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participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted A major review of Western Australia’s outdated Local Government Act is under way, with community participation in elections, online reporting and gift…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…

Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to have donated significant time to assist Western Power develop and deliver another year of deeply appreciated grants for Brigades. Below is the original media statement published by Western Power announcing the outcome of our combined work. Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades…

Firefighters return from tough US deployment

Below is a media statement published by the Emergency Services Minister, Hon Joe Francis and Environment Minister, Hon Albert Jacob this week. ​Contingent included experts in forest fire management, fire behaviour and aerial firefighting Nine Western Australian firefighters returned home today after five weeks helping crews battle bushfires burning across the north-west of the United…

Fuel card rollout for regional volunteers

The State Government announced its Fuel Card for ES Volunteers scheme today. Below is the unedited media statement from Ministers Francis and Redman ​New State Government initiative to support volunteers $7.6 million for Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme Made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program Emergency services volunteers will be…

Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessors’ accrediting body and training courses

A further information session on accreditation and training for Level 1 Bushfire Attack Level Assessors is scheduled to take place in Geraldton. The Geraldton information session will include details about the accreditation and training courses being offered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) [the first accrediting body in Western Australia] for Level 1…