New bush fire funding for Shire

Published on 11 July 2022

Volunteer Firefighter undertaking hazard control burning

The Shire of Murray has received bush fire mitigation funding for the first time.

$118,178 has been awarded from Round 1 of the State’s 2022/23 Mitigation Activity Fund Grants Program (MAFGP).

The money will help reduce bushfire hazards that present an extreme, very high or high risk to assets. Along with the Shire’s ongoing rollout of the Bushfire Risk Management Planning Program, it will help ensure that community bushfire risks are systematically assessed, prioritised and mitigated.

The Shire of Murray was eligible for the funding because it has a Bushfire Risk Management Plan that was endorsed by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management and adopted by the Shire of Murray Council last year.

It means the Shire can now undertake 10 bush fire treatments in Dwellingup, Nambeelup and Coolup. Activities will include installing fire breaks/fire access tracks, reducing fuel loads and carrying out hazard reduction burns.

Shire of Murray President Cr David Bolt said “The Shire of Murray believes working with local people with a deep and detailed understanding of the area is essential to ensure effective and coordinated implementation of fire mitigation and hazard reduction measures and treatments.

“However, the proper resourcing and funding of bush fire risk management can be a challenge. This money helps us prepare for, and respond to, the increasing risks posed by bush fires in our region.”

The MAFGP is managed and administered by Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Rural Fire Division (RFD)- Bushfire Risk Management (BRM) Branch. You can read more about the program by looking at the State government's media release.

And you can also read the Shire of Murray's Bushfire Risk Management Plan for 2021 – 2026