Bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion fund­ing boost

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

THE fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments have an­nounced a joint fund­ing boost to en­hance bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion in Vic­to­ria.

Com­mon­wealth Min­is­ter for Jus­tice Michael Keenan an­nounced $2.712 mil­lion in fund­ing over three years as part of the Com­mon­wealth’s Na­tional Bush­fire Mit­i­ga­tion Pro­gram.

Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Emer­gency Ser­vices Jane Gar­rett wel­comed the con­tri­bu­tion and said the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and other or­gan­i­sa­tions would match the fund­ing to the tune of $2.712 mil­lion over three years.

Mr Keenan said it was vi­tal the Com­mon­wealth part­ner with Vic­to­ria 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.

Min­is­ter Gar­rett said the fund­ing is be­ing pro­vided to sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties that are im­por­tant to Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria’s first state bush­fire man­age­ment strat­egy, an en­hanced fire pro­tec­tion pro­gram us­ing fuel re­duc­tion burns, up­grad­ing fire trails and fa­cil­i­tat­ing a tar­geted grants pro­gram to sup­port lo­cal bush­fire mit­i­ga­tion ini­tia­tives.

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