Schools in Greater Shepparton set to be fire ready

WITH the fire season soon to be upon us, enabling schools to be prepared to fend off bushfires is an imperative of the State Government following last year’s devastating bushfires. 

The following local schools were among 333 across the state to share in funding from the $9.15 million Bushfire Preparedness (Vegetation) Program for 2021-22: 

  • $16,149.41 – Currawa Primary School 
  • $30,081.44 – Guthrie Street Primary School 
  • $16,119.80 – Guthrie Street Primary School (Shepparton Deaf Facility) 
  • $18,438.19 – Mooroopna North Primary School 
  • $23,716.99 – Toolamba Primary School 

The program was introduced in 2018 to assist schools in carrying out essential vegetation clearance works around the perimeter of school buildings prior to the bushfire season and in line with municipal fire danger periods. 

In announcing the funding, Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp, said, “This investment will go a long way in helping schools across Greater Shepparton be as prepared as they can be this bushfire season by getting on to those works that will help mitigate the risk of fire.” 

Schools to receive funds are among those identified as being at risk and listed on the Bushfire at Risk Register (BARR). 

These schools are required to undertake vegetation works on a regular basis to mitigate the risk of harm to the school’s community and buildings in the event of a bushfire.