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…

QwN: Bushfire Mitigation Summit

The following Question Without Notice was asked yesterday by the Hon Colin De Grussa in the Legislative Council and answered by the Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Minister for Emergency Services Hon COLIN DE GRUSSA to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s bushfire mitigation summit this Friday. (1)…

QwN: Peel Mobile Health Service

The following Question Without Notice was asked by the new Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke to the Hon Roger Cook, Minister for Health, in Parliament yesterday: Mrs R.M.J. CLARKE to the Minister for Health: I refer to the Peel Mobile Health Service, which the previous Liberal–National government and the member for Dawesville provided no funding for,…

Housing – Fire safety assessment

The following Brief Ministerial Statement was read into Parliament yesterday by the Hon Bill Johnston, Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations MR W.J. JOHNSTON Yesterday the Minister for Housing spoke in this house about the horrific fire at the Grenfell Tower in London and the actions taken to ensure that social housing tenants in Western Australia are kept…

QoN: Portfolio expenses

The following Question on Notice was asked in Parliament by the Member for Dawesville, Zac Kirkup and answered by the Hon Fran Logan, Minster for Emergency Services on 20 June, 2017 Mr Z.R.F. Kirkup to the Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services: In respect of the Minister’s portfolio responsibilities since 17 March 2017 for departments,…

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…

Submissions urgently requested for Bushfire Mitigation Summit

Submissions urgently requested for Bushfire Mitigation Summit From the OEM website: The State Government is committed to hearing stakeholders’ views on a range of bushfire management issues to guide future strategies to mitigate bushfires in Western Australia. With three special inquiries and numerous events impacting on the people, property and environment in Western Australia we…

Volunteer bush fire brigade boss Dave Gossage says something has to change to firefighting arrangements. Photo: ABC News: Andrew O'Connor

Volunteer firefighter boss sceptical of summit, saying they are ‘flying blind’ with no agenda

The head of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades says he is sceptical a bushfire mitigation forum being held in Mandurah next week will achieve anything significant. The Labor Government had committed to holding the summit to determine the best way to fight catastrophic bushfires. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the summit was…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…