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Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt.

New minister talks emergency management in Mundaring

THE new Federal Emergency Management Minister made a visit to Mundaring during his first official trip to the State since being sworn in last month.

Hasluck MP Tania Lawrence invited Minister Murray Watt to a round-table with the Cities of Swan and Kalamunda and Shire of Mundaring to discuss the recovery efforts from the Wooroloo Bushfire and readiness for the upcoming fire season.

Representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Wooroloo Bushfire Inquiry community representative Susan Davies and Pearce MP Tracey Roberts also attended.

“It was a pleasure to join new MPs Tania Lawrence and Tracey Roberts in Mundaring to hear directly from locals about recovery from the devastating Wooroloo bushfire, over 12 months ago,” Mr Watt said.

“I could hear first-hand the impact the fire has had on locals, from the council, fire service and community representatives who attended our forum.”

The Albanese Government has committed to a new Disaster Ready Fund, which will provide up to $200 million per year to fund disaster preparedness projects and to make sure communities have the support they need to recover from future disasters.

Ms Lawrence thanked the minister for prioritising a visit to Hasluck.

“As a Mundaring local and someone who has lost a house to bushfires in Toodyay, I’ve seen first-hand the impact of bushfires on our community,” she said.

“It is very encouraging to hear from the Minister that bushfire risk mitigation will be a key focus of investment.

“We have commenced the work required to deliver my election commitment of $1.25 million towards an Incident Control Centre and Communications Failover Capability Centre in the Shire of Mundaring and the $1.75 million to improve mobile coverage in Herne Hill, Brigadoon and Stoneville.”

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