Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Casey receives funding for Fire Mitigation Project

Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP has welcomed $208,000 in disaster resilience funding to better prepare local communities from the threat of bushfires.

Mr Smith said the funding will be provided to the Southern Ranges Environment Alliance, Yarra Ranges Shire Council and Emtrain Fire & Community Safety Pty Ltd under the Federal Government’s $15 million National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.

The Southern Ranges Environment Alliance- Kalowerama Community Fireguard & Weed Reduction Group & Yarra ranges Council Environment Project will receive $28,900 in assistance for residents to improve their fire safety by removing unwanted weeds and fuel loads from their properties, and landscape their property to reduce risk.

Yarra Ranges Council - Fuel Reduction in the Northern Dandenongs Project will receive $90,000 for fuel Reduction in the Northern Dandenongs that focuses on reducing fuel loads by removing large Sycamore trees from roadsides.

And $90,000 will go to the Emtrain Fire and Community Safety Pty Ltd - Responsible Burning-off in Victoria – A Community Guide to Reducing Bushfire Risk Project program which supports community resilience through building resilient landscapes. Resilient communities recover from disaster where they have active involvement in planning and prevention.

“Sadly residents in Casey know all too well the impact of bushfires”, Mr Smith said.

“This vital project will assist the community with mitigating the severity and impact of bushfires.

“This funding will also help local communities to capably and safely prepare for and respond to fires.

“The Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future disaster events and I am pleased to see this funding awarded,” Tony Smith said.

For further information please refer to the Emergency Management Victoria website at www.emv.vic.gov.au.

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