The following Question Without Notice (QWN) was asked in the Upper House of Parliament this afternoon by Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC and answered by the Minister representing the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC.
FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES — BUSHFIRE CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
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 Bushfire Centre of Excellence, both of which are to be co-located, according to comments the minister made on ABC radio at the time of the announcement and the interview conducted this morning on radio ABC South West and Great Southern with the state secretary of the United Firefighters Union, Lea Anderson.
(1) Why did Ms Anderson announce that the proposed site of the new Bushfire Centre of Excellence is to be in Darlington, which is in the Shire of Mundaring and in the state electorate of Darling Range?
(2) Is Ms Anderson now a spokesperson for the minister or has she simply confirmed a poorly kept secret?
(3) Will the minister now confirm the proposed location of the proposed Bushfire Centre of Excellence and the rural fire division?
(4) Will the government be making its own official announcement of the location and will this announcement be made during the Darling Range by-election?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
The Minister for Emergency Services advises the following.
(1)–(4) The minister has requested the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to develop a business case and project definition plan for the Bushfire Centre of Excellence, including options for its location. Once complete, this will be taken to cabinet for consideration.
Several members interjected.