Local Governments invited to tender for Bushfire Centre of Excellence

The government has sought to mitigate tensions around where its promised Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) will be built by calling for tenders from Local Governments. Regular readers will know that Shadow Emergency Services Minister Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC asked this Question Without Notice in Parliament on 17 May regarding how United Firefighters Union State…

Busselton-Dunsborough Mail: Rural Fire Division has raised concerns

Although the article below includes a couple of obvious errors (such as the name of our Association), we have shared it because it provides some interesting perspectives from the major political parties. Importantly, in response to the quotes attributed to Minister Francis Logan, we say: The AVBFB supports some parts of the government announcements, but has…

Cyclone Alby: 40-years on

The article below was submitted by Roger Underwood, Chairman of The Bushfire Front, and author of Cyclone Alby – memories of the 1978 Western Australian storm and bushfire crisis. Today is the 40th anniversary of the storm and bushfire crisis that hammered southern Western Australia on April 4th, 1978. To many Western Australians it was a…

Fire experts can improve safety

  Fire and emergency services are joining forces to teach the community about bushfire preparedness. On Saturday, representatives from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, bushfire brigades and the Manjimup Shire Council will be in Manjimup’s Coronation Park to speak with people about their property’s safety. People are…

McGowan Labor Government strengthens bushfire risk identification

The following media statement was released by the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Fran Logan overnight $3.7 million funding towards Bushfire Risk Management Plans Important planning tool for local shires and councils to address bushfire risk Bushfire treatment/mitigation strategies next step for high-risk shires Vital work to protect communities from catastrophic bushfires has been boosted…