- WA cricket team goes in to bat for 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaign
- Perth Scorchers announced as 2015-16 campaign ambassadors
- 'Are You Ready?' campaign launched today by State Government
Western Australia's Twenty20 cricket team, the Perth Scorchers, have gone into bat for fire safety, becoming the face of this year's 'Are You Ready?' bushfire campaign.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the campaign, fronted by Brad Hogg, Jason Behrendorff and Sam Whiteman, was a reminder that preparing for bushfires was a team effort and the whole community must play its part.
"Bushfires can happen anywhere, anytime, and it's essential everyone at risk has a survival plan and do all they can to protect themselves, their families and their property," Mr Francis said.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Government agencies were working collectively to prepare for the approaching bushfire season.
"The Department of Parks and Wildlife has burned about 147,000 hectares in WA in 2014-15, which means 35 per cent of department-managed land in the South-West has a fuel age of less than six years. A further 50,000ha in WA has already been burned this financial year," Mr Jacob said.
Energy Minister Mike Nahan said Western Power had also been playing its part by clearing vegetation away from power lines and carrying out network improvements.
"Western Power is ready for the bushfire season, but we need everyone to work together to ensure we are all as prepared as possible," Dr Nahan said.
As part of the 'Are You Ready?' campaign, Mr Francis also announced the official opening of the $1 million State Government-funded Volunteer Hardship Assistance Scheme. The scheme helps emergency service volunteers experiencing difficult times, through misfortune such as illness or accidental injury.
- Last season (2014-15) firefighters attended more than 3,900 bushfires across WA
- For information about how to prepare for bushfires, visit http://www.areyouready.wa.gov.au
- Volunteers can apply for help through the Volunteer Hardship Assistance Scheme
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500