City Secures Grant Funding to Address Increased Bushfire Risk
Date02 December 2019
The City of Rockingham has secured $717,000 in funding from the State Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) to address the increased risk of bushfire.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said “Fire-prone conditions now extend into the winter months, as the City experienced first-hand with a significant fire at Folly Pool in Baldivis on 6 June 2019. A couple of months later we experienced our hottest August day on record with 28 degrees”.
“Under the City’s Bushfire Risk Management Plan we have a responsibility to the entire community to take steps to address any vulnerabilities in our bushfire preparedness and respond to risks which are, or are likely to be, conducive to the outbreak, spread or extension of a bush fire.”
The State Government has established the Bushfire Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) to proactively treat Extreme, Very High and High bushfire risks.
The City of Rockingham was successful in the pilot round of the MAF grant in 2018-2019 and used the funding to complete 14 separate mitigation activities targeting on-ground treatments that reduced Extreme, Very High and High bushfire risks across the City.
The City has received further funding in the current round of MAF grants to complete another 50 mitigation activities which will be focused on the installation of mineral earth firebreaks, emergency access ways and the reduction of vegetation fuel load.
“We thank the State Government for the MAF grant which will allow us to undertake ongoing work to improve bushfire safety, particularly in areas where bushland is close to homes”, Mayor Sammels said.
The MAF Grant Program is administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
A copy of the City of Rockingham’s Bushfire Risk Management Plan can be found below.