Many Members of Parliament have recognised the good work of our amazing members and their communities in their speeches over the past two weeks, with particular mentions of the Forestdale and Donnybrook/Balingup incidents. This short statement is one that was made by the Hon Diane Evers in the Upper House today.
We also acknowledge the following MP’s for choosing to put their appreciation on the record over the past two weeks as well:
- Premier Mark McGowan
- Opposition Leader Mike Nahan
- Member for Southern River, Terry Healy MLA
- Member for Wanneroo, Sabine Winton MLA
- Member for Moore, Shane Love MLA
- Member for Warren–Blackwood, Terry Redman MLA
HON DIANE EVERS:
I rise briefly to acknowledge the fire that is burning in the south west between Balingup and Nannup and to draw members’ attention to how much effort people are putting in to try to contain that fire. I understand that because of the favourable weather conditions today, the fire is contained at the moment. We are hoping the weather stays good so that the fire does not get worse. I want to thank the volunteer firefighters, the paid staff, the support crews, the water-bomber pilots and all the other people who are working to fight that fire. It is very important that we get fires out quickly before they cause damage. I also want to show my support and encouragement to this government to continue to work on what we do about fire— how we manage our forests, how we manage the oncoming onslaught of climate change, how we can best avoid bushfires in the future, and how we can put fires out as quickly as possible to avoid continual damage.
I support any activities that work to manage those forests so they not as flammable and that work to make them safe as possible for those communities around them. Focusing on asset protection, as other states have done, we need to work out a plan, because these fires will become more and more frequent, and more and more devastating, and I would hate to see that happen. Here is to those people in the south west, who have gone without much sleep for the last couple of days, fighting so hard to contain that fire. We all hope that the weather conditions stay favourable.
Members: Hear, hear!