Wednesday, 07 November 2018
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Francis Logan MLA - $4 Million Disaster Resilience Funding Boost For Western Australia

​Projects that aim to boost Western Australia's resilience to natural disasters will be supported by $4 million in grant funding.

The funding is provided as part of the jointly funded 2015-18 Commonwealth-State National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth emergency management, said the funding will enhance capabilities and reduce or remove the impact of disasters.

"Mitigating against disasters is the key to breaking the cycle of continued response and recovery costs," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

"A community that is better prepared will be safer, more resilient and sustainable."

Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan said that disaster resilience was a shared community responsibility.

"This funding directly supports the communities' capacity to strengthen our preparedness and resilience and help keep us safe," Minister Logan said.

"It will support our communities to prepare in a way that is meaningful to them, through the delivery of projects that reduce risk and address capability gaps."

Projects must address at least one hazard identified in WA's state level risk assessments and be used to strengthen resilience and minimise the impacts of disasters.

At least one priority outcome in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience must also be addressed.

Applications for this program open on Wednesday 7 November 2018 and close at 4pm on Friday 8 February 2019. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 are available.

Further information, including the eligibility criteria, is available at www.semc.wa.gov.au/funding or call 9395 9756.