WA Gov’t: Collie to be home to multipurpose bushfire management facility

Below is a media statement published by the Premier Mark McGowan, Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Minister for Volunteering and Member for Collie-Preston, Mick Murray. The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) understands the need for this government to invest in Collie and based on the limited information we currently have, provide in…

At the announcement of the decision to build the Western Australian Bushfire Centre of Excellence in the Shire of Murray. Photos: Gareth McKnight/Mandurah Mail

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: Side-step on new bushfire centre collaboration

State Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan has sidestepped an offer from WA’s peak body for volunteer firefighters to set up shop in the recently-announced Bushfire Centre of Excellence. Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades State president Dave Gossage originally welcomed Premier Mark McGowan’s announcement for the $18 million centre in Nambeelup with the hope it…

WA Gov’t: Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be based in regional WA

Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence to be established in the Shire of Murray Key part of McGowan Government’s record $128.5 million investment in critical fire and emergency services Centre to focus on leadership, collaboration and innovation across the sector Design expected to be finalised in the coming months A first of its kind $18 million…

ECHO News: Cuppa in thanks

PERTH Hills volunteer firefighters enjoyed tea and cake with Premier Mark McGowan as a thank you for their efforts in fighting the New Year’s Day Darlington fire. As reported in Fire hits close to home for Darlington volunteers (Echo News, January 12) the blaze began in the Hudman Road Amphitheatre near Boya Quarry and quickly became out-of-control…

Premier Mark McGowan drops in on Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) sometimes cops it in the neck from keyboard warriors who shout about the need for us to “not be political”. As bush fire volunteers themselves, the unpaid committee that is elected to manage the Association completely understand the sentiment. Most members have no interest in politics or…

Hundreds of firefighters, 150+ appliances – and Perth didn’t even hear about it

The video below features an informal chat between Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) President Dave Gossage and Tony Fisher, the Shire of Kojonup’s Chief Fire Control Officer about a large fire that occurred over two days in extreme heat in WA’s south-west recently. Many topics are discussed in the short discussion, but for…

ABC: Trades Hall condemns firefighters’ union over ‘bullying’ of Victorian Labor MP Jane Garrett

Our thoughts are with our Victorian colleagues – both paid and volunteer – who have been well and truly exhausted by years of responding to very challenging public campaigns aimed at dismantling the CFA that has seen the resignation/dismissal of the Minister, CFA Chief, CFA Board and a whole bunch of other senior people who…

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…