Merivale fire aid to be provided

Land owners in the Merivale area will receive assistance recovering their properties as the one year anniversary of the devastating fires approach.

Shire of Esperance shire president, Victoria Brown, said community based organisations had been working with affected communities to assist with the immediate recovery effort.

“During this time, the fire recovery team has been discussing with land holders their needs and issues with a view to establish longer term fire recovery requirements,” Cr Brown said.

“Land owners in the Merivale area have identified that they are experiencing difficulty finding the time and resources to carry out post fire rehabilitation work needed on their property.

“They have also indicated a desire to fire proof their properties for the future and would welcome support to undertake this.”

Cr Brown said the shire had invited South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) to provide property planning assistance.

 “South Coast NRM is a non-profit organisation with years of experience working with small landholders to plan and manage their property, undertake fencing and rehabilitation work and soil and water management,” she said.

“The shire is keen to ensure that landholders in the Merivale area receive assistance and support with their recovery efforts and consider a community based organisation such as South Coast NRM to be best placed to deliver this support.”

South Coast NRM regional capacity program leader, Kylie Fletcher, said they were in the initial stages of the plan and were in the process of sending letters to land owners.

“There’s about 19 different properties all up,” Mrs Fletcher said.

“They range in size from small land holders to a couple of hundred hectares.

“We’ll help with fire proofing their farms for the future and dealing with weed threats, often weeds are the first species that come back after a fire.”

CR Brown said Robyn Cail from South Coast NRM would be in touch with affected landowners in the coming weeks to discuss how they can assist in creating a one-on-one to plan, revegetate and protect their property for the future.

Land owners can contact Robyn Cail on 08 9076 2209.