The City of Swan has welcomed the recent announcement by the Western Australian Government for an independent inquiry into the devastating Wooroloo bushfire which destroyed 86 homes, and says it will prepare a submission.
To be led by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council, the review will examine the effectiveness of mitigation efforts prior to the bushfire, the bushfire response, fuel management and public communications during the bushfire which started on February 1, 2021.
City of Swan Council Chief Executive Officer, Jeremy Edwards said the inquiry would play a critical role in the community’s recovery process and the City’s future preparedness planning.
“We’ve witnessed community resilience at its best these past few months and our community is moving forward the best they can,” he said.
“The inquiry is another important step in the healing process.”
Mr Edwards said the City of Swan was a key player in the State Government’s emergency management arrangements and the community’s preparedness.
“We hope the key finding and recommendations will help protect lives and properties in the event of another bushfire or emergency situation,” he said.
Mr Edwards has encouraged affected residents, emergency and support personnel, organisations and the general public to share their experience, photos and videos as part of the inquiry.
Submissions can be made online. The closing date for submissions is 24 September, 2021.