Jail for one-punch

A MAN who punched another man off a balcony at a party in Denmark last year will spend the next 12 months in prison after he was sentenced in the Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday.

Justin Victor Godden pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm for attacking the owner of the property hosting his cousin’s 21st birthday celebrations on November 11.

Magistrate Raelene Johnston described the case as “a gravely serious matter” and said there was a need to send a strong message of deterrence to both Mr Godden and the community.

“One-punch type incidents are too prevalent in the community,” she said.

“This does warrant an immediate term of imprisonment.”

At a hearing earlier this month, Prosecuting Sergeant Alan Dean said Mr Godden had struck the victim in the face with “such force” it caused him to fall backwards off of a 1.5 metre high balcony onto a half cut wine barrel.

He said the victim sustained three fractures to his lower vertebra, a sore hip and was unable to return to work until December as a result of his injuries.

Mr Godden had been on bail for a similar offence he committed in August at the time of the assault.

Ms Johnston said while she accepted Mr Godden had been “clearly intoxicated” during the incident at the party, there was no justification for his actions.

A sullen faced Mr Godden offered he had acted like an “idiot.”

“Not just an idiot … when you drink, you’ve proven yourself to be a danger,” Ms Johnston responded.

“The fact you were on bail for a very similar offence is aggravating.”

Mr Godden’s lawyer, Siobhan Nims, said since the incident occurred her client had been responding well to treatment at the Palmerston Association and had given up alcohol entirely.

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Coffee shop saga stirs up council

EFFORTS made by councillor Alison Goode to reconsider a controversial commercial lease for a coffee kiosk in the Albany Tourism and Information Hub were slammed by Council on Tuesday night with the motion voted down two to nine.

In August last year, barista Chris Saurin won the rat race to be named the preferred operator for the 14.25spm space (‘Coffee shop booked in’, 30 August 2018).

However during the November council meeting, Cr Rebecca Stephens, Cr Emma Doughty, Cr Bill Hollingworth, Cr Tracy Sleeman, Cr Robert Sutton and Deputy Mayor Greg Stocks voted to sink the proposal (‘Coffee shop canned’, 29 November 2018).

In the effort to bring the proposal back to the drawing board Cr Goode, who was notably absent to promote her motion, moved to reconsider the lease and request the proposal process for expressions of interest to be called again.

Mr Saurin fronted Council during question time to plead his case to have his proposed kiosk, Booked, reconsidered.

“There is still a considerable amount of interest in the kiosk,” he said.

“Many libraries across the state have coffee kiosks inside of them.

“Local operators that have claimed they will suffer a loss if the kiosk is approved, this has not been proven. They’ve clutched those numbers from the sky.

“The City of Albany is not paying for the fit out, I am.

“It’s a small space. You can’t swing a cat in there. It’s smaller than a disabled toilet.”

Mr Saurin also condemned cafe operators for being closed over the Easter long weekend and praised the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) for rescinding comments made in a submission to Council (‘Coffee shop quiz’, 15 November 2019).

“You can’t have customers if you’re closed,” he said.

Owner-operator of the Albany Sandwich Bar Stephanie Metcalf, whose business is directly located opposite the proposed site, spoke against the lease.

“Businesses are closing left, right and centre,” she pleaded.

“Do you want more unemployment? My five employees will lose their jobs, I’ve put my life savings into this business and my super.

“We’re facing the possibility that we will lose everything.

“This will be a kick in the guts for us.”

Owner operator of Poppies the Corner Store Jacqueline Daniel also spoke against the motion.

“We were open every day over Easter,” she said.

“This proposal will create an unfair playing field.

“I cannot draw a wage but I’m still paying yours in rates.

“Please don’t destroy mine, or other businesses.”

Councillors Paul Terry and Ray Hammond spoke in favor of opening discussions again on the lease.

“With the redevelopment of the Alison Hartman Gardens, a coffee kiosk would probably be the best use for the area,” Cr Terry said.

“We really need to look at this again.

“It’s not going into competition with other places. Businesses that think they are at risk with a kiosk opening, if you ran well you wouldn’t have an issue.”

Cr Stocks spoke against the motion and slammed the ACCI for not appearing at the council meeting after allegedly rescinding their comments made against the kiosk last year.

“The absence of the ACCI is pathetic,” he said.

“How can we have an industry council make comments like that six months ago and be absent tonight?

“They’re limp, lost and hapless.

“Good luck petitioning me for help in the future.”

Mayor Dennis Wellington, Cr Stephens, Cr Stocks, Cr Sutton, Cr Doughty, Cr Moir, Cr Hollingworth, Cr Sandie Smith and Cr John Shanhun voted against the motion.

Cr Terry and Cr Hammond voted for the motion.

Cr Doughty’s motion to take no further action on the lease until November 2019 following the completion of the gardens and a report compiled by the CEO on options for the site was supported nine to two with Cr Stocks and Cr Hollingworth against.

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FOGO bins get nod

ALBANY residents will need to be more conscious of how their rubbish is separated from January after Council voted unanimously to implement the new Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) waste management practice on Tuesday night.

Before the official vote, Albany Bali Style Accommodation owner/operator Terry Hodgkinson pleaded with council to vote against implementing the new service stating it wasn’t a good option for businesses.

“You’re using Bunbury as a model who have been doing this for years,” he said.

“I don’t know if you’re trying to reinvent the wheel, but the studies you have done don’t include commercial operations.

“Am I supposed to start sorting through the rubbish after each guest and picking out the used condoms, sanitary items and needles?”

Councillors Paul Terry and Anthony Moir moved the motion and supported the implementation.

“The community of Albany should be proud,” Cr Moir said.

Cr Terry said approximately 95 per cent of Spencer Park residents had supported the FOGO trial earlier in the year and thanked everyone for their support.

Albany residents will need to separate their food and garden organics into their green bins from next year to be collected fortnightly and weekly from December to February.

Council also voted unanimously to receive $250,000 from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and to contribute a further $250,000 to go the Albany Artificial Surf Reef Planning and Feasibility Grant.

Deputy Mayor Greg Stocks said it had been “a bit like pulling teeth” getting the project off the ground.

“We need to bank the check and get on with it,” he said.

Council also voted in support of the City of Albany and Albany Cemetery Board to enter a 50/50 funding agreement to start works on the Albany Memorial Park Cemetery on Middleton Road.

Both parties will contribute $29,203 to improve the appearance of the park.

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No faith in plans

THE Shire of Denmark has refused an application by the Denmark Baptist Community to build a church citing issues such as the development size, suggested usage and potential impacts on nearby landowners.

The Baptist Union of Western Australia has owned Lot 166 at 987 South Coast Highway for around 30 years and lodged an application to build ‘a place of public worship, community purposes and consulting rooms’ at the site with Shire Planning Services on January 1.

The motion to refuse the development approval was carried six to three by Shire councillors at their recent council meeting.

Church Pastor Graeme Ritchie said they had been renting the St John Ambulance Hall on Price Street for the past two decades and were in need of a new site to carry out church activities.

“Renting restricts the sort of things we would like to do within the community because we don’t have our own facilities,” he said.

According to the application, the building would be around 560 square metres in size, reach a maximum height of 6.3 metres and include an assembly hall with seating for 180 people and support facilities such as toilets, a kitchen and counselling rooms.

Shire Chief Executive Officer Bill Parker said the building’s size was one of a number of reasons behind the rejection verdict.

“Council was further concerned that there would be unreasonable impacts on surrounding landowners,” he said.

Eight submissions received during a 42-day public consultation process conducted by Planning Services also objected to the proposal for various reasons, with some calling the scale of the development excessive for a local Baptist congregation of around 40 people.

“It doesn’t matter how big the congregation is now,” Mr Ritchie said.

“You’re looking at a town that’s going to grow and grow over the next 25 years or more [with] more people moving into the area.

“We have a shortage of aged care activities and facilities in the area, so we’re looking at things like that.”

Mr Ritchie said the Baptist Church’s building committee had enlisted the aid of an acoustic engineer during the design process and suggested the facility could be used for other activities, including concerts.

Lot 166 is located in a residential zone about 600 metres east of the town centre and down the road from the Shire office.

According to Mr Parker, developments intended for “community use” are not permitted in a residential area without Council approval.

“Its proposed usage [is] not fitting with the residential nature of the neighbourhood,” he said.

Architect Martin Beeck worked with the Church to design the space and said he didn’t recall the residential area issue being raised during consultations with Shire staff.

Mr Ritchie took issue with several other reasons for refusal listed in the council resolution following this month’s meeting.

He said there was some confusion about reason four for the rejection that stated ‘the provision of consulting rooms detracts from the primacy of the CBD for service provision’.

“The term consulting room has given a wrong impression,” he said.

“All of a sudden at the council meeting we heard we were going to be letting out rooms to doctors, lawyers, dentists and all that.

“We were left gobsmacked about that … we’re not going to do anything along that line.”

Mr Ritchie said the extra rooms could instead be used for things like seminars about budgeting, family planning, and life after divorce.

Mr Parker said in this case the term ‘consulting room’ referred to a building used by legally qualified medical practitioners or persons associated with “the prevention, investigation or treatment of physical or mental ailments”.

“Pastor Ritchie’s comments around consulting rooms will be an item for discussion with a view to providing more clarity around the proposed use,” he said.

Mr Ritchie said he intended to meet with the Council to find some resolution before considering approaching the State Administrative Tribunal for review.

Mr Parker said the Shire planned “to meet with the proponent next week with the aim of collaborating and discussing a mutually acceptable position”.

 

 

 

Architect: Martin Beeck

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Market celebrates birthday

THE humble town hall of Kendenup has gone from unused and vacated to a bustling marketplace and Taste Great Southern event point in less than a year, and to say the townspeople are proud of the feat would be an understatement.

Kendenup Town Hall Markets committee member Alice Stephenson explained the market was born from a ‘Save the Hall’ meeting held in April last year.

A selection of the Kendenup community came together and agreed their town hall needed to be used more than once a year for a school function.

Ms Stephenson feared the hall would be neglected and unattractive for future funding if it continued to be so rarely used.

“It’s a really important part of town because there’s not much here – if you’re not involved with sport or bridge or the church, there’s nothing,” she said.

“So, we thought, if we didn’t save it, we’d lose it.”

A dozen stallholders got together and held the very first Kendenup Town Hall Markets in June last year.

It has since doubled in size and seen the likes of Fremantle’s Bread in Common owner and head chef Scott Brannigan wander through the stalls.

“We weren’t expecting a chef!” Ms Stephenson laughed, reflecting on when she alerted Taste Great Southern of their April market this year.

“But it went down really well.”

Plantagenet Shire President Chris Pavlovich commended the Kendenup community on joining forces to breathe life into the town hall once more.

“The markets have certainly created a good sense of community and an optimism for Kendenup’s future,” he said.

“People attending the markets are supporting the local shop and the markets have created an opportunity for local small businesses to market their goods.

“This initiative to bring people to mix and socialise is a positive attribute lost in many urban areas.”

Mr Pavlovich believed that with events such as the markets and a large number of affordable properties in the area, the Kendenup population “should rise expediently over the next decade”.

The next Kendenup Town Hall Markets will be held on June 8 from 9am to 1pm.

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‘Victory’ for Racewars

RACEWARS organisers have said they are not out of the woods yet despite Albany councillors voting unanimously to accept an event report and business proposal for their 2020 event on Tuesday night.

Last week Racewars organisers revealed the fate of their grassroots motorsport event hinged on receiving third party financial support after being forced to close on day two of their event after the tragic fatal crash of 26-year-old Brody Ford (‘Racewars fate unknown’, 23 May).

During public question time McKail resident Gregory Johnson was the sole person to stand before Council to speak on the item despite a Facebook event showing an abundance of supporters willing show their support at the meeting.

“I do wish to see Albany made to be the home of motorsport but CAMS have made their position on Racewars very clear,” he said.

“The City of Albany has an abundance of people wanting safe and sustainable motorsport.

“But Racewars has cast a shadow of doubt over the safety of motorsport. The event should be put on hold until the coronial investigation is done.”

Before Council voted on whether to accept the proposal Deputy Mayor Greg Stocks made an amendment to the motion to request the CEO to investigate the potential risk exposure in approving future motorsport events.

“When you read the report from Racewars it’s clear that they would have had more than 10,000 people attend,” he said.

“The fact that it didn’t happen has put Racewars into a strenuous position.

“Not to make light of that Sunday’s tragedy, but I think we need to be treading carefully.”

Mayor Dennis Wellington was forced to cut Cr Stocks off mid-stream to admonish a member of the public gallery who was filming the discussion.

The amateur videographer in question shrugged his shoulders, lowered his phone and sat down.

Cr Stocks referenced recent media coverage of Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) CEO Eugene Arocca coming out against Racewars.

“The event is clearly not sanctioned by CAMS but the current CEO has not contacted myself in regards to sanctioning or even visited the venue,” he said.

“There was a CAMS sanctioned 1000 metre event at the Temora Airport.

“CAMS are spreading information that is not necessarily correct and we need to have all of the facts at our fingertips to make a decision.”

Cr Emma Doughty also spoke in support of Racewars stating she had visited past events and was a passenger participant during the latest event.

“Irrespective of the conflict between CAMS and Racewars, that should not come into play with our decision,” she said.

“I’ m an adrenaline junky and anyone who jumps into a car knows the risks.

“Peter Brock passed away at a CAMS sanctioned event.”

All present council members voted to support the motion.

Despite the good news, Racewars event director Jon Murray said in a statement over the weekend that they could not commit to a 2020 event yet until Council votes to either agree to their proposal or not.

“As part of this motion we have raised our need for assistance both now and into the future to ensure we can remain both socially and economically viable,” he said.

“We aren’t asking to be simply “gifted” the funds to clear our debts.

“That’s improper and lacks commercial merit. We are asking for sensible commercial negotiations with the City and other parties that can help us achieve a long term, sustainable and mutually beneficial outcome for all.”

Mr Murray praised the decision made by Council.

“This was a victory for the grassroots, a victory for everyone with a passion for car culture and a resounding show of support for WA’s grassroots motorsport community,” he said.

“Motorsport shouldn’t be about politics, it should be about the joy of pursuing our passion.

“Now we can refocus on that, we should all refocus on that. We’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve got lots to do but this is a massive step in the right direction.”

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Flu shot in short supply

ALBANY pharmacies and medical centres are unsure whether additional shipments of influenza vaccinations will arrive anytime soon after more than 180 people were turned away or placed on waiting lists due to a shortage in the area.

This comes as Australia faces what some health experts have called the highest demand for flu vaccines seen in years.

While government-provided stocks reserved for at-risk people through the free National Immunisation Program (NIP) have been unaffected, many stocks supplied by private manufacturers and distributors are currently depleted.

Pharmacies such as Amcal+ Pharmacy Albany, Alliance Pharmacy Dog Rock and Albany Plaza Discount Drug Store expect to receive additional supply “sometime in June”.

Other pharmacies in the area have been unable to confirm whether more stock will arrive for this flu season.

Priceline Pharmacy Spencer Park pharmacist and proprietor Jane McLean said while some vaccines had been placed aside for those who had already booked appointments, the general batch had run out.

“It’s not that there wasn’t the supply or that the companies have made less, they’ve made more incrementally on last year,” she said.

“It’s just already all been used up.

“Hopefully we’ve got what’s called herd immunity in town, meaning that there’s enough people that have been vaccinated from the stock that we’ve already had to not be able to pass it around too much.”

General practitioner at Aberdeen Medical Centre Dr Toby Leach said the centre had run out of private stocks and couldn’t get any more from their supplier or from pharmacies.

“Our practice and probably every practice in town has still got supplies of the free government ones,” he said.

“They have to be reserved for those people who are at increased risk of dying from the flu.”

According to the Federal Department of Health, the NIP covers all people aged 65 years and older, pregnant women, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people six months and over and those people six months and older with certain medical risk factors.

Dr Leach said the vaccine shortage was nationwide and resulted from a bad and early flu season and corresponding increase in demand for flu vaccines.

“There have been multiple deaths around Australia already due to the strains of flu going around this year, so people are responding and very wisely wanting to get themselves immunised,” he said.

Western Australia’s flu season generally peaks around August and September and people are encouraged to get their shots in May to account for that.

Data from the WA Department of Health’s statewide notifiable diseases weekly report showed 3013 cases of influenza had been reported this year in the week leading up to May 20.

This compared to 1151 WA cases in that same period last year and 624 cases in 2017.

The four weeks prior to May 20 also saw a total of 43 influenza cases reported in the Great Southern compared to only four cases during that period in 2018.

“It’s certainly been the highest demand season in my experience in recent years,” Dr Leach said, of the vaccines.

“I’ve spoken to a pharmacist today; I think they said they had 200 people on their waiting list who want to get a flu vaccine but they’re not yet available.

“It’s going to be a situation where demand continues to exceed supply.”

According to Dr Leach, vaccines are tailor-made each year to respond to newly mutated strains of influenza.

Virus strain A/H3N2, otherwise known as the Switzerland strain after the place in which it was first isolated, has accounted for the majority of cases in WA.

A spokesperson for the Federal Department of Health said the number of notifications this year has been greater week on week compared to previous years.

Recent figures from the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System show there had been just under 62,000 notifications and 139 influenza-related deaths nationwide by May 27, compared to about 14,000 notifications and 35 deaths in the same period in 2018.

According to the spokesperson, this does not mean the flu is more severe.

“There is no indication of the potential severity of the 2019 season at this time,” they said.

“The current case fatality rate … is consistent with previous years, considering the high number of cases in January to May.”

Ms McLean said it was unsure whether the early onset of flu season meant it was going to peter out soon or whether there was going be a higher peak than normal in August or September.

“Tell people not to panic; hopefully there is herd immunity,” she said.

“If people get [flu symptoms] they should get a mask on and get themselves either to the doctor or the hospital to be treated for that.”

Typical flu symptoms in adults can include a sudden onset of fever, headaches, sore throat, a runny nose, a cough, fatigue, general aches and pains, and nose, throat and lung congestion.

“If you’re eligible for a free government shot you should go and make an appointment with the GP and have it as soon as possible,” Dr Leach said.

Anyone seeking health advice can contact the 24-hour Health Direct helpline on 1800 022 222.

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Directory designs

ALBANY Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Benita Cattalini has floated the idea of adding a paperless business directory to their services in the future.

Out of the 36 listed regional chambers of commerce and industry, only Broome offers a phone app service for their business directory which Ms Cattalini said would be exciting to incorporate into the ACCI tool belt.

“There are heaps of people that love the paper directory but there are also people that would rather advertise online,” she said.

“The paper directory is like the bible of Albany and one of our biggest income drawcards.

“What we need to look at though is what is the best way to promote businesses in Albany.”

Ms Cattalini said having an online directory would put them in direct competition with Google.

“However having an app would be different,” she said.

“Maybe we need to talk to Albany Gateway to see how they did it? It’s all about targeting the market and supporting our members.”

Ms Cattalini said one of the reasons the ACCI board was slowly exploring options to expand the directory was to cater for tourists and new residents.

“It’s all well and good to have a ‘Buy Local’ sticker on your car, but what about knowing where to buy local?” she said.

“You don’t want to be just driving around aimlessly trying to find local produce when you’re from out of town.

“Having an app where it labels which businesses are locally owned is perfect. And you never delete an app.”

Ms Cattalini said the Chamber was still in the early stages of researching their options but was enthusiastic in starting to “build an online relationship” and remain current.

“Really we’re at the very beginning with it,” she said.

“We need to research it and then put it to our members to see what they think.

“We’re looking at the best way to promote business and our members are the best way to develop those tools.”

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SES left out in cold

VOLUNTEER State Emergency Service units in the Great Southern will continue to perform searches and rescues without protective cold climate gear, despite years of ongoing efforts to secure funding for such equipment.

SES representatives have made regular appeals for assistance from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and have been left frustrated by what they see as a lack of action.

Former Manager of the Albany SES Unit Ron Panting first brought up the issue with DFES about seven years ago.

“We just seem to run into a brick wall,” Mr Panting said.

“Every time I went [to the regional office] I used to bring it up.

“It was only a matter of time before you were going to put volunteers out there and something was going to happen.”

Mr Panting’s concerns eventually became a reality, with numerous close calls occurring during search and rescue operations in the years since the issue was first raised.

One operation on Bluff Knoll about four years ago resulted in a police officer trapped on the mountain in cold conditions.

“The police lowered one of the policemen down and then the helicopter couldn’t get him out,” Mr Panting recalled.

“He was left stuck down there with the person that was lost, absolutely freezing and they were there overnight.

“A couple of years ago we had [another] search up there and the vollies were coming back purple … it was that cold.”

Mr Panting put together a cost estimate for the gear SES volunteers were asking for and determined the total cost for a cold weather jacket, pants, socks and mountaineering boots package would be around $600.

“A vollie’s life is worth every bit of that because they give up their time, they don’t get paid, they’re up there doing the searches in the freezing cold,” he said.

State Emergency Service Volunteer Association (SESVA) President Gordon Hall said Great Southern SES units had been requesting assistance for “10 or 15 years” and that recent pushes to regional DFES chief superintendents in the past 18 months had made “no progress whatsoever.”

He said clothing volunteers currently utilise cannot withstand the conditions that may arise on Bluff Knoll or in the Stirling Ranges.

“Straightaway it can be affecting the rescuer, let alone the person to be rescued,” he said.

“It would not be an efficient or safe rescue if they haven’t got the appropriate cold climate equipment.”

SESVA Secretary Lin Booth said at least four appeals in the last three months had also turned up empty.

“My comments around DFES are one year is the fast decision, five years is an average, most take longer,” he said.

“I’m the secretary and I’ve had gutsful of DFES and how they progress things.”

According to DFES Assistant Commissioner of Country Operations Graham Swift, the Department is currently exploring the operational requirement for cold climate equipment for Great Southern SES units.

“In this case, cold climate equipment refers to tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment,” he said.

“The health, welfare and safety of our volunteers is paramount and we’re currently working through with WA Police, as the Hazard Management Agency for search, the requirement for volunteers to participate in searches during adverse conditions.”

Mr Swift said DFES recently supplied wet weather gear to SES units across Western Australia and was consulting other emergency management agencies about their use of cold climate clothing.

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the Department valued the work done by SES volunteers and that “it’s important they have the right equipment and clothing that is appropriate and suited to the task”.

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Burn-off warning

ONE year on from the maelstrom of bushfires that ripped through more than 20,000 hectares of land across the City of Albany, City officials have reminded residents to remain vigilant while conducting private burn-offs.

Between May 23 and 26 last year, more than 50 blazes burned through Torndirrup National Park, Stirling Range National Park, Redmond, Napier, Goode Beach, Peaceful Bay and Elleker as a result of escaped prescribed and private burns.

One house was completely destroyed in Napier, holiday retreat Nutkin Lodge in Peaceful Bay suffered significant damage and hundreds of hectares of farmland were ruined across the region.

More than 50 heavy duty firefighting appliances were called upon from across the state to help the firefighting effort.

City Manager for Ranger and Emergency Services Tony Ward told The Weekender this week that the pain from the firestorm was still being felt.

“Last year we experienced the perfect storm of conditions and saw how quickly it escalated and became very dangerous,” he said.

“Our community and particularly those affected by the fires have shown significant resilience but, as with any fire event of this magnitude, it leaves a lasting impact and the residents and environment in affected areas are still recovering.

“Recent experience shows we need to remain constantly vigilant at any time of the year.”

Mr Ward added that being prepared for bushfires is a shared responsibility and while the City is “always” taking steps to keep the community safe, it needs “a whole- of-community effort and we need landowners to own their share of the responsibility too”.

The City’s prohibited fire period was extended to May 14 this year due to the dry autumn conditions the region had experienced.

A spokesperson from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said prescribed burns are currently planned for the Redmond, Gull Rock, Stirling Range and Fitzgerald River areas.

They said the circumstances of the Stirling Range bushfire highlighted the need to “notify and engage with a broader group of stakeholders beyond the neighbours immediately adjacent to planned burns”.

“Prescribed burning is essential to reduce fuel loads and minimise the impact of devastating bushfires on the community,” the spokesperson said.

“The spring and autumn months allow a short window of opportunity to safely undertake prescribed burning.

“With the dynamic nature of weather, fuels and terrain, there is always an inherent risk in undertaking burns.

“DBCA will continue to work closely with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and local authorities to ensure that planned burning is undertaken with minimal risk and coordinated between the agencies with responsibility for fire management.”

 

 

Photo: Lata Photography

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