Letters to the Editor: No evidence of extinction by fire; Fire research ignored; Aboriginal fire methods

No evidence of extinction by fire Several recent correspondents have expressed concern that the Government’s bushfire protection program, including fuel reduction burning, is causing extinctions of wildlife. The science shows otherwise. There has been not one recorded instance of a species of native plant or animal that has become extinct in south-west forests due to…

WA Gov’t: Bushfire Mitigation Forum to be held in early October

McGowan Labor Government continuing open dialogue on bushfire mitigation Forum will expand on inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held in June 2017 Greater representation of attendees including volunteer groups Following the success of last year’s inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit, the McGowan Labor Government will hold an expanded Bushfire Mitigation Forum in early October. The forum will…

QON: Zak Kirkup to Hon Fran Logan re Joint Cyber Security Centre

The following Question on Notice was asked by the Member for Dawesville and answered today by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan: Mr Zak Kirkup to the Minister for Emergency Services: Have any departments, agencies, government trading enterprises or boards within the Minister’s portfolio responsibilities made any attempt to become a partner of the Australian Government’s…

Esperance Express: Ravensthorpe receives $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations

The Ravensthorpe Shire is among 17 regional local governments that will share in $5 million to physically address bushfire threats. Ravensthorpe has received $228,110 for 65 bushfire treatments operations. Treatments can include planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and creating access roads. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan said mitigation funding for regional local governments would…

AVBFB provides DRFD update in Bunbury (with a very special guest)

AVBFB President Dave Gossage and Bunbury VBFB Captain Terri Kowal (front) presenting the briefing on the DFES RFD and other news to around 50 south west volunteers including AVBFB Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster (in the Gold Bush Fire Service shirt at the back).Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage, Secretary/Treasurer Lorraine Webster and…

WA Gov’t: Record $7.3 million to combat the threat of catastrophic bushfires

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) shares the WA State Government media statement below with the following clarifications for those who may not read past the headline: $3.3 million will be allocated to regional local governments for planned burns, weed control, mechanical clearing, fire breaks and access roads. $1.2 million will be made…

ABC: Prescribed burning debate rages as Australia finds there’s no time to burn going into peak fire season

There is a lot more to prescribed burning, also known as controlled burning, than just lighting the match as a changing climate and environment poses new challenges for fire authorities. Deputy chief fire officer with Forest Fire Management (FFA) Victoria, Darrin McKenzie, said autumn burning this year was particularly challenging and the state only managed…

Esperance Express: Esperance region at ‘above average fire potential’

The Esperance region has been identified as an area with above average fire potential by the Southern Australia Bushfire Outlook report. The report was issued by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, which conducts research to help produce a ‘disaster-resilient’ Australia. The report found despite good winter rainfall, the underlying and persistent deep…

Thank you to all who attended and helped at AFAC – we punched above our weight again!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sincerely thanks the hundreds of volunteers who took time off work and away from their families to attend the 2018 AFAC Conference in Perth last week. The Committee of the AVBFB (and all other associations) worked very hard with DFES staff for months to ensure volunteers were…