Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan joined the Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis today to announce that over $2 million in Commonwealth funding is being made available to improve community preparedness for natural disasters.
This is part of more than $6 million the Commonwealth is providing to Western Australia through the current National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.
Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments would strengthen disaster resilience across Western Australia through
state-wide and community level projects.
“Although many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared. It is only by working together we can reduce the potentially destructive impacts of future disasters such as bushfires and cyclones,” Mr Keenan said.
Mr Francis said the funding was available to organisations across Western Australia to help attract, support and retain emergency management volunteers and to improve the ability of local communities to deal with disasters.
“These grants can be used for a wide range of projects such as upgrading firefighting facilities, building new emergency access roads and drainage works to cope with extreme flood events,” Mr Francis said.
Grants are available through the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC).
Grant applications for the 2014-15 Natural Disaster Resilience Program open on 1 August 2014 and close on 30 September, 2014
Applicants are required to match funding applied for through dollar and/or in-kind contributions
More information available at https://www.semc.wa.gov.au