Bushfire summit sets new direction

THE State government has committed to a second Bushfire Mitigation Summit next year, after key representatives from across WA gathered for the first time in Mandurah last week to discuss bushfire risk management. Approximately 70 representatives from government agencies to volunteer associations and advocacy groups attended the invitation-only Bushfire Mitigation Summit last Friday. WA Emergency…

QwN: Peel Mobile Health Service

The following Question Without Notice was asked by the new Member for Murray-Wellington, Robyn Clarke to the Hon Roger Cook, Minister for Health, in Parliament yesterday: Mrs R.M.J. CLARKE to the Minister for Health: I refer to the Peel Mobile Health Service, which the previous Liberal–National government and the member for Dawesville provided no funding for,…

Clarke behind bushfire accord

The contention over the development of a fully-independent fire service in the Murray-Wellington region continues, with newly-elected Labor MP Robyn Clarke hoping to establish community discussion before the next fire season. Ms Clarke is hoping to have a proposal to present to state caucus on the establishment of a rural fire service before the next…

Too much fire, not enough bodies

Saving WA towns from a summer of raging infernos fell to teams of exhausted heroes. It was an onslaught that wouldn’t end: fire after fire after fire, rising up to threaten homes and force evacuations, being beaten into submission by exhausted firefighters only for another to spring up somewhere else. On at least 40 days…