Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced more than $3 million of projects to assist communities across Western Australia build resilience to natural disasters.
Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments would strengthen disaster resilience across WA through state-wide and community level projects.
“While the nature and size of the country’s landscape meant that natural hazards are a fact of life in Australia, communities are stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks,” Mr Keenan said.
“Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities,” Mr Keenan said.
The funding is part of more than $6 million the Commonwealth is providing to Western Australia through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.
Mr Barnett said that local communities will be in a better position to respond to emergencies and disasters meaning lives and properties will be saved.
“These projects, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations, and researchers, are all designed to help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters.
“This multi-sector commitment aims to lessen the impact of natural disasters,” Mr Barnett said.
“I congratulate the successful recipients and look forward to the work they will do to make Western Australia safer.”