What went wrong in Yarloop: reports released on devastating bushfire

The current system for managing bushfire in WA is “failing citizens and the Government”, according to the official report into January’s Yarloop-Waroona bushfire. The report, titled Reframing Rural Fire Management, has been tabled in Parliament by Premier Colin Barnett this morning. In his introduction to the report special inquirer Euan Ferguson wrote witnesses had “variously…

Farmers fired up for reforms

The State Government doesn’t know it yet. But the long-awaited Ferguson report into the disastrous Yarloop fires earlier this year, released to the public today by Premier Colin Barnett at Harvey, will be the oxygen farmers require to push for major reforms to control country bush fires. There is already a queue forming to speak…

AFAC16 Youth Scholarship Opportunity

Nominations are now invited for the inaugural AFAC Conference Youth Scholarship. The objective of the scholarship to recognise and support the efforts of young individuals (aged 18-30 years) who actively participate and contribute to an AFAC member agency and would benefit from the professional development opportunity of attending AFAC16. Nominations are restricted to one per…

Volunteer Pathways Advisory Groups Combined Meeting (VPAG, VFPAG and VESPAG)

Representatives from the various emergency services associations gathered last Saturday for their first meeting of the Volunteer Pathways Advisory Group (VPAG). They were joined as invited guests at the meeting by many of the Volunteer Fire Pathways Advisory Group (VFPAG) and the Volunteer Emergency Services Pathways Advisory Group (VESPAG). This was a one-off combined meeting…