DFES revealed its high-tech helicopter

As we approach bushfire season in WA, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has announced a new Dauphine helicopter FIREBIRD 661, to provide a boost to WA’s aerial surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The new helicopter is faster and has a longer rage, with an additional 300 kilometres of deployment range, and will be operational…

Greenough Report Reveals Staff Shortages, Lockdowns Led to Riot

An increasing frequency of lockdowns due to budget cuts and staff shortages have been blamed for the Greenough riots and prison escape, according to a report reviewing what was referred to as the worst mass breakout in WA’s history. Key findings were made public in a report by the State Government on Wednesday, revealed to…

Forum To Be Held In October To Refine Bushfire Mitigation

By Stephanie Acevedo There will be an expanded Bushfire mitigation forum held in early October, after the success of last year’s inaugural Bushfire Mitigation Summit held by the McGowan government. This year’s forum will give stakeholders an open and collegiate environment to discuss how to deploy refined bushfire management in WA. Representatives from across the…

WA Government allocates $7.3 million to combat catastrophic bushfires

The Government will deliver a record $7.3 million in bushfire management funding assistance throughout Western Australia. A $5 million fund will be shared with 17 regional councils and agencies to physically address local bushfire threats. Meanwhile, $3.3 million will be assigned to regional councils in order to carry out 410 bushfire mitigation measures including planned…

Youth Prisons Stable Despite Opposition Claims Budget Cuts Responsible for Greenough Escape

Fran Logan has made assurances that WA’s juvenile prisons are stable, following opposition claims that budget cuts and understaffing caused last week’s mass breakout at Greenough Regional Prison. The Corrective Services minister said youth prisons in WA including Banksia Hill Detention Centre were coping while` the State Government claimed the escape of 10 inmates that…

Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan Apologised To Geraldton Residents

Following the Greenough Prison riot Corrective Services Minister, Fran Logan, apologised to Geraldton residents for the fear and anxiety caused. “I will do everything I possibly can to ensure that those ring leaders and escapees suffer the harshest penalties for what they’ve done,” Mr Logan said. He promised he will do everything possible to implement…

Surf Life Saving WA Gets New Funding For The Next 5 Years

The State Government has devoted 1.38 million a year to fund crucial equipment for Surf Life WA. Secured for the following five years, the funding will cover necessary lifesaving gear used everyday by surf lifesavers to Western Australian beachgoers. This commitment by the State Government will allow for the purchase of jet skis, trailers, rescue…

New graduates and dogs into DCS Drug Detection Unit

The Drug Detection Unit saw three new dogs and their handlers graduate today, after completing a 10 week course to detect contraband, including drugs, as part of a reform to stop drugs getting into WA jails. Ziggy, Ness and Gavin, have been trained to detect a wide range of illegal drugs, and will assist the…

WA Fire Risks Spike As Households Failing To Maintain Smoke Alarms

The State Government is encouraging households to prevent fire risks, with figures showing West Australians failed to maintenance smoke alarms at their properties. The Government says only 50% of properties where accident fires occurred has a working smoke alarm, with 75% West Australians unaware the need of testing and cleaning smoke alarms to ensure they…