Funding for prescribed burns

The state government has committed more money to its prescribed burning program in the South West. The photo is from the fire in Allanson which happened in January.
The state government has committed more money to its prescribed burning program in the South West. The photo is from the fire in Allanson which happened in January.

Environment minister Stephen Dawson has announced a $22 million funding boost for the South West's Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program will be allocated in the next state budget.

The current funding was due to expire on June 30 this year, the program will now continue to be funded over the next four years, with $5.5 million a year going towards the program.

Research has shown that prescribed burning is effective in reducing the frequency and size of bushfires in South West forests, when at least 45 per cent of the landscape has a fuel age of less than six years since last burnt.

To reach its target in the three South West forest regions it manages, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Parks and Wildlife Service aims to prescribe burn at least 200,000 hectares each financial year.

Mr Dawson said with this significant investment from the 2019-20 State Budget, the DCBA could continue to deliver safety and biodiversity outcomes.

"This additional funding allows us to do that enhanced work, and it is really helping to protect South West communities," he said.

The WA government came under fire earlier this month after it was revealed there was $2.1 million less this year for the Royalties for Regions funded program.