SWAN AND AVON VALLEYS RECEIVE DISASTER PROTECTION FUNDING
Posted on Monday, 4 September 2006
Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP today announced funding of $70,000 to help protect communities in the Swan and Avon River catchments against flooding.
Ms Moylan says that this Australian Government funding will be matched by the State Government and forms part of a total pool of $9 million that will be allocated nationally by the Australian Government under the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program 2006-07.
She said the funding would install an integrated real-time rainfall and river level data collection network and communication system comprising of 32 rainfall sites, 20 river level sites and 14 radio repeaters throughout the catchments.
“This will provide an affordable and effective early warning system to protect communities from death and serious injury by enabling timely community preparation or evacuation,” she explained.
“Although serious flooding is not a frequent occurrence, the consequences for the communities throughout the catchment are serious.
“Northam, York, Beverley and Toodyay are all at risk of flooding but will benefit from the increased security the network will provide, which will enable the more effective and efficient use of resources and better protection of property and infrastructure.
“The Howard Government is committed to minimising the impact of natural hazards on our lives, our families and our communities and the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program is one tool we have to achieve this.”
The Natural Disaster Mitigation Program identifies and addresses natural disaster risk priorities across the nation. Funds are available for measures that contribute to safer, sustainable communities that are better able to withstand the effects of natural disasters.
The initiative is delivered through partnerships between all levels of government, with the Australian Government generally contributing up to one-third of approved project costs and state and territory governments and local agencies making up the balance.
For more information about the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program visit www.dotars.gov.au/naturaldisasters