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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 785 asked in the Legislative Council on 1 September 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on 1 September 2022

FIRE DANGER RATING SYSTEM

785. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Minister for Emergency Services:

From today, a new fire danger rating system has been introduced to WA with four rating levels—moderate, high, extreme and catastrophic—replacing the previous six, with the Bureau of Meteorology hoping it will deliver more localised and accurate information.

(1) By what date will all fire danger rating system signs across WA be replaced?

(2) What is the total signage replacement budget?

(3) Given this is vital information for local communities, what budget has been specifically allocated towards educating the public on what the four new ratings mean?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Local governments have commenced the removal of signage and we expect the majority of signs will be replaced by the start of the southern fire season, notionally 1 December 2022.

(2) Following the closure of the tender process, an updated total of $500 000 has been allocated to support local governments with signage replacement.

(3) A total of $1.6 million, including the above figure, has been allocated to educate the public about the new Australian Fire Danger Rating System.

The honourable member, like other members, would have got some information from my office yesterday about the changes. I look forward to her copying her colleague Hon Dr Brian Walker in helping educate her constituents about this much-needed change.