Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Emergency Services; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Volunteering

    Deadline extended for Wooroloo Bushfire inquiry submissions

    10/09/2021 10:05 AM
     
    • Submissions for inquiry into Wooroloo Bushfire extended
    • The public has until October 8 to make a submission
    • Audio and visual recordings are welcome

    The community will have an additional two weeks to make submissions into the Wooroloo Bushfire inquiry, with the deadline extended until Friday October 8, 2021.

     

    Submissions were previously due to close on September 24.

     

    The independent review into the devastating Wooroloo Bushfire, which destroyed 86 homes, was announced last month.

     

    The inquiry will be led by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC), which recently conducted an independent review into the Tasmanian bushfires.

     

    An external panel has been appointed to oversee the inquiry, comprising of AFAC nominated members Steve Yorke AFSM and David Nugent AFSM, and community member Sue Davies.

     

    The independent inquiry will analyse information gathered during the first stage of the review of the Wooroloo Bushfire.

     

    It will examine a range of areas including the bushfire response, fuel management and mitigation activities and communications.

     

    In a Western Australian first, people will be able to upload video footage or audio recordings as part of their submissions.

     

    To make a submission online, go to: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/independent-review-of-the-2021-wooroloo-bushfire

     

    Postal submissions can be sent to:

    The Wooroloo Review Independent Panel

    c/o Department of the Premier and Cabinet

    Locked Bag 3001

    WEST PERTH WA 6872

     

    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby:

     

    "The first-hand experiences of residents impacted by the Wooroloo Bushfire will form a significant part of this inquiry, and we want to allow extra time for as many people as possible to make a submission."

     

    "After any disaster there are lessons to be learned, and through this independent inquiry the State Government is committed to finding out as much as it can.

     

    "I would encourage members of the community to take advantage of the extended deadline and make a submission - every piece of information helps."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6300