Cool Down Summer: Bushfire Preparedness online event

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Date(s) - 08/11/2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Who could forget the confronting images of the eastern states fire storm in January?

We all have a role to play in preventing a fire emergency of that magnitude occurring here. And the Shire of Dardanup is taking an innovative approach to helping the community prepare this summer.

A 1.5-hour online webinar on Sunday, November 8 at 3.00pm will feature eye-opening stories from local volunteer bushfire brigade members who flew into the emergency frontline in January and our Shire Chief Bushfire Control Officer plus DFES officers with valuable tips for preparing your property this summer.

Shire staff will provide an overview of projects by Council to mitigate bushfire risk.

The new online format enables community members to conveniently tune in from the comfort of home.

Shire President Mick Bennett will be in attendance, along with Shire Environmental Officer Jackie Nichol who will provide information on fire retardant plants for your garden and DFES District Officer John Carter will provide a seasonal outlook.

The event will be complemented by a new format postcard-style bushfire notice being delivered to letterboxes in coming weeks.

The postcard contains important dates around burn restrictions and includes a magnet for handy fridge display.

The Cool Down Summer online event is free however participants will need to register their interest  via the form below enabling Shire Staff to provide a unique url to access the webinar.


Time (estimated) Segment Presenter Key Messages
3:00 pm Facilitator Erin Hutchins
Coordinator of Rangers & Emergency Management
Introduction to webinar/ house keeping
3:05 pm Welcome Cr Mick Bennett
Shire President
Welcome to Country
3:10 pm Message from the Chief Chris Hynes
Chief Bushfire Control Officer
Shire Fire Prevention Order

Expectations of Rural, small holdings, urban properties


3:25 pm Through a Fire Fighter Eyes Keith Higham
Captain Wellington Mills Brigade
Hear experiences from deployment to 2019 Eastern State Fires ‘Black Summer’
3:35 pm Bushfire Ready Sandra Cheema
DFES Community Preparedness Advisor
Bushfire Preparedness Resources – Tool Kit, Emergency Kits, Emergency WA

Video (TBC)

3.55 pm Shire Mitigation Activity Program Ben Anderson
Bushfire Risk Planning Coordinator
Overview of mitigation works being implemented across the Shire for 2020/21.
3:55 pm Landscaping with Fire Retardant Plants Jackie Nichol
Environmental Officer
How to reduce impacts of bushfire through garden design techniques.

Promote up and coming workshop with Chris Ferreira.

4:15 pm Seasonal Outlook John Carter
DFES District Officer
Seasonal Outlook for 2020/ 2021 Fire Season
4:30 pm Questions Erin Hutchins
Coordinator of Rangers & Emergency Management
Submitted questions read out and answered accordingly.
Signing Off Cr Mick Bennett
Shire President
Wrap up & thank you



Bookings are closed for this event.