Emergency Management News

Issue 4 - March 2022

Spotlight: WALGA 2021 EM Survey Results

In late 2021, WALGA undertook a survey of Local Governments to ascertain the sentiment of the sector towards their emergency management roles and responsibilities generally, and in relation to managing volunteer Bushfire Brigades in particular.

WALGA shared the results of the 2021 Emergency Management Survey with Local Government CEOs on Friday, 4 March. We are pleased to provide you with an Overview of the Survey Results, Infographic, and InfoPage outlining the key sentiments from the Survey and how the results will be used. 

The 2021 survey aims to build on the feedback received in WALGA’s 2019 Emergency Management Survey and will help inform WALGA’s policy and advocacy on current and emerging Emergency Management issues.

Sector Updates

Boost for Regional Telecommunications 

Infrastructure upgrades to 141 mobile network sites across the State as part of the Commonwealth Mobile Network Hardening Program will improve mobile phone services for local communities during emergencies. Read more.

National Disaster Risk Reduction Funding 

Applications for the 2022-2023 NDRR are now open. WALGA and DFES are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, 12 April to support Local Governments in preparing Grant applications. Register here

Wooroloo Bushfire Review

The Final Report on the Independent Review of the 2021 Wooroloo Bushfire has been released. A total of 13 recommendations have been made, with the State Government accepting 10 in full, one in principle and two being noted. 
Read more.
Image: DFES Incident Photographer Evan Collis

IPCC Report on Climate Change

The latest IPCC report reflects what we are already seeing on the ground around the country, drier and hotter temperatures, more frequent flooding and compounding impacts across communities and industry. Read WALGA's summary of key findings. 

Guidelines for Operating Private Equipment at Fires

The DFES Bushfire Centre of Excellence has released updated Guidelines for Operating Private Equipment to support operators to understand their responsibilities, and the associated risks, when responding to a bushfire.

Evacuation Green Bag Consultation

DFES is consulting on the proposed removal of the ‘All Hazards Evacuation Flagging Guideline’ and evacuation flagging section within the State EM Plan. 
Read more. 
Read the Latest WALGA COVID-19 Sector Updates

In Other News...

CSIRO's New Bushfire Behaviour Lab

The National Bushfire Behaviour Research Laboratory, at CSIRO Black Mountain Canberra, has opened to test and report on bushfire behaviours.

Audit of Funding for Volunteer Emergency and Fire Services

The Office of the Auditor General is conducting a review of funding administered by DFES and Local Governments. 

Supporting Flood Affected Areas Over East

WALGA has provided Local Governments with some information about donating to flood affected areas in Qld and NSW.

State Bushfire Advisory Council Communique

SBAC met on Friday, 4 March for its first meeting of 2022. Read the communique here

Local Government Focus

Resilient Australia Awards Submissions Open

Nominations for the Resilient Australia Awards are open until Monday, 6 June. The Awards celebrate initiatives that build community resilience to disasters and emergencies.
Read more.

Building Resilience

In the upcoming Federal Budget, ALGA is calling on the Commonwealth Government to increase funding for disaster mitigation and community resilience. Read more about ALGA's Federal Election and Budget Priorities here

New Tankers for Esperance

The Shire of Esperance has been provided with 6 new Tankers for their Brigades, the first region in WA to receive the brand new 4.4 Broadacre Tankers. Read more. 
Image: Shire of Esperance

Disaster Recovery Updates

DRFA funding is now available to support communities recently impacted by flooding in the Kimberley and bushfires in the Wheatbelt. In addition, the first-ever District Recovery Coordinator has been appointed in the Wheatbelt region.
Image: DFES Incident Photographer Sean Blocksidge

Events and Training

Emergency Management For Local Government Training

4 April, In-person
Register here.

Webinar: Risk to Resilience - Developing Second National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction

4 April, In-person
Register here.

Community Disaster Recovery for Local Government Training

5 April, In-person
Register here.

Webinar: Exemptions for Bushfire Risk Mitigation

6 April, Online
Register here.

State Emergency Management Capability Webinar for Local Governments

7 April, Online
Register here.

Webinar: National Disaster Risk Reduction Grant Program for Local Governments

14 April, Online
Register here

Recovery Coordinators Course for Local Government

5 May to 6 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.


Emergency Management for Local Government Leaders

14 June, In-person
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.
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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
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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