Local communities can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 in a bid to better prepare against the threat of bushfire.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said bushfires were an “unavoidable part of the WA summer” and Perth and the state’s South-West could expect a tough bushfire season this summer.
“The bushfire grants will be invaluable in helping organisations to undertake bushfire mitigation work such as installing fire breaks, prescribed burning and promoting bushfire safety in the community,” Mr Francis said.
Shire of Kalamunda spokeswoman Nicole O’Neill said the grants would help improve services offered by local volunteer fire brigades in conjunction with some funding from the council.
“The shire provides a lot of support to (Kalamunda volunteer bush fire brigade) but they do operate as their own community organisation,” Ms O’Neill said.
As part of the “Are You Ready?” grants, which are funded through the National Bushfire Mitigation Program, up to $605,000 will be allocated through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services this year.
The program provides $15 million over three years to Australian states and territories to assist with bushfire mitigation, with WA expected to receive $904,000 of that sum.
“Building strong, resilient communities will minimise the destruction and devastation bushfires cause, and reduce the financial cost of recovery,” Mr Francis said.