Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

John D'Orazio

John D'Orazio

Former Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Justice; Community Safety

    North-West communities and volunteers win praise for cyclone response

    31/03/2006 1:00 PM

    North-West communities, volunteers and emergency services workers have been praised for their response to Cyclone Glenda.

    Premier Alan Carpenter and Emergency Services Minister John D’Orazio said good planning and preparedness had so far helped limit the damage caused by this year’s largest cyclone.

    “About 200 volunteers and career emergency workers co-ordinated and implemented a response that helped prevent potential disasters,” Mr Carpenter said.

    “They were greatly assisted by ordinary community members and staff from local governments, businesses, resource companies and Government agencies.

    “Preparations such as a clean-up, evacuations and providing temporary accommodation all helped prevent a potential disaster and protect an area which is vital to our State’s economy.

    “These communities are now dealing with local impacts such as loss of power in Onslow, water in Point Samson, flooding of some houses and infrastructure damage.”

    Mr D’Orazio said the full impact of cyclone Glenda would still take some time to be felt.

    “Communities in the Ashburton Gascoyne, Murchison and Greenough catchments, may yet have to deal with significant flooding,” he said.

    “This will require another major effort by the State’s emergency services volunteers and staff and they will have the Government’s full support.”

    The Minister said Tropical cyclone Glenda would be declared an eligible event under the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements (WANDRA).

    “This means eligible individuals, businesses, primary producers and local governments can have access to a range of assistance measures to aid in recovering from the impacts of this emergency,” he said.

    For more information about disaster relief arrangements - call FESA on 9323 9300 or freecall 1800 199 084.

    Premier's office: 9222 9475
    Minister for Emergency Services office: 9213 7150