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Emergency Management News

Issue 2 - February 2022

Spotlight: LGIS Guide on WHS Obligations for Managing Bushfire Volunteers

LGIS has published a guide on Understanding WHS obligations for Bushfire Volunteers to assist Local Governments to understand their WHS obligations in managing Bushfire Brigades. The guide aims to support Local Governments in maintaining a safe and hazard free workplace and covers the following areas:
  • key work health and safety terminology
  • incident response considerations, including supervision and issue resolution, and
  • resources, including a risk assessment template, and a facility inspection checklist.
For more information on WHS for Local Governments, please visit WALGA's website.

Sector Updates

2021 Regional Telecommunications Review

The Final Report from the Review made 12 recommendations with significant attention paid to the vulnerability of existing telecommunications infrastructure in natural disasters throughout the Report. WALGA has provided Local Government CEOs with an update via Infopage.
 

Cyclone Reinsurance Pool

The Commonwealth has finalised the design of a reinsurance pool for cyclone and related flood damage backed by $10 billion. The reinsurance pool aims to increase insurance affordability in cyclone-prone areas. 
Read more. 
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

Wildlife Rescue in Perth

During this hot season, it important not to forget our wildlife friends. The Perth Wildlife Rescue Network has produced a Map of Wildlife Hospitals in Perth.
 

Funding for Volunteering WA's Community Recovery Platform

Volunteering WA has secured funding to further develop its online platform to supporting community volunteering during an emergency. 

Farm Recovery After Fires 

DPIRD has resources and information available to support farmers in managing hazards, fire retardants, livestock and infrastructure following a fire. 


Gender and Disaster Australia (GADAus) receives Federal funding

GADAus (formerly GAD Pod) has secured a four-year contract with the Federal Government to continue work across disaster and gender resilience.
 

Local Government Focus

Recovery in Focus

Recent emergencies across the State are a reminder of Local Government's important role in emergency management. See Denmark's bushfire recovery webpage, Bridgetown-Greenbushes' website, and Corrigin's Facebook for example of communications and sharing resources with the community. 

Telecommunication Vulnerabilities During an Emergency

As part of WALGA's continuing advocacy to enhance regional telecommunications resilience, WALGA has presented an item to the SEMC highlighting vulnerabilities during recent emergencies and key updates.

WHS Webinar

On Wednesday, 9 February, WALGA and LGIS hosted a webinar to update Local Governments about the new WHS Legislation and the implications for the management of Bush Fire Brigade volunteers. Unfortunately the webinar recording didn't work and we are developing alternative resourcing for the sector.

Events and Training

AFAC and AIDR Lessons Management Forum 

22 to 23 March, Online and In-person
Register here.


Emergency Management For Local Government Training

4 April, In-person
Register here.

 

Community Disaster Recovery for Local Government

5 April, In-person
Register here.

Recovery Coordinators Course for Local Government

5 May, In-person
Register here.


City of Canning - Changing Your World Conference 2022 

12 May, In-person
Register here.

 

2022 Regional Heritage Conference 

Be prepared – act now to protect our past
19 to 20 May, In-person
More information here.

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WALGA contacts

 
Susie Moir, Policy Manager, Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vanessa Jackson, Senior Policy Advisor, Emergency Management, 9213 2064
Cassandra Mora, Policy Officer, Emergency Management, 9213 2044
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