Shire receives $258K boost for bushfire mitigation

SHIRE of Mundaring can carry out bushfire mitigation on a larger scale this year after receiving $258,000 from the State Government's Mitigation Activity Fund through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The inaugural fund allows eligible local governments to apply for financial assistance to treat identified bushfire risks on Crown and Shire-managed lands in their area.

To be eligible, a local government must first have its Bushfire Risk Management Plan (Plan) endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM).

Mundaring's Plan was endorsed by the OBRM in February this year, which enabled the Shire to propose a treatment schedule for bushfire mitigation activities across 21 sites.

Co-ordinator Community Safety and Emergency Management, Craig Cuthbert, said that sites were chosen strategically by Shire officers and mitigation works would extend across the local government's area. 

"Twenty-one sites have been carefully chosen based on the level of bushfire risk they pose," said Mr Cuthbert. 

"Mitigation works will include operations such as woody weed removal, strategic installation of firebreaks to prepare land for future burns, updating existing firebreaks, and mulching."

Mr Cuthbert said the OBRM's endorsement of the Plan, and the Shire's success in securing State Government funding through DFES, were both excellent outcomes for the community.

"This grant will greatly assist the Shire's Emergency Management Team and local brigades in minimising bushfire risk to our residents and their properties over the summer," he said.

Die-back and other environmental factors will be carefully considered and monitored in all bushfire mitigation activities.

The Mitigation Activity Fund has assisted 26 local governments with more than $6.4 million in grants this Financial Year. 

The Shire will apply for additional funding to undertake further mitigation works in the new Financial Year 2019-20. 

Residents are reminded the Prohibited Burning Period is in effect to 14 April 2019.

Don't forget
The Shire and local volunteer brigades will be holding free winter burning workshops from April through to Spring 2019. Email to register your interest.

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