Fed­eral three-year fund­ing boost to cut bush­fire risk

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Fed­eral Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan has an­nounced $904,000 in fund­ing over three years to help re­duce the bush­fire risk in WA.

Mr Keenan said it was vi­tal the Com­mon­wealth part­nered with WA to bet­ter pre­pare lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties for bush­fires through en­hanced mit­i­ga­tion.

“Bush­fires are a fact of life in Aus­tralia and they can be dev­as­tat­ing for the com­mu­ni­ties in their path,” Mr Keenan said.

“We’re fund­ing projects that will help to min­imise risks to com­mu­ni­ties from bush­fires and re­duce the costs of re­con­struc­tion and re­cov­ery.

State Act­ing Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said the fund­ing would be al­lo­cated through a lo­cal grants scheme to help or­gan­i­sa­tions re­duce the threat from bush­fire.

“They will help pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties by fund­ing projects such as the in­stal­la­tion of fire-breaks, pre­scribed burn­ing and bush­fire aware­ness cam­paigns,” she said.

The grants pro­gram will be ad­min­is­tered by the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

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