The following question without notice was asked by the Hon Martin Aldridge and answered today by the Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson on behalf of Hon Fran Logan.
Hon MARTIN ALDRIDGE to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services:
I refer to findings contained in the fourth report of the Auditor General of Western Australia tabled in the Legislative Council on 30 August 2018—tabled paper 1694—which found that the minister’s decision to withhold information from Parliament with respect to future planning of volunteer and career fire stations “not reasonable and therefore not appropriate”, and I ask again —
(1) What planning and criteria does the state government reply upon to determine future need of volunteer and career fire services?
(2) Please table the strategic asset plan of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
(3) Which locations have been identified as the next priority locations for volunteer and career fire and rescue service stations?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Emergency Services.
(1) When planning for career and volunteer fire stations, DFES examines a number of factors, including population changes, industry and urban development, infrastructure growth, bushfire risk and any other associated risks.
(2) The information contained in the strategic asset management plan informs the budget deliberations of cabinet and may be released through the normal budgetary process. DFES followed the advice provided by the Department of Treasury that the SAMP developed as part of the annual budget process is to be marked as cabinet-in-confidence and as such it was not appropriate to release the information requested.
(3) The next priority location for a career fire station replacement is Kensington career fire and rescue station. For volunteer stations, they are Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Halls Creek Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, Northampton VFRS and Margaret River VFRS.