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…

Volunteers from 130km away join Yarloop VBFB to mark 3rd anniversary

As you can see from the post below, wonderful ladies and gentlemen from the Kalamunda Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade travelled to Yarloop on Tuesday to join their heroic colleagues from many other brigades across the south west to mark the third anniversary of the devastating Yarloop and Waroona fires in 2016. While the never-ending willingness…

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…

Harvey-Waroona Reporter: New DVD a tool for fire safety

Testimonies from residents who went through the 2016 Waroona-Yarloop Bushfires stirred hearts at the launch of Harvey Shire Council’s bushfire preparedness DVD on Thursday, which aims to prepare other communities. Councillors, shire staff, emergency services representatives and residents interviewed for the DVD, attended the launch of Importance of Preparedness: Lessons Learnt 2016 January Bushfires at the former…

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…

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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…

Emergency Services minister Francis Logan visited the Allanson Fire Brigade meeting on Sunday.

Collie Mail: New fire division concerns

An Allanson volunteer firefighter has spoken out against the announcement of a $80 million Rural Fire Division. The WA Government announced last Friday that they will be creating a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The new division aims to help improve fire management, increase mitigation and strengthen relations with the State’s…

AFAC: Extreme fire behaviour: lessons learned from the Waroona fire

Extreme fire behaviour and a case study of the 2016 Waroona fire in Western Australia were explored during a recent webinar hosted by AFAC’s Predictive Services (Bushfire) Practitioners Network. The webinar, which is available below, featured Mika Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology, discussing the lessons learned from the Waroona bushfire. The audience included Fire…