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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 918 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Dr Steve Thomas

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

BUSHFIRE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE — LOCATION

918. Hon Dr STEVE THOMAS to the minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services:

I refer to the minister's announcement on 13 April of a Rural Fire Division within the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the development of a co-located Bushfire Centre of Excellence, and the so-called tender document released online in September 2018 that effectively calls for expressions of interest from local governments in having the Bushfire Centre of Excellence in their jurisdiction as reported in The Great Southern Weekender of 27 September this year.

(1) What media statements were issued by the government announcing the opening of this tender and when were they issued?

(2) What media statements were issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services announcing the opening of this tender and when were they issued?

(3) How did the government advertise this tender?

(4) Noting that the closing date of the tender is 24 October, has the government attempted to minimise the distribution of this document in an attempt to reduce the applications from rural and regional areas of Western Australia?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises the following.

(1)–(2) No media statements were released to signal the opening of the request for proposal process. All eligible local governments were directly advised via the WA Local Government Association. Additionally, advertisements were placed in The West Australian of 29 September 2018 and 3 October 2018.

(3) The request for proposal is not a formal tender process; it is a preliminary process to gauge interest in hosting the new Bushfire Centre of Excellence. DFES is calling for proposals from local governments to ensure that a fair and equitable process is followed, given the overwhelming interest in the first-of-its-kind centre.

(4) No.