IN AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 000
The prohibited burning period commenced on 5 November 2018 and will continue to 13 February 2019. That means, no fires may be lit without the express permission of the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer. The Shire Council has authority to extend this date and you should consult with your local Fire Control Officer or ring the hotline on 9831 0145.
Please consult the 2018/2019 Firebreak Order for more information. If you don’t have a copy of the order, call into the Shire Administration office and collect a copy.
LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS (LEMA)
The Shire of Kojonup’s LEMA document is to ensure the community is prepared to deal with identified emergencies should they arise. It is not the intent of this document to detail the procedures for Hazard Management Agencies (HMA) in dealing with an emergency. These should be detailed in the HMA’s individual plans.
- This document applies to the local government district of the Shire of Kojonup;
- This document covers areas where the Shire of Kojonup provides support to HMAs in the event of an incident;
- This document details the Shire of Kojonup’s capacity to provide resources in support of an emergency, while still maintaining business continuity and the Shire of Kojonup’s responsibilities in relation to recovery management.
These arrangements are to serve as a guideline to be used at the local level. Incidents may arise that require action or assistance from district, state or federal level.
Click here for the Shire’s ‘Local Emergency Management Arrangements’.
LOCAL RECOVERY PLAN
Following the impact of a hazard on a community within the Shire of Kojonup, there may be the need to assist the community recover from the effects of the emergency. This recovery is a coordinated process of supporting the affected community in:
- Reconstruction of the physical infrastructure; and
- Restoration of emotional, social, economic and physical wellbeing.
Its purpose is to assist the community attain a proper level of functioning as soon as possible. Recovery activities will normally commence in conjunction with immediate response activities but may continue for an extended period after response activities have concluded.
Click here for the Shire’s ‘Local Recovery Plan’.
2018/2019 FIRE BREAK INFORMATION
Click here for the Shire’s ‘Firebreak Order 2018/2019 including all the relevant 2018/2019 Bushfire Season dates and contact details.
Please note: Although these dates have been adopted by Council, the restricted burning period may be extended beyond the gazetted date. Always use caution, and for further information please call the Fire Ban number 98310145, to check for extensions to the restricted periods, prior to lighting a fire.
ARE YOU BUSHFIRE READY?
The Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) provides a number of excellent resources to make sure that you have a Bushfire Plan and known what to do in the event of a wildfire. If you do not have a Bushfire Plan already, the Shire of Kojonup highly recommends that you develop one using the following resources:
For further information and resources to assist you, please visit the DFES website – www.dfes.wa.gov.au/firechat
Or stop by the ‘Are You Bushfire Ready?’ website – www.emergency.wa.gov.au/prepare
LOCAL VOLUNTEER BRIGADES – STRUCTURE
Ever wondered how the local brigades in Kojonup work? Click the following link for a 2 page report which explains how it all comes together.
Did you know that there are two different types of Fire Bans? One is imposed by the Shire of Kojonup with the advice of the Chief Bush Fire Control Officer (CBFCO) and local volunteer brigades. It is known as a ‘Harvest & Vehicle Movement Ban’ (HVMB). The other ban is known is a ‘Total Fire Ban’ (TFB) and is imposed by DFES. Either one or both can be active at any time during the bushfire season. You can receive an SMS from the Shire letting you know when a HVMB is active (see below for how to sign up to receive the SMS). For a full explanation in relation to the differences between the bans and what each one means for you when they are active, please read the following fact sheet:
GENERAL BUSHFIRE MESSAGES
A message from the Water Corporation for the Bushfire Season – don’t rely on Scheme Water!: Bushfires and Water Supply
A message from Western Power for the Bushfire Season: Putting Safety First-in-the Bushfire Season
JOIN YOUR LOCAL BRIGADE
Are you interested in volunteering your time by joining a brigade in the Shire of Kojonup? If so, please fill in the BFS Membership Application Form and return to Rob Cowie, Administration/Regulatory Officer at the Shire of Kojonup by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 9831 1566.
SMS NOTIFICATION DURING BUSH FIRE SEASON
If you wish to receive notification via your mobile. Please ring the Shire on 9831 2400 and provide your name, mobile number and brigade area. If you are a business wishing to receive notifications please give your business name.
Please do not rely on this system as the only way of receiving notifications, please call the bush fire ban line on 9831 0145 or alternatively, – click here to check the Shire’s Facebook Page.