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Emergency Management News
August 2021
WALGA
Issue 8

WALGA acknowledges the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

In this issue...

Resources, upcoming events and contact:

WALGA's Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group
Expressions of Interest are sought from interested Local Government staff to join WALGA’s Emergency Management Advisory Group.
The Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group (LGEMAG) meets five times annually to:
  • discuss current and emerging emergency management issues, policy and legislative changes that may impact Local Government;
  • provide member feedback to WALGA on current consultations and advocacy activities; and
  • provide an opportunity for Local Government emergency management staff to meet and network.
Expressions of interest are welcome from metropolitan and regional Local Governments, with attendance by Teams being an option for all meetings.
To express interest and for more information, please contact WALGA's Senior Policy Advisor Emergency Management Suzan Lees or phone 9213 2064.
Wooroloo Bushfire Seven Months On...
The Wooroloo Bushfire started on the morning of Monday, 1 February, during a COVID-19 lockdown, and devastated over 10,000 hectares of land, destroying 86 homes. 
This month, Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby announced that the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services (AFAC) will undertake an independent inquiry into the Wooroloo Bushfires.

The announcement follows the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring releasing their Local Recovery Plans respectively.

In July, the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring hosted a Bushfire Prone Landscaping and Environment Planning Forum focussed on sharing knowledge and sustainable practices for a disaster conscious rebuild with the community.

Shire of Mundaring President, John Daw, said in a media release “Our recovery officer has undertaken some engaging short-term measures to reconnect the community during the past four months, including the popular Wooroloo Connect program."
Exterior of Wooroloo Hall

"We look forward to supporting residents as they organise future events and activities, including a community art project and the revitalisation of the war memorial at Wooroloo Hall (pictured left).”

See the Shire of Mundaring's full media release here

Both the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring have been releasing community updates through Bushfire Recovery Update and Wooroloo Connect.
 
Work Health and Safety Legislation and Bushfire Brigade Volunteers Webinar
WALGA and LGIS are hosting a webinar to inform Local Governments about the new Work Health and Safety legislation and the implications for the management of Bush Fire Brigade volunteers. 


Presentations will cover the changes resulting from the new Work Health and Safety Act 2020, ways to reduce the level of risk and meet legislative obligations, as well as a Local Government best practice case study and update from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on their training program.  A panel will provide answers to pre-submitted questions.

Date:     Tuesday, 31 August
Time:    2:00pm to 3:30pm

This webinar is suitable for CEOs, Elected Members and Emergency Management staff.
To register or for more information, please visit the WALGA website.
Preparing Australia Program Grants
The newly established National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA) is expected to announce the first round of the Preparing Australia Program grants in October 2021. 
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA), established by the Commonwealth earlier this year, will administer the Preparing Australia Program, a $600 million disaster risk reduction grant program. The Program is designed to support locally identified and locally led risk reduction efforts to make Australia stronger in the face of natural disasters like bushfires, floods and cyclones, and reduce the cost of recovery support. 
 
Local Governments are eligible for the Preparing Australian Communities stream. Based on recent Commonwealth grant rounds, it is expected that there will be a strong focus on evidence of community/stakeholder consultation in assessment of grants.

Local Governments interested in applying for the Preparing Australia Program grants are encouraged to get ahead of the game and undertake consultation about potential risk reduction projects with stakeholders in their community in coming months.

Local Governments are also encouraged to include community consultation findings about disaster risk reduction in their Community Strategic Plans.
For more information about the program, please see the National Recovery and Resilience Agency website.
DFES Mitigation Activity Fund Grants Program – Apply Now
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Mitigation Activity Fund opened on 18 August 2021.
The Western Australian Government established the Mitigation Activity Fund to provide on-ground bushfire treatment activities for extreme, very high or high bushfire risks. All Local Governments who have an Office of Bushfire Risk Management endorsed Bushfire Risk Management Plan are eligible to apply and have until Wednesday, 22 September to submit their application. Information was sent out to eligible Local Governments.
 
Since the inception of the Mitigation Activity Fund Grants, 48 Local Governments have received over $30 million in mitigation funding to undertake 4300 treatment activities.
 
The next round of funding is expected to be open in April 2022.
If you think your LG is eligible to apply and did not receive the email or you would like to learn more, please email MAFGP@dfes.wa.gov.au.
National Disaster Risk Reduction Grants Program - Apply Now
A second round of NDRR Competitive Grants is now open and Local Governments are encouraged to apply.
The NDRR Competitive Grant Program is a key component of the WA Implementation Plan to address the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework priorities, five-year outcomes and 2030 goals.
 
To be eligible for NDRR funding, projects must address at least one Commonwealth NDRRF priority​, demonstrate one or more of the 11 action areas within the WA Implementation Plan and address at least one natural hazard.

Applications for this second round close midday Friday, 24 September.
  
**Please Note** the application form will not load in Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
For further information and to apply, please visit the SEMC webpage.
State Bushfire Pre-formed Teams Exercise 
This week, Emergency Management personnel from DFES and DBCA gathered in Collie to conduct the State Bushfire Pre-formed Teams exercise. This year WALGA had the opportunity to attend.
DFES and DBCA recently developed the State Bushfire Pre-formed Teams, which consist of four separate teams (Alpha through to Delta), to form deployment teams in the event of a Level 3 incident and fulfil appropriate AIIMS roles. These teams are exercised annually to ensure capability and readiness to respond.

This year, the exercise was held at the Koolinup Emergency Services Centre in Collie to test the facility as a Level 3 Incident Control Centre. The Teams, as well as key agencies, met to exercise a Level 3 bushfire event in Collie.

As part of the exercise, an Incident Support Group was established, which consisted of the Shire of Collie, St John Ambulance, and WA Police, among other key agencies and local asset organisations and groups, to ensure local knowledge was utilised.
More information on the Pre-Formed Teams can be found in the State Hazard Plan - Fire.
Out of Tender DFES Vehicles
Local Governments and farmers can receive advance notice of decommissioned DFES fire vehicles for sale by Pickles Auctions by registering for a Pickles Auction account.
As per the State Supply Act, all government assets must be sold in an open and transparent manner. Information was provided on how to register for an account through the Bushfire Operations Committee attended by WALGA in March.

You can register your interest on the website to receive automated advice of new listings on My Pickles.
More information on how to register for an account can be found in the March BOC Communiqué.
Resilient Australia Award Winners Announced
WALGA extends its congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Resilient Australia WA Awards, presented at a ceremony at the UWA Club on Monday, 9 August.
The Resilient Australia Awards celebrate and promote initiatives that build community resilience to disasters and emergencies around Australia, as well as images capturing resilience in action.

The City of Fremantle received the Local Government Award for its Neighbour 2 Neighbour (N2) project, which was launched during 2020 to support local residents during the first COVID-19 lockdown.

Two Local Governments received high commendation for their projects: the City of Kalamunda for their Emergency Management project; and the City of Rockingham for their COVID-19 Response and Recovery Model.

The WA winners will now be considered for the national Resilient Australia Award in their respective categories. Last year the Shire of Bruce Rock won the Local Government category, for their Community Supermarket Project and received a highly commended at the National Awards.

WALGA was pleased to participate on the judging panel for the Awards.
For more information about the Resilient Australia Awards, visit the website here.
Traditional Burning Knowledge in the Northern Kimberley
The Uunguu Rangers and Wunambal Gaambera people recently ventured on Country to conduct their annual fire walk and pass on traditional knowledge to younger generations.
In July this year, the Rangers walked roughly 10 kilometres each day of the five day walk to do traditional burns. It is reported that in 2020, 18% of Country was burnt using traditional methods and as a result, only seven per cent of Wunambal Gaambera Country suffered damage from wildfire.

The Rangers conduct their burns during the cooler season of Yurrma (roughly April to June). For more information on Indigenous seasonal calendars across WA, visit the Bureau of Meteorology's Indigenous Weather Knowledge website
To learn more about the fire walk, see the NIT article, and for more information about the Uunguu rangers, visit their website
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Releases Report
Earlier this month, the IPCC released its report on the current state of the climate.
With the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change handing down its report confirming that the Global temperature has increased by 1.0c, it's a reminder of the importance of risk mitigation and climate adaptation activities by communities and Local Governments. 

Some key points from the Report include:
  • global temperature is likely to increase by 1.5 degrees by 2030
  • effects of rising temperatures includes rising sea levels, lengthened fire seasons and worse droughts.
Timely, the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC this month released Hazard Note 103 looking at What can we improve now to prepare for future catastrophic and cascading disasters?
For more information, read the ABC article or read the IPCC Report.
New and Updated SEMC State Hazard Plans
From Thursday, 19 August, the new State Hazard Plan - Hostile Act and reviewed State Hazard Plan - Animal and Plant Biodiversity came into effect.
The new State Hazard Plan - Hostile Act reflects the prescription of a 'Hostile Act' under regulation 14a of the Emergency Management Regulations 2006 and outlines that the WA Police is the responsible Hazard Management Agency.

Additionally, the State Hazard Plan - Animal and Plant Biosecurity has had some editorial and content updates including the following: 
  • Removal of duplications that are captured in the State Emergency Management Plan and legislation where appropriate
  • Addition of National Strategic Plan for Aquatic Animal Health (AQUAPLAN)
  • Section 1.2 Scope – as it relates to the application of State Hazard Plan – Animal and Plant Biosecurity
  • Section 4.4 Levels of Response. Updated to include an Overview: National / State Response Level Comparison table to clearly distinguish between State and National incident response levels
  • updated Roles and Responsibilities to reflect changes to Department of Health terminology and capture Water Corporations roles outlined in the State EM Plan. 
The State Hazard Plans can be found on the SEMC website
For more information, please email semc.policylegislation@dfes.wa.gov.au.
Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee (IBOC) Communiqué
The Interagency Bushfire Operations Committee met on Thursday, 17 June at WALGA.
The Communiqué contains information regarding; 
  • What is IBOC?
  • Current IBOC Membership
  • State Bushfire Pre-formed Teams Exercise
  • AFDRS Implementation
Please view the June Communiqué here
For more information about IBOC, please contact WALGA Policy Manager, Resilient Communities, Susie Moir or call 9213 2058.
Resources
Recovery Resources .
Emergency Management Training and Events
Emergency Management Fundamentals (eLearning) - New Version Now Live!
Always online

AIIMS Awareness (Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System)
Always online

Webinar: WHS Legislation and Local Government Bush Fire Brigades
Date: Tuesday, 31 August

WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference
Date: Friday, 10 September, to Saturday, 11 September

WA Rangers Association Professional Development Conference
Date: Wednesday, 15 September, to Thursday, 16 September

Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum
Themed ‘Doyntj Doyntj – Come Together’, this will be a day of learning and celebration of the positive work occurring between Local Governments and their Aboriginal communities.
Date: Wednesday, 22 September
Venue: Crown, Perth

Local Government Recovery Coordinator Training
Date: Wednesday, 22 September to Thursday, 23 September
Venue: WALGA, West Leederville

AFAC21 (including Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2021)
Date: Tuesday, 5 October to Friday, 8 October
Venue: online

AIDR Decision Making Under Pressure Masterclass
Date: Wednesday, 8 December to Thursday, 9 December
Venue
: online

2021 WA Emergency Management Conference
Hosted by the Shire of Dardanup
Date: Wednesday, 13 October
Venue
: Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Member Representation
Month of August
  • TC Seroja After-Actions Review Submission
  • Local Government Community Safety Network
  • District Recovery Coordination Group (TC Seroja)
  • Local Government Emergency Management Advisory Group 
  • Fire Weather and Predications Subcommittee
  • All Hazards Liaison Group Meeting (Flooding Swan/Avon/Dale)
  • Future Emergency Welfare Management Partnership Forum
  • Volunteer Sustainability Steering Committee
  • IBOC training and Development Subcommittee
  • Resilient Australia Awards Judging Panel
  • Natural Hazards Research Australia Evidence-informed Policy and Strategy Workshop
  • State Recovery Coordination group Partnership Forum
  • IBOC Meeting
  • State Bushfire Pre-formed Teams Exercise
  • Committee for Animal Welfare in Emergencies
  • AFDRS Stakeholder Workshop
  • AFDRS WA Implementation Subcommittee
  • Level 3 Incident Controllers Forum
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Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities Team
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