Bush fire mitigation works made possible by State Government grant

Published: Wednesday, 12 February 2020 at 2:54:25 PM

Fire mitigation works to improve the Shire’s preparedness for bush fires will be carried out after the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Council awarded three tenders at a Special Council Meeting last week.

The works have been made possible after the Shire successfully secured $418,990 in grant funding from the State Government’s Mitigation Activity Fund.

Fire mitigation works to be carried out under the grant include:

Location

Works

Baskerville Reserve, Mundijong

Limestone firebreak, prescribed burn and spraying

Brickwood Reserve, Byford

Limestone firebreak, prescribed burn and spraying

Bella Cummings Reserve, Mundijong

Limestone firebreak, prescribed burn and spraying

Craghill Way, Oakford

Limestone firebreak, gates, prescribed burn and spraying

Pound Reserve, Mundijong

Fencing, under pruning, spraying and grazing

Bournbrook Avenue, Cardup

Limestone firebreak, prescribed burn and spraying

Prescribed Burns on Craddon, Foxton, Wolfe and King Roads, Oakford

Five prescribed burns

It brings the Shire’s total amount for fire mitigation funding to nearly $1 million for the past two years, after it secured $521,700 in the 2018/19 grant round.

Shire President Michelle Rich said bush fire mitigation was an important part of the Shire’s commitment to protecting the community.

Cr Rich said the grant enabled the Shire to carry out priority works to help prevent bush fires, as well as ensuring that the Shire’s local bush fire volunteers and emergency services had appropriate access to locations in the event of an emergency response.

“The adoption of the Shire’s Bushfire Risk Management Plan in December 2018 has enhanced the Shire’s ability to secure grant funding to implement strategies and actions identified in the plan,” Cr Rich said.

“It is pleasing that our Shire continues to secure funding for our bushfire mitigation initiatives. This funding initiative directly assists local governments like ours in the proactive management of bush fire risk, aligned to our endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plan” Cr Rich said.

The tenders for the firebreaks works were awarded to Oldbury-based business Jandakot Earthmoving and Rural Contractors, as well as Dowsing Group Pty Ltd and Aussie Earthworks Pty Ltd.

Cr Rich said it was pleasing that Jandakot Earthmoving and Rural Contractors, a Shire-based business, was successful in securing a tender through the Shire’s competitive procurement process.

“Over the past six months the Shire has been delivering Procurement Information Sessions to support local businesses learn about our procurement process and how they can apply for tenders,” Cr Rich said.

“It is great that that a local business has been successful in securing a tender to deliver these important works.”

The remaining fire mitigation works of prescribed burning, spraying, fencing, gates, under pruning and grazing works will be undertaken at a later date in accordance with the Shire’s Procurement Process.

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