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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 Wheatbelt Emergency Management (EM) district. It co​​vers five priority hazards, as identified by the Wheatbelt District Emergency Management Committee (DEMC). The workshop series was conducted between May and November 2015.



Hazards Assessed:​

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​​​BushfireEarthquake Flood Rail Crash​​Storm

District Risk Profile​​

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​​​​​​Re​​​port highlights​​​​:

  • The results for the five hazards assessed reveal that:​

​- ​No extreme risks​​;

​​- 22% of the risks were assessed as high​​;

​- 3% of the​ risks could cause catastrophic consequences​.​​

  • T​​​he earthquake scenario was assessed as capable of creating catastrophic and major impacts with 73% of assessed risks falling into these categories. The lower likelihood of an earthquake resulted in a lower overall risk​ level; despite this,​ the potential impact of an earthquake should not be overlooked. It is important to note that the Wheatbelt district is one of the most seismically active areas in Australia.


  • Both the earthquake and rail crash scenarios would be expected to cause death and injuries resulting in a significant demand on health and emergency services. The demand for these services would be likely to outstrip the capacity of the district requiring support from the metropolitan area. 


  • All natural hazards assessed in the Wheatbelt (bush​fire, storm, flood and earthquake) pose a high risk to the economy. This was primarily accrued through damage to infrastructure, particularly power supply systems, roads and rail (from washouts) and buildings. In addition, significant losses would be expected through the loss of commercial buildings and likely damage to agricultural, pastoral and horticultural activities.


  • Impacts on the community would be greatest from bushfire and earthquake. The social and psychological impacts from the loss of heritage buildings and permanent loss of culture and history were predicted to extend beyond financial implications.

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Full report download

Wheatbelt Emer​​gency ​​Man​​agement District 

Risk Assessmen​t Report

29 ​May 2017​​​


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