Hon Mick Murray, Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation 2017-

WA Gov’t: Thank a Volunteer Day grants to honour community heroes

State Government’s Thank a Volunteer Day grants program open Local governments and community organisations encouraged to apply by June 21 Applications are now open for the McGowan Government’s Thank a Volunteer Day Celebration Grants program, which supports communities to celebrate volunteers in their local area. Up to $1,000 is available for organisations to deliver a…

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…

WA Gov’t: Remembering Western Australia’s fallen firefighters

International Firefighters’ Day recognised the sacrifice of firefighters who lost their lives protecting the community Memorial service was at the Firefighters’ Grove in Kings Park Service also acknowledged the invaluable service of currently serving firefighters Western Australia’s firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty were honoured on Sunday (May 6) at…

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…

Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members at the 2018 International Firefighters Day memorial service in Kings Park Perth 06-05-2018

A rainy memorial service for fallen firefighters at Kings Park

Rain didn’t deter the families of fallen firefighters, volunteers and dignitaries attending the 2018 International Fire Fighters Day memorial service at the beautiful Forest Grove in Kings Park this morning. Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm, Rural Fire Division Executive Director Murray Carter, SEMC Chair Dr Ron Edwards, Member for Burns Beach Mark Folkard…

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…

It’s ON: Western Power increases the voltage on volunteer support!

We posted this article last week explaining that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received powerful applications from 141 Brigades for up to $5,000 as part of our annual Western Power small grants scheme. The program always generates a lot of buzz among our members, but the huge response this year came as…

WA Gov’t: Record funding for WA’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Service

More than $19 million over four years for local sea rescue groups First time long-term funding secured Funding for much-needed fleet and safety upgrades The McGowan Labor Government has addressed another shameful Liberal National Government legacy by investing a record additional $19.5 million over four years in the State’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS). This…