Grant to reduce the impact of bushfires in Mandurah

Department of Fire and Emergency Services District Officer Terry Wegwermer and Superintendent Ray Buchan present the Mitigation Activity Fund cheque to City Project Officer Craig Perry and Mayor Rhys Williams.

The City of Mandurah will be carrying out a range of works to help reduce the impact of bushfires in the area thanks to a new grant.

$320,000 was awarded to the City from the Department of Emergency Services through the DFES Rural Fire Divisions's Mitigation Activity Funding Grant Scheme.

The City will use the money for 36 local mitigation treatments in 2020-21 with some of the work to be carried out in Tim's Thicket reserve.

This will include the widening of firebreaks and installation of limestone along the eastern edge, providing better access for fire appliances and a great separation distance between residences and fuel loads. 

Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said the City had a longstanding partnership with DFES to identify community, social, environmental and economic assets that may be at risk of bushfire and safety is a shared responsibility.

"Reducing the impacts of bushfires in Mandurah is something we all need to be aware of, and we encourage all landowners to undertake their own preparations well before summer," he said. 

"Throughout the year, the City undertakes a number of preventative initiatives to help prepare in the end of a bushfire, including prescribed burning, fire management plans, vegetation management strategies, fire breaks, community education and enforcement.

"This helps us to reduce the risk to life and property, and helps to protect our values environment."


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