­ing fuel loads and pre­vent­ing avoid­able bush­fires.

“I would strongly en­cour­age those lo­cal gov­ern­ments that have de­vel­oped plans to start work­ing on treat­ment strate­gies as soon as pos­si­ble.”

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