The State Government today posted a $100,000 reward for information leading to capture of those responsible for the wildfires that have wreaked havoc in the hills area.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts today expressed her disgust and contempt for those who had put the lives of Western Australians needlessly at risk by their malicious and reckless actions.
Mrs Roberts said the Gallop Government had boosted the reward to $100,000 - up from $25,000 - to reflect the wide-ranging devastation, trauma and threat to local residents caused by the wildfires.
“As Premier Geoff Gallop has said, these arson attacks in the forests near Perth were acts of ‘pure bastardry’,” the Minister said.
“They have caused millions of dollars worth of damage, endangered people’s lives and property and put at risk the safety of hundreds of firefighters.
“No effort will be spared in bringing these cowardly criminals to justice.
“They need to be caught as quickly as possible and held publicly accountable for their actions which have left many of the hills communities struggling and in a desperate way.”
Mrs Roberts today praised the actions of volunteer fire crews from the Fire and Emergency Services Authority and the Department of Conservation and Land Management and Police who had combined to avert a major disaster.
“I also want to compliment local residents for their co-operation with authorities and their courage in helping to defend their homes,” she said.
“The combined fire effort has shown what a fantastic outcome can be achieved when the community works together.”
Mrs Roberts also expressed her concern for the wider Perth community who has suffered under a haze of smoke and ash due to the effects of the fire.
Those with information that can assist with investigation are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Minister's office: 9213 6600