Funding to improve natural disaster resilience

20/3/2015

The Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP and Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP today announced $12,500 in funding from the Natural Disaster Resilience Program to help build the resilience of Pemberton to natural disasters.

Funding will be provided to the Department of Parks and Wildlife to reconstruct a water point at the Pemberton Arboretum adjacent to Pemberton town site.

The project will involve deepening and cleaning out of the water point, forming up of banks, installation of culvert pipes, delivery of basic raw material to build up the road and parking bays and erection of security fence. This area will have shared access to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the local bushfire brigade.

Mr Wilson said this funding is part of more than $6 million the Commonwealth is providing to Western Australia through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

“It encourages a partnership approach with the funding recipients, helping to build a culture of shared responsibility in the face of natural disasters,” Mr Wilson said.

“Natural disasters can have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities, the Pemberton project will assist the community to be more resilient and better prepared for the risk of bushfires.”

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said while the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, more needed to be done to manage natural disaster risks.

“The Australian Government is supporting the states and territories as they assist those recovering from natural disasters, and we are focused on boosting the resilience of communities to future events,” Mr Keenan said.

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