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WA Government strengthens bushfire risk identification

Vital work to protect communities from catastrophic bushfires has been boosted by the State Government.

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

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

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

The program began in the 2014-15 financial year and included 16 local governments identified at high-risk of bushfire.

The new funding will enable another 11 local governments, Busselton; Coorow; Dandaragan; Denmark; Gingin; Harvey; Manjimup; Northam; Toodyay; Wagin; and York, to begin working on their management plans.

For more 2017-18 State Budget information, visit http://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

Source: Government of Western Australia.