Schools in fire zones

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Sarah Brookes

NEARLY 90 per cent of schools des­ig­nated as bush fire-prone have not had ex­tra pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures in­stalled to re­duce the risk of a fire spread­ing in­side a school dur­ing a bush­fire emer­gency.

Among the schools are Como Sec­ondary Col­lege, Kens­ing­ton Sec­ondary School and Red­cliffe Pri­mary School.

In May, WA Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Sue Ellery an­nounced $6.75 mil­lion would be in­vested by the State Gov­ern­ment to equip 222 schools with em­ber screens on evap­o­ra­tive air­con­di­tion­ers to guard against em­ber at­tacks.

The screens were a rec­om­men­da­tion of the Keelty re­port into the Ro­ley­stoneKelm­scott fire in 2011 that de­stroyed 71 homes.

In State Par­lia­ment re­cently, Ms Ellery ad­mit­ted of the 223 school sites iden­ti­fied for the in­stal­la­tion of em­ber screens as part of the 2018–19 pro­gram, only 29 sites have had the em­ber screens in­stalled and 33 sites were in progress.

Ms Ellery said it was an­tic­i­pated the 2018-19 em­ber screen pro­gram would be com­pleted by the end of Jan­uary 2019.

An above-av­er­age fire risk re­mains this sea­son for ma­jor pock­ets of WA in­clud­ing the Dar­ling Range, South West and Great South­ern, ac­cord­ing to the 2018 South­ern Aus­tralia Sea­sonal Bush­fire Out­look.

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