Quick Quiz: ESL and Mitigation

Did you know that under the current rules that dictate what can be funded from the Emergency Services Levy (ESL), mitigation is specifically not allowed? There’s been a fair bit of discussion about mitigation and its importance since WA’s recent run of catastrophic bush fires so we thought we would run a quick quiz to…

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair (ESL up 3.35%)

Tariffs, fees and charges to assist in budget repair ​McGowan Government announces changes to household fees and charges Concession programs improved to minimise the impact on those in most need Annual Energy Assistance Payment increased to $300, a $66 increase from 2016-17 Increased funding for the Hardship Utility Grant Scheme and financial counselling No new…

Prescribed burning result a good start, but a lot of catch up required

The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) has today congratulated the government for both achieving the best prescribed burning results in 29 years and perhaps more importantly, giving the issue Ministerial attention. AVBFB President Dave Gossage said today’s media statement released by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson was very positive, but it also highlights just…

AVBFB meets ERA regarding ESL

Representatives of the AVBFB met with the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) this week to follow up on our written submission to the current Emergency Services Levy (ESL) Review. While the discussion was very wide ranging, we took the opportunity to emphasize a few very important key points with regard to the ESL and how it…