$12.5 million to enhance disaster resilience in Western Australia

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter welcomed $12.5 million in funding for communities in Western Australia to enhance their resilience to natural disasters.

 Funding is being provided as part of the $52 million National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience, with the Commonwealth and WA each contributing $6.26 million.

Mr Porter said the Australian Government is focused on boosting the resilience of communities so that they are better prepared for future disaster events.

“Grants will be available to support local projects that help to prevent the occurrence of natural disasters and I encourage eligible organisations to apply,” Mr Porter said.

“By working together to improve disaster resilience we will contribute to safer and more sustainable communities in Western Australia.”

Of the $6.26 million in federal funding, $2 million is assigned to applicants involved in emergency management.

Projects must meet one of the categories in the priority areas of risk, capability, impact or engagement to be eligible, and must address at least one hazard identified in West Australia’s state level risk assessments.

Applications for the grants program opened on 9 December 2016 and will close on 22 February 2017. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 are available to successful applicants.

Further information in relation to eligibility and applications is available at ndrp@oem.wa.gov.au