Emergency Management News

January 2023

Kimberley Floods

Communities in the Kimberley are experiencing a one-in-100 year flood event, with the clean-up expected to be long, costly and complex. Individuals and businesses can now donate to the Kimberley Floods Appeal through the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund. Information about where assistance is available and how the public can help is available on the DFES Kimberley Floods Webpage. Volunteering WA has also set up a registration point for those wishing to provide support. GIVIT has also launched an appeal to support the management of donations during recovery.

A State Recovery Coordinator has now been appointed to coordinate state-level recovery arrangements and agencies involvement in recovery preparation. Rob Cossart was the District Recovery Coordinator for the Shackleton Complex and Narrogin East Bushfires and will now support the Kimberley region as State Recovery Coordinator. Read more.

A number of other announcements have been made in the past few weeks to support the region:

State Consultations

Please share any feedback you provide to the below consultations with WALGA via

State Capability Framework Review

The Framework supports assessment and development of the State’s capability to manage emergencies. DFES have reviewed the framework to better reflect the current emergency management landscape and are seeking Local Government feedback via a survey. 
Read more.

Emergency Welfare State Support Plan

The Department of Communities is reviewing the State Support Plan: Emergency Welfare Interim (now known as, State Support Plan - Emergency Relief and Support) and is seeking feedback from Local Governments via a survey.
Read more.

Sector Updates

Disaster Ready Fund (DRF)

The first DRF grant round is open and DFES is seeking expressions of interest for projects that wish to be included in the WA application. To submit a project, please complete the form here, and return to by 10 February 2023.  More information is available here

Women and Firefighting Australasia Awards

WAFA Inc are seeking nominations for the WAFA Awards to be presented at the AFAC Conference in August. Nominations close Wednesday, 1 March 2023.
Read more.
Image credit: WAFA Website

State Climate Adaptation Strategy to be Developed

The State Government is preparing a State-wide Climate Adaptation Strategy, to be released later in 2023. DWER will be engaging with Local Governments during the first-half of 2023 to inform the finalisation of the Strategy.

Cybersecurity Hazard Plan Coming Soon

The State Government will be progressing the development of a hazard management framework for cybersecurity and investigate the viability of it being recognised as a hazard. The Department of Premier and Cabinet will be leading the consultation with stakeholders over the coming months. Read more

Local Government Focus

Brigade Local Laws - Legal Advice for LGs

WALGA has obtained legal advice that confirmed having established a Bush Fire Brigade, it is a requirement that the Local Government also adopt an associated Bush Fire Brigades Local Law.
Read more

Emergency Dashboard WA First

The Shire of Ashburton has recently launched their Guardian emergency dashboard, the first in WA, to provide their community with information about power outages, weather warnings and conditions (including fire danger rating), and more. 
Read more.

Emergency Management Development Opportunities

There are a couple of upcoming development and training opportunities available to Local Governments, including a masterclass on animal emergency management and a workshop on the neuroscience of stress response. Read more.
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

Events and Training

ANU Climate Update 2023

Online and In-person in Canberra
6 February | Register here


WALGA Urban Forest Conference 2023 Valuing Canopy

In-person at Curtin University
17 February | Register here


WALGA Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

20 February | Register here

Online Masterclass: Animal Emergency Management Complexities

22 February, 1 and 8 March | Register here

WALGA Emergency Management Foundations for Local Government

7 March | Register here

WALGA Community Disaster Recovery

8 March | Register here 

AIDR Volunteer Leadership Program

17 - 19 March | Apply here by 17 February

WACOSS Conference

1-2 May | Register here

AFAC Conference - Save the Date

22-25 August, Brisbane | Read more
featuring the Australian Disaster Resilience, the Institution of Fire Engineers National, and the Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) Conferences. 

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WALGA contacts

Susie Moir, Policy Manager, Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Rachel Armstrong, Senior Policy Advisor, Emergency Management, 9213 2064
Cassandra Mora, Policy Officer, Emergency Management, 9213 2044
Simone Ruane, Project Lead, LEMA Review, 9213 2049

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