26 September 2023

Bushfire review fires up for submissions

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The Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) has announced submissions are now open for its independent review into the Wooroloo Bushfire.

AFAC said people would be able to upload video footage or audio recordings as part of their submissions.

It said an external panel had been appointed to oversee the inquiry comprising AFAC-nominated members, Steve Yorke and David Nugent, and community member, Sue Davies.

Assistant Commissioner Yorke is currently on secondment to the Forestry Corporation NSW from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Mr Nugent is the Director of Fire, Emergency and Enforcement with Parks Victoria.

AFAC said the Wooroloo Bushfire started on 1 February and spread rapidly towards the west through northern parts of the Perth Hills, destroying 86 homes.

It said the fire impacted communities in the City of Swan and the Shire of Mundaring, burning through more than 10,000 hectares.

Minister for Emergency Services, Reece Whitby said the first-hand experiences of residents would form a vital part of the Wooroloo Bushfire review.

“The opening of submissions is an important step forward, not only for the independent inquiry but importantly for residents’ healing,” Mr Whitby said.

“In order to make what could be an emotional process as easy as possible, people will be able to upload video footage or audio recordings as part of their submissions.”

Submissions close on Friday 24 September and can be made at this PS News link.

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