Question without Notice- Council resourcing for bush fire prevention and management

My question is to the Minister for Local Government, Mr Somyurek. It is about the status of the ‘Councils and emergencies project’ overseen by Local Government Victoria, especially as it relates to bushfire management and prevention activity in regional areas of the State. I believe work on that project started back in 2016 with a view to enhancing the capability and capacity of local councils in emergency management.  However, I understand there may recently have been slippage in the scheduled timelines for the project. Given this apparent delay to its completion date, can the Minister indicate that new date – and whether (in the interim) the Government will be increasing resourcing specifically to improve councils’ preparedness for emergency situations?  I ask this especially in relation to the current bushfire season.