Hon Judi Moylan

$29,000 announced for Pearce through Bushfire Mitigation Program

The Pearce Electorate has received an additional $29,000 in Australian Government Bushfire Mitigation Program funding for 2006-07 for two projects. According to Member for Pearce, Hon Judi Moylan MP, this funding will enhance the construction, maintenance and signage of local bushfire trail networks. The projects include $25,000 to complete sheeting and construct turn-around areas on Schipp Road in Piesse Brook and the upgrade of the Strategic fire trail at Old Yanchep Road, at Pinjar, including removal of woody weed and regrowth to provide safe access ($4000). Ms Moylan added that the total commitment of the Australian Government Bushfire Mitigation Program to Western Australia was $678,417 in 2006-07. The Bushfire Mitigation Program was first announced in 2004.” “This initiative is operating in its third and final year and has effectively brought together land management agencies with State and Local Governments to combine resources to address the most critical fire trail works,’’ Ms Moylan said. Fires throughout Western Australia have been contained as a result of works through this scheme. “The Bushfire Mitigation Program complements existing fire risk management activities in Western Australia and works in conjunction with the state bushfire mitigation priorities and assessment procedures,” Ms Moylan said. Ms Moylan welcomed the new funding and the continuation of the program, which addresses vital issues that have been identified by a number of recent bushfire inquiries, particularly after the events of the past month. In a speech to the Federal Parliament this month, Ms Moylan expressed her heartfelt thanks to those who have fought the fires across Western Australia in recent weeks and passed on her condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of much-loved local school teacher Michelle Mack who sadly lost her life during the Toodyay fires. Further information regarding the Bushfire Mitigation Programme is available at http://www.dotars.gov.au or by contacting the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation on (08) 9731 6232. -Ends-

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