Shire to build fire resilience with funds

THE Shire of Denmark has received $320,000 for two projects that will strengthen Denmark’s bushfire resilience.

The funding comes under the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Resilience Program which helps local communities and agencies better prepare and plan for natural disasters.

The first project “Holistic community resilience building for bushfire” received $178,000. It focuses on increasing awareness of bushfire risks and the measures residents and communities can take to mitigate them.

The second project ‘’Bushfire resilience in the Great Southern” received $137,000. The combined project with the
City of Albany and the Shire of Plantagenet will equip the three local governments with a clear strategic direction for bushfire mitigation and evacuation planning. The project will focus on evacuation planning for communities with an elevated risk of bushfire, and education on improving community response and recovery.

“The projects will allow residents to better understand bushfire risk and to share tactics everyone can use to make themselves, their families and their communities more resilient in the event of a bushfire,” Denmark shire Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator Melanie Haymont said.

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