The West: Western Power fight against Parkerville residents over bushfire damage a ‘grasp for immunity’

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is very proud and appreciative of the support we have been able to secure for our members via the annual Western Power small equipment grant scheme. In that sense, it is somewhat troubling to see the GTE (Government Trading Enterprise) in court regarding the liability for the…

It’s ON: Western Power increases the voltage on volunteer support!

We posted this article last week explaining that the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) received powerful applications from 141 Brigades for up to $5,000 as part of our annual Western Power small grants scheme. The program always generates a lot of buzz among our members, but the huge response this year came as…

Volunteers showing AVBFB President Dave Gossage the radio "Black spots" on a regional map in the Shire of Lake Grace April 2018

AVBFB attends Lake Grace BFAC

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) was invited to attend the Shire of Lake Grace Bush Fire Advisory Committee meeting (BFAC) on Thursday in Newdegate. Brigades from across the region were represented by their FCO’s and other representatives. It was great to see the new weather station working well giving more accurate information…

Walkaway VBFB better equipped thanks to Western Power grant

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is so proud to represent the amazing members of the Volunteer Bush Fire Service, but even more proud to have been able to negotiate and facilitate the Western Power grants scheme for the past few years. And here’s an example of what that effort actually delivers “on…

Applications for the 2018 Western Power grant are now open!

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) in partnership with Western Power invites suitable applicants to apply for the Western Power grants of up to $5,000. Applications are open from 1st February 2018 and close on Friday 30th March 2018. Who can apply: Applications are only open to brigades located in areas linked to…

Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades was pleased to have donated significant time to assist Western Power develop and deliver another year of deeply appreciated grants for Brigades. Below is the original media statement published by Western Power announcing the outcome of our combined work. Western Power grants boost life-saving equipment for bushfire brigades…

PerthNow: Parkerville residents launch legal action against Western Power over 2014 fire

RESIDENTS who had their homes destroyed or damaged in last year’s Parkerville fire have launched legal action against Western Power. Nearly 140 Parkerville homeowners have joined the lawsuit against the electrical company, which is being led by law firm Slater and Gordon. Fifty-seven homes, seven outbuildings and about 392ha of bushland were burned after a…

Power poles back in spotlight

Wheatbelt farmers claim faulty insulator sparked bushfire that destroyed five hectares WESTERN Power is embroiled in another pole top fire controversy amid claims a faulty insulator sparked a blaze in the state’s Wheatbelt region last weekend. The fire, which broke out just before 8am on Saturday, destroyed about five hectares at the historic Berskshire Valley…

Sporting great pads up as Bushfire Ready Ambassador

Former Test cricketer Justin Langer fronts Are You Ready? campaign Preparing for bushfires is a shared responsibility between government,  community groups and individuals Cricketing great Justin Langer will lead this summer’s Are You Ready? bushfire campaign as Western Australia’s new Bushfire Ready Ambassador. The campaign, launched today, drives home the message that preparing for bushfires…