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Emergency Management News
june 2020
WALGA
Issue 6

We are keen to hear more from our Members so that we can showcase initiatives, learnings and case studies to further support the sector in their activities before, during and after an emergency. We encourage you to get in touch via email, and share what you are doing to create and support resilient communities throughout WA.

In this issue...

Resources, upcoming events and contact:

Phase 4 of COVID-19 Restrictions Easing
The Premier has announced Phase 4 eased restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, 27 June with all gathering limits only to be determined by WA’s reduced 2sqm rule.
Information on the easing of restrictions can be accessed here

WA businesses will be expected to ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented.
 
The WA State Border will remain closed and members of the community are reminded to maintain hygiene practices and continue physical distancing where possible.
 
Two additional phases have been added to the roadmap: 
  • Phase 5 to come into effect on Saturday, July 18 (three weeks from commencement of Phase 4 and depending on infection rates locally) comprising: removal of the 2sqm rule across the State, all other gathering restrictions and the 50% capacity rule for major events.
  • Phase 6, re-opening of WA border – this was initially going to be Saturday, 8 August but the timeline is on hold due to the current Victorian outbreak.
 View the State Government media release here.
View the updated Roadmap here.
WALGA Local Government Showcase Webinars
Six Local Government Showcase Webinars hosted by WALGA's Emergency Management Team, on responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, are available to view on the WALGA website. 

 
Each webinar featured a number of presenters from Local Governments discussing their approaches to assisting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included staff redeployment, economic stimulus, communications and maintaining community connected-ness during restrictions. Click here to view the webinars. 

WALGA will continue the Showcase webinar series into the recovery phase, and encourages Local Governments to provide feedback on topics of interest to inform the webinars. 
To provide input into future webinar topics, please email the Emergency Management Team.
Fly Through the Bushfire Centre of Excellence
An animated fly-through video of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services state-of-the-art Bushfire Centre of Excellence is now available.
 
 
The virtual tour takes viewers through the entire facility to showcase the extensive training facilities, open-plan office layouts and surrounding landscape.

The building has been designed in a boomerang-shape and will be a shared learning hub for all bushfire management stakeholders and community members.

Completion of the Bushfire Centre of Excellence is on track for the end of 2020.
The video and more information on the Bushfire Centre of Excellence, can be accessed here
National Disaster Recovery Funding Review
Australia's emergency management ministers have agreed to undertake a review of the jointly funded Commonwealth-State/Territory Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) following one of the most devastating natural disaster seasons in Australia's history.

 
The aim of the review is to ensure that assistance under the program is fair and equitable for Australians living in different States. 

The devastating 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires affected multiple States at the same time, however different types and levels of assistance were provided across each State.

The review will look into how each State applies the DRFA and whether the program should be adjusted to deliver more equitable, needs based, assistance for all Australians.

Emergency management ministers have also agreed that the review will look at how DRFA funding can be better used to make damaged infrastructure more resilient through the rebuilding process. This has already occurred in Queensland, with public infrastructure being 'built back better' so that it can withstand the impacts of future disasters

The Australian Government will work collaboratively with the States and Territories to undertake the DRFA review. 
Click here to view the media release about the review.
Bushfire Centre of Excellence Welcomes First Trainees 
The Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) celebrated the commencement of three Aboriginal Trainees in June.

Erin Fitzgerald, Zac Merritt and Jeremy Wright with supervisors Kendall O’Neil, Wayne Davis and Amy Teale.
 
The trainees are completing a Certificate III in Government (Public Administration) and working across the Centre’s key functions of Training, Knowledge Management and Business Management.

The traineeship will take place over the course of a year with the possibility of an additional year of employment upon completion.

During this time the trainees will provide administrative support and help to deliver and promote the activities of the BCoE. This is designed to give them the skills and experience they need to gain employment in the public sector.
Sector Rates Campaign 
At the request of State Council, WALGA has created an advertising campaign to support Local Governments in educating the community about rates notices in the context of a rates freeze and pending revaluations across the metropolitan area. 
The campaign comprises two 30-second ads and a longer form content piece supported by print advertisements. It features former Australian Hockey Captain and Coach, Ric Charlesworth talking through the basics of a rates freeze and how rates are calculated, focused around two main points:
  • the rates freeze means that Local Governments will not be receiving any additional income, though the revaluation process could mean you pay more, and
  • rates are not directly linked to property rates, and that whilst individual property value changes can impact your rates, whole of property market movements do not.
 The content is available to view here.

The initial campaign will involve print advertising in Saturday’s West Australian over four weeks together with an eight-week promotion of the video content online, pointing to additional information on the WALGA website as shown in the link above.
  
Video and print advertisements are available for Councils to use in their own communications vehicles, with an opportunity to co-brand with individual Local Government logos via campaign creators Marketforce. Video content can be co-branded for $50, and all print ads co-branded for $50. 
To access campaign materials, email the WALGA Communications Team.
Free Emergency Management eLearning 
For a limited time only, WALGA Training will be offering our popular Emergency Management eLearning courses free of charge.
These courses have been constructed specifically to address the fundamental skills required to operate effectively in the Local Government Emergency Management environment.

Due to the current emergency we are experiencing, WALGA is offering these eLearning courses free of charge from now until Thursday, 31 December.
 
Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning)
Available now online
 
AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Available now online.
For more information, or to register visit WALGA Training or email training@walga.asn.au.
Resources
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Emergency Management Training and Events
Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning)
Available now online
 
AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Available now online

Tools for Optimising Prescribed Burn Programs Webinar Wednesday, 1 July
Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning
 
Member Representation
Month of June
  • 2020 Preparedness Report Steering Committee
  • State Bushfire Advisory Committee
  • State Welfare Emergency Committee
  • Metropolitan Operational Area Support Group (OASG)
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Contact
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