Bushfire mitigation funding boost
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.