The Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino today welcomed $26,500 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare local communities from the threat of bushfires.
Ms Marino said the funding will be provided to the Department of Parks and Wildlife Yallingup under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.
“The South West has seen too many major fire incidents for us to take our safety for granted” Mrs Marino said. “The losses of life and property we saw in the Margaret River and Yarloop fires remind us that we all have a role to play in protecting ourselves and our communities from fire.”
The Commonwealth and State Governments have combined resources to better manage fire risk in the Capes region.
“This project will enable Parks and Wildlife Yallingup to undertake 7.8 kilometres of mechanical fuel management to reduce the risk of bushfires in the area” Mrs Marino said.
“The larger lifestyle blocks and hilly terrain of the Yallingup and Dunsborough region means it carries a high fuel load. This makes it essential that Government assists the community here to be more resilient and be better prepared to prevent and lessen the impact of future bushfires.”
“The Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future events,” Ms Marino said.
For further information in regard to the projects please refer to the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au