MP wor­ried bush­fire fa­cil­ity could end up based in Perth

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Mar­garet River-based MP Steve Thomas has urged re­gional lo­cal govern­ments to vie for a pro­posed Bush­fire Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence.

Dr Thomas pre­vi­ously flagged con­cerns the head­quar­ters — part of the WA Govern­ment’s pro­posed Ru­ral Fire Di­vi­sion of the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser- vices — could be based in the Perth hills.

“The La­bor Party sig­nalled early its orig­i­nal in­ten­tion to site the project in Dar­ling­ton in the Shire of Mun­dar­ing in Perth, which would have been a mas­sive snub to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” Dr Thomas said.

“It is crit­i­cal that lo­cal govern­ments in the re­gion take part in the process be­cause if the State Govern­ment is left to its own de­vices we may well see the Bush­fire Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence put into the metropoli­tan re­gion.”

The cen­tre and the new divi- sion’s head­quar­ters would prob­a­bly be co-lo­cated.

Next week the Shire of Au­gus­taMar­garet River coun­cil will also de­cide on moves to trans­fer vol­un­teer bri­gades to DFES con­trol as part of up­grades to bush­fire bri­gades op­er­at­ing as vol­un­teer fire and res­cue ser­vices.

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