The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Dr Steve Thomas and answered by Environment Minister Hon Stephen Dawson on behalf of the Hon Fran Logan earlier today.
Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services:
My question without notice —
I refer to the minister’s announcement on 13 April about the development of a Bushfire Centre of Excellence and the so-called tender document released online in September 2018 effectively calling for expressions of interest from local governments in having the Bushfire Centre of Excellence in their jurisdiction, which closed on 24 October 2018.
(1) Is the government seeking concurrent federal government funding for the Bushfire Centre of Excellence?
(2) Have any of the local governments that have lodged an expression of interest in hosting the Bushfire Centre of Excellence sought or suggested seeking concurrent federal funding as a part of their submission?
(3) If yes to (2), which ones?
(4) If yes to (2), given the state government could seek federal co-funding in any location in WA, will those local governments that have sought or suggested co-funding be advantaged in the selection process?
(5) Did the minister or the Department of Fire and Emergency Services suggest a federal co-funding model to any local government; and, if so, which ones?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) The government has committed to consult with a wide range of stakeholders, and will continue to do so, to ensure the best possible outcome for the first-of-its-kind Bushfire Centre of Excellence.
(2) Please refer to the answer to question without notice 1097, which was provided on 6 November 2018.
(3)–(4) Not applicable.