Bushfire funding available for West Arthur

The state government is offering $2 million for bushfire mitigation.
The state government is offering $2 million for bushfire mitigation.

The Shire of West Arthur will have the opportunity to receive state government funding to treat bushfire risks in the area.

The second round of funding under the $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund has opened to regional communities with endorsed Bushfire Rick Management Plans, with $2 million available to the 17 eligible communities.

West Arthur received $45,500 to treat 52 separate bushfire risks back earlier this year during the first round of the funding program. 

The eligible local governments have until June 11 to apply for funding. The Shire of Collie is not one of the eligible communities.

Emergency Services minister Fran Logan encouraged all of the eligible communities to apply for funding.

"There has been some significant mitigation work already under the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund, so I would encourage all eligible local governments to continue their efforts and apply for further funding,” he said.

"We must continue to increase our combined efforts at reducing bushfire threats facing our communities, if we are to try to avoid repeats of previous catastrophic bushfires.

"The $2 million of funding that is now available is a big step towards achieving that goal."