York, Northam and Toodyay: millions budgeted for bushfire management

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YORK, Northam and Toodyay will receive funds to further their bushfire management plans to protect communities.

More than 25 local governments will benefit from the $3.7 million grant as part of the 2017-18 State Budget, to develop or further their Bushfire Risk Management Plans.

The plans identify areas that are at high risk of bushfires and develop strategies to deal with them.

The program began in the 2014-15 financial year and identified 16 high risk areas.

Several shires are well advanced in their plans and should be working towards treatment strategies to reduce their bushfire risk.

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the best way communities could deal with bushfires was to try not to let them happen in the first place.

“Bushfire Risk Management Plans help local governments identify the high risk bushfire areas that they need to address,” he said.

“All landowners have to take the responsibility of reducing fuel loads and preventing avoidable bushfires.

“I would strongly encourage those local governments that have developed plans to start working on treatment strategies as soon as possible.”

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