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On Sunday 8 December 2019, seven local Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members were deployed to as part of a South West and Lower South West Task Force to assist with Forrestania fire fighting efforts.
The members, whose home brigades include Cowaramup VBFB, Witchcliffe VBFB, Karridale VBFB, Kudardup VBFB and Wallcliffe VBFB weredeployed with the Kudardup 4.4 and the Cowaramup 4.4 fire truck appliances.
Shire of Augusta Margaret River Community Emergency Service Manager Adam Jasper said taskforce members been working on frontline firefighting duties as well as strengthening containment lines by back burning.
“Thank you to all the brigade members who put up their hands for this deployment and thank you to brigade leadership for helping to put theses crews together at short notice,” he said.
“We offer our best regards to both the taskforce members and the fire-affected community of Forrestania.
“These fires are stark reminder of the risk of fire to our own community and we urge all our local residents to consider what their own fire plans now.
“In the event of fire impacting your property ]consider if you will stay and defend, or if you will evacuate.
“There is a wealth of online resources that can help with making a fire plan.
“I encourage everyone to take just five minutes with their family members or housemates to consider what actions you will take if you are affected by a fire.”
User-friendly fire planning resources are available at https://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat
For more information contact the Shire at 9780 5255 or at email@example.com
It is expected about half of the South West and Lower South West Task Force members will return home tomorrow (Thursday 12 December 2019), with the remaining deployment members to return home by Sunday 15 December.
Local fire chiefs are urging the public to refrain from felling trees across fire access roads after reports of four timbered trees in the past month.
The trees, found across access roads in Redgate, Brookfield, Cowaramup and in the A-Class Reserve in Margaret River, all appear to have been deliberately cut to obstruct the emergency routes.
Shire Community Emergency Services Manager Adam Jasper said the incidents were being treated as serious and had been reported to police.
“While we can’t confirm the trees are being felled by the same person we do suspect the incidents are related given the similar axe cuts and way in which the trees had been felled,” he said.
“In any case, we urge the perpetrators to please stop.
“These access ways are critical for getting vehicles in and out in emergency situations.
“We can’t afford to be coming across deliberately felled trees during a fire incident when vehicle access can mean the difference of saving lives and properties.
“Please think about the potential risk and impact of your actions.”
Mr Jasper said the Shire had now removed the four fallen trees, using resources that could have been deployed elsewhere at this busy time of year.
“This is an unnecessary waste of time and resources just as the Prohibited Burning Period has commenced,” he said.
“If anyone has information about the incidents I urge you to please contact the Shire on 9780 5255.
“Anyone caught felling trees or blocking emergency access ways could be prosecuted.”
With Margaret River’s Main Street upgrade on track to begin in February 2020, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River is launching a joint marketing campaign to support traders through the construction period and inform residents about the changes in store.
The Main Street Makeover campaign has been developed in close consultation with a group of Main Street traders and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MRCCI).
Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown said the campaign’s aims were to help keep the Main Street vibrant during the upgrade and inform locals, visitors and shoppers about the exciting changes in store.
“This campaign is a fun and positive way to build a buzz around the Main Street and draw people in,” explains Ms Addison-Brown.
“We’ve already seen a number of businesses coming up with some brilliant initiatives which they plan to do next year.
“There are a number of exciting features our community can look forward to seeing as part of the upgrade.
“In addition to critical storm water drainage upgrades, the Main Street will have a designated cycle lane and a new Festival Precinct on Fearn Avenue - providing our town with an alfresco event space that can be temporarily closed off to traffic," Ms Addison-Brown said.
MRCCI President and Main Street trader Melissa D’Ath said the Main Street Makeover campaign complemented broader initiatives to support local business.
“The Shire has been working closely with us and is taking a proactive approach to support the business community in the lead up to works kicking off.
“The Main Street Makeover campaign gives us a marketing umbrella to unite under, and collectively come up with ideas to keep people coming into town.
“Some examples we’ve heard are Hard Hat Happy Hours as part of the Main Street Makeover, or a Main Street Makeover Shop Rewards Program, with prizes up for grabs once you collect enough stamps from participating stores,” she said.
Ms D’Ath said the MRCCI was encouraging all businesses to get on board.
“We think the cumulative effect of joining in and supporting this initiative, combined with other events coming to the CBD next year like the South West Street Festival and Emergence Creative Festival will help even out potential impact to trade due to works going on,” she said.
The campaign will be supported with a range of marketing materials including information boards detailing features of the upgrade, parking maps for accommodation providers, temporary parking signage to direct people to peripheral parking spots, staging plan information and additional communications to help smooth any potential disruption.
For up to date information about the project visit mainstreetmakeover.com.au
The community is also invited to join the next ‘Meet with Pete’ session on Tuesday 17 December, 4.30pm at Settlers Tavern where Project Manager Peter Brown can answer any questions about the works in person.
‘Meet with Pete’ sessions will be held monthly throughout the duration of the project. Check mainstreetmakeover.com.au for event dates.
This project is supported by the State Government of Western Australia.
The Prohibited Burning Period in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has been brought forward by several weeks and will now apply from midnight, Sunday 1 December 2019.
This means no fires can be lit in the open air from Monday morning.
Chief Bushfire Control Officer, David Holland said the decision was made based on unfavourable weather forecasts and dry conditions.
“We are seeing a combination of dry soil and fuel loads, together with strong forecast winds and high daytime temperatures.
“All these factors make it prudent for us to prohibit burning as soon as possible, to prevent potential ignition of fires,” he said.
“It’s a precaution to serve against stray embers escaping otherwise contained fires and causing havoc for our firefighters and our community.
“Most community members have been tremendously respectful of the fire restrictions and total fire bans that have been in place in the past.
“Please continue to observe these fire restrictions as we enter the bushfire season,” said Mr Holland.
For more information about fire requirements during the prohibited period please refer to the Firebreak Notice and Bushfire Information 2019-2020 at www.amrshire.wa.gov.au
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is encouraging residents to continue sorting their waste and recycling as usual, despite temporary disruptions caused by a factory fire at Cleanaway Perth Materials Recovery Facility (Perth MRF) on Monday.
Waste Education and Project Officer Jackie Dickson said that the waste team is awaiting further information as to how the Shire’s recycling services will be impacted but urge the community to continue recycling as normal.
“The disruption to recycling is a temporary situation that is being addressed by both the Shire and the contractor Cleanaway, so we encourage residents to continue sorting their waste and recycling as normal.
“Cleanaway provided advice to the Shire that they are in the process of identifying alternate waste processing and disposal arrangements to continue recycling waste from the yellow lid bins,” she said.
In a statement to the Shire, Cleanaway stated their commitment to rebuilding the Perth MRF and provided assurances the process will begin as soon as it is safe to assess the site.
Cleanaway, process comingled recycling materials collected from yellow lid bins across the Shire and other select local government areas in the South West and Perth.
Composting of the Shire’s FOGO (lime green lid bins) is undertaken at a different facility and is unaffected.
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