The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra
$1.47 million to be spent on the treatment of bushfire risks under new $15 million Mitigation Activity FundFunding will support 374 individual treatments across 15 local governments
The first round of funding under the new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund has been announced today.
Fifteen regional local governments, which have endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, will share $1.47 million of funding to treat a total of 374 bushfire risks across their communities.
The Mitigation Activity Fund, supported by Royalties for Regions over three years, will help local governments carry out practical works to reduce the risks they face.
Funding from the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund will be allocated to:
Further funding information can be found at http://www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding or by calling (08) 6551 4036.
Another round of funding applications will open in late April 2018.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:
"We face an ever-drying climate in Western Australia with bushfires that can be devastating, so we have to increase our focus on trying to prevent natural disasters where possible.
"It is incumbent upon every landowner to reduce the bushfire risks that they face.
"This $1.47 million of funding will help 15 regional local governments get out on the ground and do something practical about reducing the risks their communities face.
"The Mitigation Activity Fund follows on from the funding for the Bushfire Risk Management Planning process, which helped local governments identify the risks they faced.
"I am very pleased that these local governments, in high-risk areas, have identified what needs treating and will use this funding to help keep their communities safe."
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Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for 12 local government areas in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Joyce a week ago.
Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
"The activation of assistance under the NDRRA will ensure affected communities have support to help them recover," Minister Taylor said.
Minister Taylor said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible people, small businesses and primary producers in the local government areas of Broome, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Northam, Quairading, Upper Gascoyne, Victoria Plains, Wongan Ballidu and York.
Minister Logan said the Australian and Western Australian governments recognised the importance of acting quickly to help these communities.
"Some of these areas were also affected by Tropical Cyclone Hilda in late December 2017, so they have been hit twice in just a few weeks," Mr Logan said.
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:
The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.
People suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of Tropical Cyclone Joyce should call the disaster response hotline on 1800 032 965.
Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.
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Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017.
"The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities like the local government area of Broome," Mr Taylor said.
"The north of Western Australia has again faced heavy rains and winds this week from Cyclone Joyce. This assistance announced today will help recovery efforts from the earlier Cyclone Hilda event just after Christmas, including restoration and replacement of road infrastructure and removal of debris from residential properties."
Minister Logan said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers within the disaster affected local government area of Broome.
"We are also providing assistance to councils and state agencies to cover the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged public infrastructure," Mr Logan said.
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:
Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the WANDRRA pages of the OEM's website.
The Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Francis Logan MLA has today tabled in Parliament the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Report.
The 162 page report, prepared each year for the Minister by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), is a state-wide assessment of WA's preparedness for emergencies.
Key findings of the 2017 report:
The Emergency Management (EM) sector in WA is highly functioning, collaborative and cooperative.
There is a growing understanding about the risks that will be faced and realism about the capabilities that can be mobilised to confront them.
The sector is well equipped to deal with most 'business as usual' events. There is a developing acceptance and understanding of the need to improve the recovery process.
Agencies are actively preparing for the onset of major emergencies.
Agencies identify and seek to solve issues as they arise. This includes improved internal procedures and processes; and strengthening and broadening cooperation and sharing.
Proactive (mitigation) and post incident (recovery) funding can be insufficient or difficult to access.
As the magnitude and scale of an emergency increases, the effectiveness of the response diminishes.
There is a capability gap between where we are as a state and where we need to be. The next big challenge will be to broaden the preparedness message with better engagement and reach into the community.
The data for the report is collected from Hazard Management Agencies, Emergency Management Agencies, Local Governments and Service Providers. The 2017 report is the most comprehensive with 170 agencies receiving the survey and a 350% increase in data collected compared to 2016.
The 2017 Emergency Preparedness Report is available for download from this website Click here.
The Western Australian government has secured funding from the Royalties for Regions program to support bushfire mitigation activities within and adjacent to regional town sites in WA.
The 2017-18 Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) round focuses on assisting 15 high-risk priority local governments who have completed their Bushfire Risk Management Plans (BRMPs) to the satisfaction of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM).
The 15 local governments will have the opportunity to request funding from the 27 November 2017 to 4 January 2018, with information on eligibility and the application process on the OEM website: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/mitigationactivityfund.
For more information about the 2017-18 Mitigation Activity Fund please contact the OEM Grants Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org on 6551 4036.
The 2017 State Award Ceremony was held on the 1 November 2017 during the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2017 at the University Club of Western Australia. The SEMC Chair, Dr Ron Edwards announced the WA winners.
Lurline Byles a photographer from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for her "Rescue at Last Light" in the Resilient Australia Photography Award category.
City of Mandurah for their project "Equi-Evac Network Centre" in the Resilient Australia Government Award category.
The City of Mandurah was selected as a national finalist to the 2017 National Resilient Awards. Today, in a ceremony in Sydney, they were successful in winning the National Award. A tremendous achievement for the Western Australian Local Government.
Read the media release from the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP.
Read the media release from the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.
First of their kind reports on how emergencies could possibly affect communities.The culmination of extensive work involving 119 agencies and 406 participants.Each report outlines the credible worst case risks posed to each district around Western Australia.The reports can be used to inform mitigation options and expenditure priorities to build a more resilient state.
State Risk Project - $3.1 millionState Capability Project - $700,000Response and Capability Subcommittee - $100,000Community Engagement Subcommittee - $100,000Recovery Subcommittee - $100,000
Public submissions open on 12 June 2017 and are due by 9 July 2017. Details regarding the
submission process and terms of reference are available on the OEM's Bushfire Mitigation webpage.
Click here to read full media statement.