Rick Wilson commends handling of bush fires

10/2/2015

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson commended the efforts of firefighters and support personnel who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to fight the bushfire in Northcliffe in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Wilson said he visited Pemberton Sports Centre last Thursday, where Northcliffe residents had been evacuated to whilst over 250 firefighters waged a ground battle in the tall timber of the karri forest.

“Several dairies, and many farms, sheds and dwellings as well as the township of Northcliffe were saved from certain devastation as the fire swept through over 80,000 hectares of forest and pasture,” Mr Wilson said.

“I congratulate the tireless work of Incident Controller Greg Mair, and his team from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and FESA, who was near –exhaustion as he briefed me on the situation whilst touring Incident Head Quarters in Pemberton.

“I applaud the coordinated efforts of the emergency services – fire, ambulance, and police-together with support organisations including Telstra, the Department of Agriculture, and representatives from the Departments of Social Services, Health and Education, Western Power and Shire of Manjimup.

“I also commend Manjimup Shire President Wade de Campo and CEO Andrew Campbell for their compassion and leadership in a crisis.”

Last Friday, WA Premier Colin Barnett declared the area a natural disaster, activating the joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) allowing for emergency financial assistance and longer term funding for restoration of lost infrastructure.

“I would also like to thank those unsung heroes, the members of the CWA and community members who have provided food for the firefighters, taken in displaced families and their pets or made donations of hay and animal feed,” he said.

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