The West: Manpower woes loom for brigades

Recruiting and retaining WA’s volunteer bushfire fighters is becoming an increasingly difficult task, the State Government’s watchdog has found. Auditor General Colin Murphy said yesterday that increasing turnover, falling recruitment led down by regional areas and a “rising concern” about fatigue among volunteers were challenging its ranks. In a report into the support for and…

Australia grants fund to prevent bushfires

The article below was published by AustralianNews.net earlier today   The Australian government on Monday allocated $2 million to prevent deadly bushfires from ravaging rural Victorian communities. Victoria, which was hit by its worst bushfires in 2009, is a hot-spot for summer blazes. The government said the funds, as part of the Commonwealth’s National Bushfire…

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…