Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government

Please find below a media statement recently published by Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC. Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government The Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Dr Steve Thomas has called on the State Government to support bushfire management by local governments throughout the state…

WA Gov’t: $6.4 million mitigation support reduces nearly 940 bushfire risks

26 local governments have benefited from mitigation funding Nearly 940 mitigation activities have been undertaken or planned with $6.4 million of State Government funding assistance Further funding round opening in August Bushfire risks across 26 regional and metropolitan local government areas have been significantly reduced with nearly 940 mitigation activities thanks to State Government mitigation…

Joint media statement – $2.85 million to boost disaster resilience in Western Australia

​25 grants to help local communities and agencies better prepare and plan for natural disasters Part of joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Resilience Program Western Australia will be better prepared for disasters with more than $2.85 million in funding awarded to local disaster resilience projects. The Natural Disaster Resilience Program grants are being provided under the…

WA Gov’t: State’s high-fire-season fleet maintenance based in regional WA

High-fire-season firefighting fleet relocated to Collie Maintenance works allocated to a Collie-based company The servicing of a large part of the high-fire-season firefighting fleet has been relocated to Collie this week, marking the first step of the Government’s commitment to establishing a bushfire multipurpose facility in Collie. The fleet will be serviced by Collie-based company…

A day of reflection for Western Australia’s firefighters

International Firefighters’ Day recognises the sacrifice of firefighters who lost their lives protecting the community Memorial service to be held tomorrow at the Firefighters’ Memorial Grove in Kings Park As part of International Firefighters’ Day, Western Australia’s fallen firefighters will be honoured at a memorial service at Kings Park tomorrow (May 5). The service recognises…

DFES: Top emergency services personnel to be honoured

Community members are being called to nominate their personal emergency services hero as part of the annual Fire and Emergency Service Awards. The awards honour the outstanding achievements of volunteers and career firefighters who respond around the clock to fires, floods, cyclones, storms and land and sea search and rescue operations.  Fire and Emergency Services…

WA Gov’t: Collie to be home to multipurpose bushfire management facility

Below is a media statement published by the Premier Mark McGowan, Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Minister for Volunteering and Member for Collie-Preston, Mick Murray. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) understands the need for this government to invest in Collie and based on the limited information we currently have, provide in…

WA Nationals: Minister Logan Failing Volunteer Firefighters

For member’s information, please find below a media statement published by Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa. The Nationals WA Emergency Services Spokesperson Colin de Grussa says it is disappointing that the Minister for Emergency Services has again failed to consult and support  volunteer firefighters. The Minister has rejected an offer from WA’s…

Shadow Minister Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Government finally listens on Bushfire Centre of Excellence

Please find below a media statement from the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC regarding the government’s announcement the Bushfire Centre of Excellence will be built in the Shire of Murray. The State Government has succumbed to pressure from the State Opposition and South West communities and agreed to locate the…

WA Gov’t: Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be based in regional WA

Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be established in the Shire of Murray Key part of McGowan Government’s record $128.5 million investment in critical fire and emergency services Centre to focus on leadership, collaboration and innovation across the sector Design expected to be finalised in the coming months A first of its kind $18 million…

WA Govt: McGowan Government provides support to celebrate volunteers

Volunteer Centre of Western Australia receives $244,000 Lotterywest grant Volunteering Minister Mick Murray has congratulated the Volunteer Centre of Western Australia on securing a $244,000 Lotterywest grant. The grant will enable the Volunteer Centre of Western Australia to fund a range of Volunteer Community Grants, as well as the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards,…

WA & Fed Gov: WA jets into the future with new emergency mapping capability

New Learjet with Linescanner camera will map large-scale emergencies such as bushfires and floods Travels at 700kmh to reach the farthest regions of the State in just three hours Initial 90-day contract represents $750,000 investment in emergency mapping technology Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet now includes a Learjet, which can travel the length of the…

Reminder: Natural Disaster Resilience Program 2018-19 grant round

The Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) competitive grant round for projects that will implement sustained disaster resilience or disaster mitigation strategies that will directly benefit the WA community is open and closes 8 February 2019. Applications are being sought from eligible organisations with projects that will reduce identified risks and close capability gaps, in an…

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WA Gov’t: Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

New Dauphin helicopter to provide an almost year-round service State’s Special Operations Response capabilities continue to be improved New mapping technology expected to be online in the new year Western Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped…

WA Gov’t: Inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Forum outcomes now available

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan regarding the recently held Bushfire Mitigation Forums. The AVBFB was invited to, and attended one of these forums and will publish comment regarding the document referred to below in the coming weeks. Collective ideas and suggestions from volunteers, agencies and other…

Prime Minister, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs: Boosting Firefighting Capabilities and Community Preparedness

Media Statement The Liberal and Nationals Government will invest $26 million to boost aerial firefighting capabilities across Australia, support a new national fire rating program and extend funding for a community alert system. Our funding will help support Australians confronting the challenges of natural hazards and reduce the impact they have on our communities and…