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Successful natural disaster resilience funding projects

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced $2.8 million in funding to support WA communities to develop their resilience to natural disasters.

The funding is being provided as part of the joint Commonwealth-State $52 million national partnership agreement (NPA) on natural disaster resilience.

Although many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared. It is only by working together that we can reduce the potentially destructive impacts of future disasters such as bushfires and floods.

The announcement is part of the $12.5 million NPA funding announced for WA in 2016 to implement a competitive grant process for projects that address at least one of the priorities outlined in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

This will provide funding for 12 projects in priority areas of risk, capability, impact or engagement, and brings the Australian Government’s total WA funding under the NPA to $6.2 million.

Congratulations to all successful applicants, which range across State Government agencies, local government authorities, as well as not-for-profit organisations

These projects will provide important benefits for local communities, making us all safer when natural disasters inevitably occur.

The approved projects include:

  • WA Police ($56,751) – Recovery Communications
  • WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services ($126,000) – Severe Wind Hazard Assessment Project
  • WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services ($203,000) – Taking Care of Country: Taking Care of People
  • Office of Bushfire Risk Management ($151,000) – Developing a Decision Support System for Western Australia
  • City of Cockburn ($95,000) – Bushfire Risk Identification Tool (BRIT)
  • Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council ($70,000) – Understanding and Managing Flood Risk in Perth: Stage 4
  • The Bethanie Group ($34,370) – Disaster Preparedness Planning Pilot – Building Resilience among one of society’s most vulnerable groups
  • WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry ($86,420 ) – WA Research report and recommendations: business community disaster recovery readiness and financial security
  • Australian Red Cross ($124,779) – Emergency Preparedness – A Whole of Community Approach
  • WA Council of Social Service ($124,982) – Building Resilient Community Organisations in WA: Bringing the ACOSS Resilient Community Organisations (RCO) Toolkit to the WA Community
  • WA Local Government Association ($35,000) – Local Waste Management arrangements for Emergency events
  • Shire of Harvey ($21,960) – Importance of Preparedness: Lessons Learnt DVD 2016 January Bushfires

Source: Australian Government

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