Member for Murray-Wellington Murray Cowper has slammed the State Government’s apparent decision to base the Rural Fire Service in Collie, urging the Labor and Liberal Parties to stop playing “political football” with the future of fire safety in the Murray region.
Incumbent Liberal Member for Murray-Wellington Murray Cowper has laid out his election policies ahead of the March state election, focusing on his aims to create an Independent Fire Service for regional Western Australia.
The increasing popularity of drones in Western Australia has prompted the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) to issue a reminder to the community not to unwittingly halt firefighting efforts this bushfire season.
Southwest forester and firefighter Callum Burwood has announced he is standing as the Greens candidate for Murray-Wellington in the 2017 state election.
More than 166,000 hectares of prescribed burning has been achieved by the Department of Parks and Wildlife from Gingin in the north to Denmark on the south coast since July 1 this year.
Organisations and government agencies have urged the public to take care as the mercury is scheduled to peak at 42 degrees today.
Murray-Wellington MP Murray Cowper and the Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades have welcomed the State Government's adoption of the points raised in the Ferguson Inquiry into the Yarloop bushfires, but issue has been raised over whether or not the proposed Rural Fire Service will be fully independent.
The Liberal National Government will support all 17 recommendations of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire by Euan Ferguson AFSM, including the implementation of a Rural Fire Service, Premier Colin Barnett said today.