West Arthur receives bushfire mitigation funding

The Shire of West Arthur has received $45,500 to combat 52 separate bushfire risks.
The Shire of West Arthur has received $45,500 to combat 52 separate bushfire risks.

The Shire of West Arthur will receive more than $45,000 in funding from the state government to reduce the risk of bushfires.

West Arthur was one of the shires selected for the first round of the state government’s Mitigation Activity Fund and will receive $45,500.

The funding will be used to help reduce the potential impact of 52 bushfire risks identified within the shire.

A total of 15 regional governments received a total of $1.47m in funding under the first round of the project.

Emergency services minister Fran Logan said the funding would help regional governments deal with the bushfire risks they face.

“We face an ever-drying climate in Western Australia with bushfires that can be devastating, so we have to increase our focus on trying to prevent natural disasters where possible,” he said.

“This $1.47 million of funding will help 15 regional local governments get out on the ground and do something practical about reducing the risks their communities face.

“The Mitigation Activity Fund follows on from the funding for the Bushfire Risk Management Planning process, which helped local governments identify the risks they faced.

“I am very pleased that these local governments, in high-risk areas, have identified what needs treating and will use this funding to help keep their communities safe.”