Shire of Mundaring urges residents to be bushfire ready


Library officer Bronwyn McNabb with a sample emergency kit.
Library officer Bronwyn McNabb with a sample emergency kit.

SHIRE of Mundaring residents are encouraged to complete an online survey to find out their preparedness for a bushfire emergency.

The Shire recently secured $50,000 in State funding from an emergency management program.

Through a pilot project with Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Australian Red Cross, the Shire has contracted an emergency preparedness officer for 12 months.

Shire President David Lavell said the Shire was in a high-risk bushfire area.

“Fire risk is increased if your property is close to, or uphill from, bush and if you have limited access to exit routes,” he said.

He urged residents to have a bushfire plan and an asset protection zone for the home, along with reduced fuel loads around the property.

“Small steps taken through the year can help you be emergency ready,” he said.

Cr Lavell said the online Are You Ready quiz would assist residents in preparing for the bushfire season.

“This quiz is designed to get residents thinking about how ready they are in the case of a bushfire, so they can better manage if one should occur again,” he said.

The survey is online at the Shire website and at libraries, with more information until August 15.

Cr Lavell said it was important residents knew where to access resources.

“If the whole community works together to prepare their properties, the suburb will have a greater chance of coming through a major emergency,” he said.

The 12-month pilot project is designed to encourage residents to share bushfire plans and identify at risk groups and individuals. Visit www.mundaring.wa.gov.au.