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Risk ​Ass​essment Report


​This district risk assessment report summarises the results of the State Risk Project risk assessment workshops in the Goldfields-Esperance Emergency Management (EM) district. It co​​vers six priority hazards, as identified by the Goldfields-Esperance District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC). The workshop series was conducted between September 2015 and August 2016.



Hazards Assessed:​

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​​​Bushfire Earthquake Huma​n Epidemic Mar​​​​ine Tran​sport Emer​gen​cy​​Rail CrashStorm

District Risk Profile

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​​​​​​Re​​​port highlights​​​​:​

  • Th​​e re​sults for the six hazards assessed reveal that:​

​​- 2% of the risks were a​ssessed as extreme;

- 15% of the risks were assessed as high;

- 5% of the risks could cause catastrophic consequences.​

  • ​​Human epidemic presents the greatest risk in the Goldfields-Esperance district and would be expected to result in the most deaths. Deaths would be expected directly from either the avian influenza outbreak itself or from individuals with existing health concerns not being able to access health services due to the str​ain placed on these services from the outbreak.  


  • ​​​​​​An ex tropical cyclone, resulting in flooding and severe wi​nds, would be expected to have the most significant impact on the Goldfields-Esperance economy. The disruption to major road and rail freight routes, including the Great Eastern Highway, the Eyre Highway, the Goldfields Highway and the main east-west rail line could result in financial losses of over $54.4 million. 


  • ​​​​A magnitude 5.6 earthquake event in Kalgoorlie ​would be expected to result in deaths and/or injuries, economic losses from damage to private buildings and the permanent loss of buildings of cultural significance. It was suggested that under-insurance for earthquake events would likely be an impediment to redevelopment and recovery.


  • ​​​​​​​​​If​​ a rail crash occurs between Kalgoorlie and the WA-SA border, the designation of responsibilities and cost bearing measures are uncertain. There is currently no identified Hazard Management Agency for that section of the track. ​



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Full report download

Goldfields-Esperance Emer​​gency ​​Man​​agement District 

Risk Assessment​ Report

29 ​May 2017​​​


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