City of Geraldton: Applications open for Emergency Operations Officer

The City of Greater Geraldton is seeking applications for the position of Emergency Operations Officer, which will also take on the role of the City’s Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO). We know a number of Local Governments that had previously accepted an embedded DFES employee under the title of Community Emergency Services Manager (CESM) found…

Agile, smart, inclusive. Review to transform WA local government

Election commitment honoured with commencement of Local Government Act review Review to reduce red tape, modernise local governments and deliver for communities Election participation, online reporting and gift disclosures first to be targeted A major review of Western Australia’s outdated Local Government Act is under way, with community participation in elections, online reporting and gift…

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…

QoN: Fire Hazard Prosecutions

The following Question on Noitce was asked by Shadow Minister Margaret Quirk and answered in Parliament by Emergency Services Minister Hon Joe Francis last week: Ms M. Quirk to the Minister for Emergency Services: (1) During 2014/2015 how many prosecutions were brought by Local Government Authorities in Western Australia against landowners who failed to comply with…

QwN: Maps of bushfire-prone areas

The following question on notice was asked by the Hon Darren West and answered in Parliament by the Attorney General on behalf of the Emergency Services Minister last week. Hon DARREN WEST to the Attorney General representing the Minister for Emergency Services: I refer to the amendment to recent changes to planning requirements in bushfire-prone areas. When…