Collie to get bushfire radio network funding

Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson announced the funding.
Federal Member for O'Connor Rick Wilson announced the funding.

The Shire of Collie will receive more than $118,000 from the federal government to fund a digital radio network that will assist the community in responding to the threat of bushfires.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson announced the funding for the Smart Emergency and Fire Management project earlier this week.

Mr Wilson said the project would develop a digital radio network in Collie that is capable of linking with the WA Emergency Radio and the Shire of Collie’s bush fire vehicles, to help respond to bushfires as quickly and safely as possible.

“Creating this network will help establishing direct and integrated communication, which is critical to avoid mistakes and provide a coordinated response during emergencies,” he said.

“Collie is a high-risk bushfire area, particularly in the peak of summer when the dry forests create a heavy fuel load within the shire.

“We’ve seen from recent events in WA that an immediate response and clear channels of communication are crucial in saving lives and protecting homes when bushfires approach a town.

“This radio network is an important investment and will assist the community in preparing for, and responding to, emergencies in the future.”

The funding will come from the federal government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, which aims to provide technological solutions to aid with problems faced in local communities.

A total of $28.5 million is being provided for round one of the program, with 40 per cent of projects based in regional locations across the country.