WA Govt: Rebuild of Yarloop Community Centre restores community spirit

The following media statement was published by the WA State Government today: McGowan Government grants $1 million to the Shire of Harvey for Yarloop Community Centre Shire secures $750,000 through Lotterywest, taking State’s contribution to $1.75 million Yarloop Community Centre to provide a multipurpose central hub for locals Premier Mark McGowan and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn…

Sunday Times: Burn-off fallout

ALBANY FIRESTORM REVIEW PREMIER Mark McGowan has announced a full review into two prescribed burns near Albany after the blazes tore through private property. Residents in Napier, Peaceful Bay, Redmond, Stirling Range and Elleker abandoned their properties during Thursday night’s firestorm. At least one home was destroyed, while outbuildings at a resort in Peaceful Bay…

Mandurah Mail David Templman stock photo red truck

Mandurah Mail: New DFES Rural Fire Division to strengthen safety: Mandurah MP DavidTempleman

Mandurah MP David Templeman has welcomed the Department of Fire and Emergency’s new Rural Fire Division saying it will deliver an unprecedented level of mitigation investment and strengthen community safety. Mr Templeman said the new division, which addresses issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry, will bring the best in bushfire management together to…

Author of the Cascade Scaddan report Dan Sanderson pictured with his son John. Photo: Ken Wilson.

Esperance Express: Rural Fire Division, Cascade Scaddan report author expresses concern despite praise for increased mitigation funds

The state government have announced the establishment of a Rural Fire Division, aimed at boosting mitigation resources and giving local volunteer firefighters a greater say in their own response efforts. The initial announcement has gained support from the WA Nationals and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, but others have raised concerns the reforms will result in further…

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement

Volunteer Bush Fire Association welcomes Rural Fire Division announcement The Association representing WA’s largest emergency service – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service – has welcomed the State Government’s creation of a new Rural Fire Division. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said although there is still a lot of detail to be confirmed, his Association is very…

WA Govt: Rural Fire Division to drive new era of enhanced bushfire management

$80 million to enhance rural bushfire capacity through the new Rural Fire Division Major reforms address issues raised in the Waroona Bushfire Special Inquiry $18 million for the Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence Unprecedented $34.6 million increase in funding for bushfire mitigation $15 million extension to the Bushfire Risk Management Plans program Greater support for…

Partnership agreement to benefit local communities

​State and local government agreement to promote collaboration between sectors A new era in collaboration between State and local governments has been marked with a partnership agreement which was signed at Western Australia’s biggest event for local government professionals. The State Local Government Partnership Agreement recognises the importance of the State and local government sectors…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit summary now available

Summary of the summit is now available at https://oem.wa.gov.au Topics discussed included effective use of human resources, funding, improving knowledge, local experience and prescribed burning targets The summary of the McGowan Labor Government’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit is now available on the Office of Emergency Management’s website. The summary covers the major points that were discussed…

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair (ESL up 3.35%)

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair ​McGowan Government announces changes to household fees and charges Concession programs improved to minimise the impact on those in most need Annual Energy Assistance Payment increased to $300, a $66 increase from 2016-17 Increased funding for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme and financial counselling No new…