Local governments finalise submissions for Wooroloo bushfire inquiry

Woorooloo Bushfire Feb 2021 photo: Evan-Collis

The City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring finalised their respective submissions for an independent inquiry into the devastating Wooroloo bushfire, which destroyed 86 homes.

The City of Swan’s submission, endorsed by Council on October 13, contains 28 detailed recommendations while the Shire of Mundaring’s submission, endorsed by Council on October 12, contains 11 detailed recommendations, both aligned with the terms of reference.

The City and Shire considered feedback from impacted residents and communities, the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and relevant staff to prepare their submissions.

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Throssell said the Shire and City had also collaborated on their respective submissions.

“The local government response to the Wooroloo Bushfire was a joint recovery operation from day one,” he said. “We have collaborated at every stage and support the respective submissions.”

City of Swan Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Edwards said the inquiry would play a critical role in the community’s response and recovery process and the City’s future prevention and preparedness planning.

Both Mr Edwards and Mr Throssell acknowledged the impacted communities for their patience, resilience and guidance in the face of this tragedy, and thanked the many federal and state government agencies and not for profit organisations for their ongoing support.

“Our response would not have been possible without the extraordinary collaboration across all these sectors and the goodwill shown by everyone involved,” Mr Edwards said.

Read the City of Swan’s submission and Shire of Mundaring’s submission online

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