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Shire of Waroona receives $36k for bushfire preparedness from mitigation activity fund

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The Shire of Waroona has received bushfire mitigation funding.
Camera IconThe Shire of Waroona has received bushfire mitigation funding. Credit: DFES

The Shire of Waroona has received State Government funding to assist its preparations for the upcoming bushfire season.

It was one of 28 councils across WA which have received grants from the latest mitigation activity fund round, with the Shire being granted $36,220 for four fire mitigation activities.

Local governments receive the funds to undertake works including building firebreaks and undertaking hazard reduction burns to minimise the risks and impact of bushfires.

A total of 550 mitigation activities have been funded under the latest funding round, with total grant funding valued at $5.7 million.

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Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said the funding would empower communities to be better prepared for bushfires, with 90 per cent of the State prone to them.

“The knowledge and understanding local governments have of their area puts them in a unique position to build resilience within their communities,” he said.

“With warmer weather just months away, now is the time to prepare high-risk areas in order to protect what is most important to us all — life and property.”

The grants are only available to local governments with a Department of Fire and Emergency Services-endorsed bushfire risk management plan.

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