Hon Judi Moylan

Local Communities Urged To Apply for Funding to Prevent Bushfires

Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP is urging all eligible organisations within Pearce to apply for funding through the Australian Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Programme. Mrs Moylan said the funding was to be used for the construction, maintenance and signage of fire trail networks to assist local communities to better prepare for bushfires. “In the past many Pearce organisations have successfully applied for funding through the Bushfire Mitigation Programme,” Mrs Moylan said. “These included $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.” The Bushfire Mitigation Programme was established by the Coalition Government in September 2004 with the then Prime Minister, John Howard, announcing the allocation of $15 million for a Bushfire Mitigation Program, over three years. Building on the success of the initial 3 years, on 27 April 2007, the Coalition Government extended the Bushfire Mitigation Program for another 4 years until 30 June 2011 with $20 million in Australian Government funding, available nationally. “This initiative 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,” Mrs Moylan said. Applications are now open for the 2008-09 round of the Bushfire Mitigation Program. For more information visit www.ema.gov.au.

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