Mitigation, including prescribed burning – cheaper, safer and expertly managed

Many have already seen this video shared by Parks and Wildlife earlier this week from the Mundaring fires. It’s a bit of a mix of messages but the first and arguably the most important from our perspective was the acknowledgement of the volunteer effort involved in managing it so successfully. But there’s another very important…

QwN: Bushfire mitigation

The following Question without Notice was asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered in Parliament yesterday by the Hon Stephen Dawson as Minister for Environment BUSHFIRE MITIGATION Hon COLIN de GRUSSA to the Minister for Environment: I refer to feedback that regional offices within the minister’s portfolio that have firefighting capacity have been…

Volunteers congratulate Government for mitigation funding with a gentle reminder of the value of being consultative and inclusive

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has again congratulated the WA State Government for recognising the value of bushfire mitigation with its $15m commitment to a ‘Mitigation Activity Fund’ detailed in a Ministerial press release today. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said one of the most positive differences between this government and its predecessor…

Bushfire mitigation funding available for high-risk priority local governments

$15 million Mitigation Activity Fund to operate over four years $3 million available in first year (2017-18) for on-ground mitigation works 15 identified local governments eligible Applications now open A total of 15 local governments in high-risk priority areas are now eligible to apply for bushfire mitigation funding from the inaugural four-year $15 million Mitigation…

Members of CAVFA meeting in Sydney this week

AVBFB at Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations meeting

Representatives of the AVBFB were in Sydney over the weekend for a meeting of the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations (CAVFA). CAVFA is a collaboration of eleven volunteer fire brigade associations representing almost every volunteer fire brigade member in Australia. The Council was established to give volunteer fire-fighters a united voice in discussions and negotiations…

The Burning Question confirms value of many local VBFB’s

As mentioned in this post, the AVBFB attended the State Government’s innovative and informative first ever prescribed burning forum called “The Burning Question: Now & Beyond” in Busselton last week. The three day event was very valuable and we thank Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan and OBRM/OEM for the invitation to participate. Among the…

Quick Quiz: ESL and Mitigation

Did you know that under the current rules that dictate what can be funded from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), mitigation is specifically not allowed? There’s been a fair bit of discussion about mitigation and its importance since WA’s recent run of catastrophic bush fires so we thought we would run a quick quiz to…

QwN: Bushfire Mitigation Summit

The following Question Without Notice was asked yesterday by the Hon Colin De Grussa in the Legislative Council and answered by the Hon Stephen Dawson representing the Minister for Emergency Services Hon COLIN DE GRUSSA to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the minister’s bushfire mitigation summit this Friday. (1)…

Agenda released ahead of Friday’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit

Prescribed burning, bushfire management, and updates on the Ferguson report will be some of the subjects covered Participant-led conversation across full day to guide future strategies Summit honours Labor commitment to bring key stakeholders together The agenda for this Friday’s Bushfire Mitigation Summit has been sent to all attendees. The summit will include representatives from…

Bushfire summit marginalises volunteers

VOLUNTEER bushfire fighters who hope to have their say at a Bushfire Mitigation Summit are going to be disappointed. The volunteer bush fire brigades in the Shire of Gingin include Gingin West, Gingin South, Ledge Point, Beermullah, Red Gully, Ocean Farm, Seabird, Nilgen and Guilderton. Yanchep News Online understands a poll conducted by the shire earlier…

Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be held June 23

Labor election commitment to hold Bushfire Mitigation Summit to be delivered Opportunity for public submissions Summit will examine various aspects of bushfire management, including prescribed burns and staffing levels The McGowan Labor Government will deliver on its election commitment to hold a Bushfire Mitigation Summit to guide future strategies for bushfire mitigation. The summit will…

Article: Living with Bushfires

Here’s an interesting article we found recently published by one of Australia’s leading Science Journalists, Dr Paul Willis   I choose to live in an area of high bushfire risk. I’m not alone, many of my fellow Australians live in similar areas on the margins of our cities or in country and rural areas. As the…

Bushfire funding to evaluate effectiveness of Northern Territory prescription burns

Research will be conducted into the effectiveness of fire management practices in the Northern Territory. Speaking at the announcement of the funding, $2 million in Commonwealth and Territory Government funding for bushfire mitigation, Bushfires NT director Mark Ashley, said a more strategic approach to fire prevention and management, would have wider benefits for the community.…