Waroona fires: natural disaster expected to be declared

A NATURAL disaster protocol for the Waroona bush fire is expected to be triggered by the Premier according to Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper. 

Despite losing the historical townsite of Yarloop Mr Cowper said it’s hard to compare the fire to others but it was not the worst the region had seen.

“We don’t know the exact damage to the town as yet but I've heard motels, more than 50 houses and the Old Mill have been obliterated,” he said.

 “It’s not pleasant and not a pretty picture I can paint of the current situation."

Mr Cowper said the fire destruction wasn’t over yet with a major threat still in place for the townsite of Harvey.

He said major concerns were also in place for Preston Beach, Myalup, Cookernup and and Binningup.

“Some good news is I’ve heard the Yarloop school is still there,” Mr Cowper said.

“We will do everything we can to support our people when this is over." 

Mr Cowper said the current fire was already one of the worst catastrophes on record for his electorate, rivalling the 1961 fire that destroyed Dwellingup.