Upper Great Southern controls its fire destiny
The Upper Great Southern will have a bigger voice in the Department of Fire and Emergency Service, as the area now has its own standalone region.
Formerly administrated from Albany, DFES’s Upper Great Southern region is now based in Narrogin.
The new region will cover 55,000sqkm, nearly a third of the size of the former combined Great Southern region.
Seventeen local governments fall into the Upper Great Southern region, from Boddington in the west, Corrigin to the north, Kent and West Arthur to the south, and Lake Grace in the east.
From 105 brigades, groups and units, 3300 volunteers will now receive support, advice and administration under the new region.
Upper Great Southern region’s Acting Superintendent, Sven Andersen, says the risks facing the Upper Great Southern are different to coastal areas around Albany.
“The main risks in the Upper Great Southern region would be bushfires,” he said.