Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

The West: Academics call for burn rethink

The following article appeared in The West Australian Newspaper today. For the record, the AVBFB supports the need for carefully planned, strategic mitigation works – including prescribed burning – to minimise the risk of dangerous and costly (both financially and environmentally) wildfires. As such, we welcome evidence-based discussion about how mitigation practises can be improved…

ABC: Albany burn-off program defended in wake of devastating bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) needs to make it very clear that comments attributed to the Association in this article are very specifically about some private land owners. The AVBFB believes the fire department of the Parks and Wildlife Service is an excellent resource for rural Western Australia. Also, we welcome evidence-based…

Volunteers such as King River firefighter Simon Whitfort are on their last legs. Photo: ABC

ABC: Exhausted volunteer firefighters stretched thin in WA as (private) hazard reduction burns get out of control

Volunteer firefighters across southern Western Australia say they are being stretched too thin, battling an unprecedented number of private burns gone awry while trying to chase prescribed burn targets. “For the last week I’ve spent almost every day doing something to do with fire,” Great Southern volunteer firefighter Dave Wettenhall said. The veteran firefighter said…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

AVBFB comments on GWN TV News: Not Rural?

To ensure the facts are clear regarding the GWN News story below (published last night), the outlet contacted the Association yesterday seeking comment on this question asked in Parliament on Thursday. For the record: The AVBFB has verifiable records of many telephone conversations, emails and meetings with Minister Logan’s Office, the Premier’s Office, the Commissioner for Fire…

Aveley fire aftermath, as seen from a drone. This indicates how close it got to houses. Photo: David Baylis

The Advocate: Fire commissioner admits warning about Aveley blaze ‘not good enough’

AVBFB note: It’s wonderfully refreshing to see Government officials admit that something went wrong and take responsibility for making it better in future. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) therefore congratulates FES Commissioner Darren Klemm for his commendable response to this issue and we look forward to seeing the reports of this and…

Esperance Express: Mitigation Activity Fund round of funding open for 17 regional local governments

The Shires of Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup are eligible to apply for the second round of the Mitigation Activity Fund as the Esperance Shire continues to finalise an updated Bushfire Risk Management Plan. The state government announced 17 regional local governments with endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans could apply to share in $2 million from the Fund. Esperance Shire manager…

Busselton-Dunsborough Times: Funds windfall for sea rescue group

Busselton Volunteer Marine Rescue has been identified as a priority in the allocation of record funding from the State Government after years of relying heavily on independent fundraising and securing limited government grants. Announced by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan in Busselton this month, the service’s “blatant underfunding” — as lamented by volunteers — will…

Mandurah Mail David Templman stock photo red truck

Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…