Readi­ness ex­er­cise

Kwinana Courier - - News -

THE City of Rockingham hosted an emer­gency man­age­ment Lo­cal Re­cov­ery ex­er­cise along­side the cities of Kwinana and Man­durah.

All three cities had the chance to col­lab­o­rate and test their ca­pa­bil­ity in the face of a po­ten­tial dis­as­ter.

Held in part­ner­ship with West Aus­tralian Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, the dis­as­ter sce­nario was based on a cy­clone that had trav­elled down the WA coast­line and made land­fall over the south metropoli­tan area.

As part of the sce­nario, ma­jor bush­fires had also oc­curred dur­ing the freak weather event, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the level and na­ture of dam­age to the com­mu­nity.

Rockingham Mayor Barry Sam­mels praised the cities for their ef­forts in the ex­er­cise and said his City would be ready and will­ing to as­sist its neigh­bours should the need ever arise in real life.

“The ex­er­cise was fo­cused on the ‘post re­sponse’ pe­riod, where each of the lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas had suf­fered cat­a­strophic dam­age,” he said.

“Each lo­cal govern­ment ac­ti­vated and tested their plans to sup­port emer­gency af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

“There was a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on mu­tual co-op­er­a­tion be­tween neigh­bour­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments.”

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and Man­durah Mayor Rhys Wil­liams at­tended the ex­er­cise along with their re­spec­tive chief ex­ec­u­tives Joanne Ab­biss and Mark New­man, and City of Rockingham act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Jeans.

The devel­op­ment and fa­cil­i­ta­tion of the ex­er­cise was funded through the All West Aus­tralians Re­spond­ing to Emer­gen­cies Grants Pro­gram.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Rockingham, Man­durah and Kwinana coun­cils tak­ing part in the emer­gency man­age­ment ex­er­cise.

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