Emergency Management News

Issue 11 - October 2022

Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group - Seeking Regional Members

Expressions of Interest are sought from Local Government staff to join WALGA’s Emergency Management Advisory Group by COB Friday, 18 November.

Expressions of Interest are welcome from regional Local Government staff with an interest in or knowledge of emergency management in Local Government. Attendance by Teams is an option for all meetings. Read more

LEMA Review Update

WALGA delivered 10 LEMA Review workshops during September and October. In total, there were 150 attendees, with 92 Local Governments represented. The consultation findings will be presented in an upcoming WALGA webinar and will inform a LEMA Improvement Plan. Stay tuned for webinar details. 

We encourage all Local Governments to complete the LEMA Review Survey by 11 November.

For more information, contact WALGA's LEMA Review Project Lead Simone Ruane.

Heatwave Planning and Services

The State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) has approved the reviewed State Hazard Plan – Heatwave. The Plan has adopted the Australian Warning System for the hazard and the related methodology. There is an amendments table included in the plan.

To coincide with this update, BOM has commenced issuing a new Heatwave Warning for severe or extreme heatwave conditions with a forecast of four days. See information here on BOM's heatwave services.

Department of Health has information for Local Governments on strategies to reduce vulnerability to heatwaves.

Sector Updates

LGGS Q&A Session

Join WALGA and DFES on Tuesday, 1 November to get the most out of your Local Government Grants Scheme application. DFES will provide a brief overview of the LGGS process and be available to answer questions.
Register here.
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Funding for Emergencies

Amendments to the State EM Policy Section 5.12 - Funding for Emergency Response is currently open for consultation. WALGA participated in the review of the Policy and is keen to hear Local Government feedback. Please share any feedback with WALGA by Friday, 18 November.
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

2021-22 Major Incidents Report

AIDR has released its annual Major Incidents Report providing an overview of significant incidents over the 2021-22 financial year. 

Forest Management Plan 2024-2033

The Draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033 has been released for a two-month public comment period.

SEMC Strategic Plan 2022-2025

The Strategic Plan outlines SEMC's vision, mission, strategic goals and objectives. Read more

Federal Budget Analysis 2022-23

WALGA has provided an update on the Federal Budget, including information on disaster preparedness, climate change and infrastructure. See ALGA's analysis too.

Local Government Focus

National Resilience Awards

Congratulations to the Local Governments recognised in the 2022 National Resilient Australia Awards. The Shire of Mundaring took out the Resilient Australia Local Government Award and the Shire of Nannup and City of Wanneroo were highly commended. Read more

Disaster Ready Fund

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has provided a submission to the Emergency Response Amendment (Disaster Ready Fund) Bill 2022 welcoming the Governments commitment of up to $200 million per annum to build disaster resilience and to reduce disaster risk.

Flood Preparedness

The significant flooding over east has highlighted the importance of community preparedness for hazards. Over the past few years, a number of Local Governments across Australia have been recognised for their work in preparing their communities for disasters, including floods. Read more

Events and Training

Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

3 November, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Register here.

Delivering WA's Local Climate Opportunities

3 and 4 November, City of Busselton and Town of Victoria Park
Register here.

Want to share something with the sector?

Want to share your successes, promote a new project, have a key question answered or collaborate with other Local Governments? We want to hear from you about any stories or initiatives to share with the sector.
Submit your content for the next Emergency Management News

Join our network

Are you wanting to connect with other Local Government staff and keep in the loop with events, consultations and updates in emergency management? Join WALGA's Local Government Emergency Management Network.
Become a Member

WALGA Emergency Management 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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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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