McGowan Labor Government strengthens bushfire risk identification

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McGowan Labor Government strengthens bushfire risk identification

Vital work to protect communities from catastrophic bushfires has been boosted by the McGowan Labor Government.

More than 25 local governments will benefit from $3.7 million of funding, as part of the 2017-18 State Budget, to develop or further their Bushfire Risk Management Plans.

The management plans identify local government areas that are at high-risk of bushfires and develop strategies to deal with them.

Several shires are well advanced in their plans and should be working towards treatment strategies to reduce their bushfire risk.

The program began in the 2014-15 financial year and included 16 local governments identified at high-risk of bushfire.

The new funding will enable another 11 local governments, Busselton; Coorow; Dandaragan; Denmark; Gingin; Harvey; Manjimup; Northam; Toodyay; Wagin; and York, to begin working on their management plans.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said "The best way communities can deal with bushfires is to try to stop them happening in the first place.

"Bushfire Risk Management Plans help local governments identify the high-risk bushfire areas that they need to address.

"All landowners have to take the responsibility of reducing fuel loads and preventing avoidable bushfires.

"Bushfire Risk Management Plans contribute to an efficient and cost effective way of identifying the highest risk bushfire areas, thereby using at times expensive and scarce resources appropriately.

"This funding will give more local governments the opportunity to start developing their plans, but I would strongly encourage those local governments that have developed plans to start working on treatment strategies as soon as possible."

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