Shire of Mundaring residents, support personnel and organisations affected by the Wooroloo Bushfire are encouraged to share their experience, following the opening of an independent inquiry into the bushfire.
Led by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council, the independent inquiry will play a critical role in the Shire of Mundaring's recovery process and its future preparedness planning.
Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Throssell, said the Shire welcomed the recent inquiry announcement and encouraged members of the public to share their experience by Friday 8 October.
"The Shire will be making a submission to the independent review team," he said.
"The State Government is inviting the public to make submissions as well. For the first time in Western Australia, video footage and audio recordings are also able to be uploaded as part of a submission.
"Seven months on from the fire, the Shire continues to recognise that we are still in recovery phase of the bushfire. The physical road to recovery may take several years, but the personal journey is unique to each individual."
The inquiry will analyse information gathered during the first stage of the review of the Wooroloo Bushfire and examine bushfire response, fuel management and mitigation activities and communications.
Mr Throssell said that the inquiry was another step towards recovery and healing which may identify areas for future learning.
"Our approach has always been focused on our community," he said. "It is also important for our learnings as a community now and into the future to prevent other devastating fires," he said.
To make a submission online, go to https://www.wa.gov.au/government/independent-review-of-the-2021-wooroloo-bushfire
Postal submissions can be sent to:
The Wooroloo Review Independent Panel
c/o Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Locked Bag 3001
West Perth, WA 6872
The closing date for submissions is Friday 8 October. *Please note this deadline has been extended from Friday 24 September.
The external panel appointed to oversee the inquiry includes the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council, nominated members Steve Yorke AFSM and David Nugent AFSM, and community member Sue Davies.
The Wooroloo Bushfire, which started on 1 February spread rapidly towards the west into the City of Swan local government boundary, and destroyed 86 homes in the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan.