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February 09
Joint media statement - Disaster assistance following the tropical low and associated flooding in the Kimberley and East Pilbara
​Disaster assistance has been activated in response to the tropical low and associated flooding that affected the Kimberley and East Pilbara in late January 2018.
 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).
 
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor, who has responsibility for disaster assistance, said the tropical low that moved over the Kimberley and East Pilbara regions in late January had affected a large number of roads with flooding.
 
"The low brought with it heavy rainfall and strong winds in excess of 100km/h," Mr Taylor said.
 
"Some communities were left isolated and many of these roads had also suffered previous damage from the recent tropical cyclones Hilda and Joyce.
 
"This activation of the NDRRA will ensure funding is available to help affected communities and restore damaged public infrastructure, such as roads."
 
Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said that the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments were committed to working together on disaster recovery.
 
"In response to this event, disaster assistance has been activated in the five local government areas of Broome, Halls Creek, Derby-West Kimberley, Wyndham-East Kimberley and East Pilbara," Mr Logan said.
 
"The assistance will support eligible people, small businesses and primary producers with their recovery.
 
"It will also ensure funding is available for clean-up and debris removal activities."
 
Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • ​personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
  • ​financia​l support for affected communities, local governments and state agencies to help with the removal of debris, demolition and rebuilding, counter disaster operations, as well as the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • ​interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • ​freight subsidies for primary producers.

The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra

 
People suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of this event should call the disaster response hotline on 1800 032 965.
 
Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Commonwealth Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au
 
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300

February 02
More than $1.4 million allocated to reducing bushfire risk

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  • ​$1.47 million to be spent on the treatment of bushfire risks under new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund
  • ​​​​Funding will support 374 individual treatments across 15 local governments 


The first round of funding under the new $15 million Mitigation Activity Fund has been announced today. 

Fifteen regional local governments, which have endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plans, will share $1.47 million of funding to treat a total of 374 bushfire risks across their communities. 

The Mitigation Activity Fund, supported by Royalties for Regions over three years, will help local governments carry out practical works to reduce the risks they face. 

Funding from the first round of the Mitigation Activity Fund will be allocated to:

 

Local governmentNo. of treatmentsTotal sum
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River10$183,225
Shire of Beverley21$95,400
Shire of Boddington33$53,900
Shire of Boyup Brook31$108,000
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes37$143,570
Shire of Carnamah13$27,000
Shire of Chittering5$26,900
Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup20$169,250
Shire of Irwin34$74,517
Shire of Jerramungup42$66,360
Shire of Nannup8$145,420
Shire of Northampton18$93,840
Shire of Ravensthorpe24$79,600
Shire of West Arthur52$45,500
Shire of Woodanilling26$166,000
Total374$1,478,482

 

Further funding information can be found at http://www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding or by calling (08) 6551 4036.

Another round of funding applications will open in late April 2018.

Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan:

"We face an ever-drying climate in Western Australia with bushfires that can be devastating, so we have to increase our focus on trying to prevent natural disasters where possible.

"It is incumbent upon every landowner to reduce the bushfire risks that they face.

"This $1.47 million of funding will help 15 regional local governme​​nts get out on the ground and do something practical about reducing the risks their communities face.

"The Mitigation Activity Fund follows on from the funding for the Bushfire Risk Management Planning process, which helped local governments identify the risks they faced.

"I am very pleased that these local governments, in high-risk areas, have identified what needs treating and will use this funding to help keep their communities safe."

​Minister's office - 6552 6300

January 23
Disaster assistance for WA communities after Cyclone Joyce

​Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for 12 local government areas in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Joyce a week ago.

Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"The activation of assistance under the NDRRA will ensure affected communities have support to help them recover," Minister Taylor said.

Minister Taylor said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible people, small businesses and primary producers in the local government areas of Broome, Cunderdin, Dalwallinu, Dandaragan, Gingin, Moora, Northam, Quairading, Upper Gascoyne, Victoria Plains, Wongan Ballidu and York.

Minister Logan said the Australian and Western Australian governments recognised the importance of acting quickly to help these communities.

"Some of these areas were also affected by Tropical Cyclone Hilda in late December 2017, so they have been hit twice in just a few weeks," Mr Logan said.

​Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

  • personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
  • financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • freight subsidies for primary producers. 

The assistance available for this event is divided into categories. For further information, visit: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/wandrra.

People suffering personal hardship and distress as a result of Tropical Cyclone Joyce should call the disaster response hotline on 1800 032 965.

Information on disaster assistance available for natural disasters can be found on the Australian Government's website at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

 

Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300​

January 16
Disaster assistance following December’s Tropical Cyclone Hilda

​Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and the Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services Francis Logan today announced the activation of disaster assistance for Broome in response to the impacts from Tropical​ Cyclone Hilda on 27 December 2017.

Minister Taylor said assistance was being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

"The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to help the recovery of disaster affected communities like the local government area of Broome," Mr Taylor said.

​"The north of Western Australia has again faced heavy rains and winds this week from Cyclone Joyce. This assistance announced today will help recovery efforts from the earlier Cyclone Hilda event just after Christmas, including restoration and replacement of road infrastructure and removal of debris from residential properties."

Minister Logan said that a range of assistance was now available to support eligible residents, small businesses and primary producers within the disaster affected local government area of Broome.

"We are also providing assistance to councils and state agencies to cover the cost of cleaning up and restoring damaged public infrastructure," Mr Logan said.

Assistance available under the NDRRA may include:

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  • personal hardship and distress assistance for affected individuals and families
  • financial support for affected local governments and state agencies to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • interest rate subsidies for small businesses and primary producers
  • ​​​​freight subsidies for primary producers. 

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government's Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the WANDRRA pages of the OEM's website.

November 28
2017 Emergency Preparedness Report shows how prepared WA is to face emergencies

The Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Francis Logan MLA has today tabled in Parliament the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Report​. 

The 162 page report, prepared each year for the Minister by the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC), is a state-wide assessment of WA's preparedness for emergencies.

Key findings of the 2017 report:

  • ​​​The Emergency Management (EM) sector in WA is highly functioning, collaborative and cooperative. 

  • There is a growing understanding about the risks that will be faced and realism about the capabilities that can be mobilised to confront them.

  • The sector is well equipped to deal with most 'business as usual' events. There is a developing acceptance and understanding of the need to improve the recovery process.

  • Agencies are actively preparing for the onset of major emergencies.

  • Agencies identify and seek to solve issues as they arise. This includes improved internal procedures and processes; and strengthening and broadening cooperation and sharing.

  • Proactive (mitigation) and post incident (recovery) funding can be insufficient or difficult to access.

  • As the magnitude and scale of an emergency increases, the effectiveness of the response diminishes.

  • There is a capability gap between where we are as a state and where we need to be. The next big challenge will be to broaden the preparedness message with better engagement and reach into the community.

The data for the report is collected from Hazard Management Agencies, Emergency Management Agencies, Local Governments and Service Providers. The 2017 report is the most comprehensive with 170 agencies receiving the survey and a 350% increase in data collected compared to 2016.​​​

​Read the Media Release - Community action key to improving State’s resilience, report finds
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​The 2017 Emergency Preparedness Report is available for download from this website Click here​​​. 



November 27
Mitigation Activity Fund - funding now available for high-risk priority local governments

The Western Australian government has secured funding from the Royalties for Regions program to support bushfire mitigation activities within and adjacent to regional town sites in WA.

The 2017-18 Mitigation Activity Fund (MAF) round focuses on assisting 15 high-risk priority local governments who have completed their Bushfire Risk Management Plans (BRMPs) to the satisfaction of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM).

The 15 local governments will have the opportunity to request fundin​​​g from the 27 November 2017 to 4 January 2018, with information on eligibility and the application process on the OEM website: www.oem.wa.gov.au/funding/mitigationactivityfund​. 

For more information about the 2017-18 Mitigation Activity Fund please contact the OEM Grants Manager at maf@oem.wa.gov.au​or on 6551 4036.




November 23
2017 Resilient Australia Awards - winners announced

The 2017 State Award Ceremony ​was held on the 1 November 2017 during the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2017 at the University Club of Western Australia. The SEMC Chair, Dr Ron Edwards announced the WA winners. 

Congratulations to:

  • Lurline Byles​ a photographer from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for her "Rescue​​ at Last Light" in the Resilient Australia Photography Award category.​

  • Rangelands NRM for their project "Taking Back Control of Fire on the Dampier Peninsula" in th​​e Resilient Australia Community Award category.​ ​
  • City of Mandurah for their project "Equi-Evac Network Centre" in the Resilient Australia Governme​​nt Award category.​​

    ​ Read more about these projects here

The City of Mandurah was selected as a national finalist to the 2017 National Resilient Awards. Today, in a ceremony in Sydney, they were successful in winning the National Award. A tremendous achievement for the Western Australian Local Government.   

Read the media release from the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP. ​​​

Read the media release​ from the Aus​tralian Institute for Disaster Resilience.


June 22
Office of Emergency Management (OEM) releases ground-breaking reports
  • First of their kind reports on how emergencies could possibly affect communities.
  • The culmination of extensive work involving 119 agencies and 406 participants.
  • Each report outlines the credible worst case risks posed to each district around Western Australia.
  • The reports can be used to inform mitigation options and expenditure priorities to build a more resilient state.


Access the risk assessment reports here.
June 15
​​​​​​​​​​​​Natural Disaster Resilience Program 2016-17 - Successful applicants for Natural Disaster Resilience funding announced
The Western Australian and Commonwealth governments have a National Partnership Agreement for Natural Disaster Resilience that delivers the National Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP). 
  
The NDRP aims to develop safer, sustainable and more resilient communities, better able to withstand the effects of natural disasters.  The current NPA provides $6.3 million over two years to WA and, with a matched contribution requirement, will result in $12.6 million of investment into natural disaster resilience in WA.  

WA has allocated NDRP funds to priority projects, including:
  • ​​State Risk Project - $3.1 million
  • State Capability Project - $700,000
  • Response and Capability Subcommittee - $100,000
  • Community Engagement Subcommittee - $100,000
  • Recovery Subcommittee - $100,000

The remainder has been allocated to the 2016-17 NDRP competitive grants round.

The 2016-17 competitive grants round attracted 41 submissions, requesting over $2.8 million.  All were carefully considered by the Assessment Panel before being endorsed by the State Emergency Management Committee.

The outcome of the 2016-17 NDRP round was announced by the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP on 15 June 2017.  

June 12
​MEDIA STATEMENT - Bushfire Mitigation – Public Submissions

Public submissions open on 12 June 2017 and are due by 9 July 2017. Details regarding the submission process and terms of reference are available on the OEM's Bushfire Mitigation webpage.

Click hereto read full media statement.


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