THE Shire of Gingin has secured funding to finish two projects – one on the Gingin Brook and the other in Woodridge – to reduce the risk of bushfires.
Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby said the shire had been allocated $500,000 from the mitigation activity fund grants program.
A Shire of Gingin spokeswoman said the funding was to finish off the installation of several crossovers across Gingin Brook to enable emergency vehicles to get quickly to the other side of the brook in the event of a fire.
“This will save them from having to deviate miles either upstream or down to find a crossing point and as we all know, time is very precious during an emergency,’’ she said.
“The second purpose of the funding is to upgrade existing fire and access tracks for the southern boundary of Woodridge.’’
Limestone will be used to give the fire and access tracks a more solid road base so firefighting operations can be more safely undertaken.
The spokeswoman said the upgrades to the fire access tracks in Woodridge should be finished before the start of the bushfire season.
“However, due to the high rainfall season we have had this year, the crossover works for Gingin Brook have been delayed at it is unlikely they will all be finished before the upcoming bushfire season.”
The Shire of Gingin is one of 26 local governments from the Great Southern, Goldfields, Pilbara and Perth areas to get funding through the mitigation activity fund grants program.
Mr Whitby said bushfires in the WA landscape were a reality and the mitigation activity fund grants program helped local governments prepare for that possibility.
“We can’t stop every bushfire, but the state government is committed to doing everything we can to support local governments reduce the risk,’’ he said.
The McGowan Government said the funding would support local governments to conduct more than 1100 mitigation activities in high bushfire-risk areas on state-owned land, including mechanical treatments to reduce fuel levels, the creation of firebreaks and planned burns.
Funding for mitigation activities has been available to local governments with endorsed bushfire risk management plans since the program started in 2017.