WA Gov’t: Minister farewells retiring DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson

Commissioner Gregson farewelled at Transfer of Command ceremony Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan acknowledged the Commissioner’s role in establishing the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and numerous other achievements DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm will officially start as the new Commissioner on Monday, September 18 Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan today farewelled and thanked…

New Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner announced

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm to be new Commissioner Mr Klemm has spent 27 years in fire and emergency services Western Australian firefighting career started at Perth Fire Station Extensive operational experience across major fire and emergency service events The State Government has appointed DFES Assistant Commissioner Darren Klemm…

McGowan Labor Government strengthens bushfire risk identification

The following media statement was released by the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Fran Logan overnight $3.7 million funding towards Bushfire Risk Management Plans Important planning tool for local shires and councils to address bushfire risk Bushfire treatment/mitigation strategies next step for high-risk shires Vital work to protect communities from catastrophic bushfires has been boosted…

Partnership agreement to benefit local communities

​State and local government agreement to promote collaboration between sectors A new era in collaboration between State and local governments has been marked with a partnership agreement which was signed at Western Australia’s biggest event for local government professionals. The State Local Government Partnership Agreement recognises the importance of the State and local government sectors…

DFES: Enhancing communications during emergencies

A high tech communications vehicle that will give emergency responders valuable intelligence during bushfires and other major incidents is today being officially handed over to volunteer emergency services. The Communication Support Vehicle’s satellite equipment operates independently of established mobile network infrastructure, enabling communications in isolated areas or where networks are congested or not available. Department…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit summary now available

Summary of the summit is now available at https://oem.wa.gov.au Topics discussed included effective use of human resources, funding, improving knowledge, local experience and prescribed burning targets The summary of the McGowan Labor Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit is now available on the Office of Emergency Management’s website. The summary covers the major points that were discussed…

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair (ESL up 3.35%)

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair ​McGowan Government announces changes to household fees and charges Concession programs improved to minimise the impact on those in most need Annual Energy Assistance Payment increased to $300, a $66 increase from 2016-17 Increased funding for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme and financial counselling No new…

Agenda released ahead of Friday’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit

Prescribed burning, bushfire management, and updates on the Ferguson report will be some of the subjects covered Participant-led conversation across full day to guide future strategies Summit honours Labor commitment to bring key stakeholders together The agenda for this Friday’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit has been sent to all attendees. The summit will include representatives from…

Agile, smart, inclusive. Review to transform WA local government

Election commitment honoured with commencement of Local Government Act review Review to reduce red tape, modernise local governments and deliver for communities Election participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted A major review of Western Australia’s outdated Local Government Act is under way, with community participation in elections, online reporting and gift…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be held June 23

Labor election commitment to hold Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be delivered Opportunity for public submissions Summit will examine various aspects of bushfire management, including prescribed burns and staffing levels The McGowan Labor Government will deliver on its election commitment to hold a Bushfire Mitigation Summit to guide future strategies for bushfire mitigation. The summit will…

Joint media statement – Recovery grants for primary producers in Western Australia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan today announced that recovery grants are now available to help primary producers in Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan who were severely affected by flooding in January and February 2017. The assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief…