Bushfire Recovery Information


Please note that Bushfire Recovery Agency Staff and Services are no longer available from the Bushfire Recovery Centre.

 Free Counselling Services are still available for anyone impacted by the January 2016 Bushfires if still required.  If you would like to be referred to a counselling service, you can ring Anna on 0427 445 594.

 Alternative assistance may be available at your local Community Resource Centre’s;

Harvey CRC Yarloop CRC Brunswick CRC
5 Gibbs Street 21 Teesdale Street Ridley Street
9729 1669



9733 5600


9726 1452


For other Bushfire Recovery related enquiries please contact the Shire of Harvey:

Maree Ellis:            97290323      Or        Melissa Howard:      97290381

If you need further assistance or someone to talk to you can contact the following 24 hour phone services:

Crisis Care:                  1800 199 008

Rural Link:                  1800 552 002

Kids Helpline             1800 551 800

Beyond Blue               1300 224 636


 DC Waroona Yarloop Harvey Recovery Flyer A5 1.3.18

Recovery and Regrowth Art Project and Exhibition

A Recovery and Regrowth Art Exhibition was held from the 5th to the 14th January at the Harvey Recreation & Cultural Centre with more than 550 people visiting the exhibition to view works in textiles, sculpture, mosaics, painting & photography.    The exhibition was the final component of the Recovery & Regrowth Art Project organised by the Shire of Harvey as part of the Bushfire Recovery Program. The dates and theme of the exhibition were chosen to acknowledge the two year anniversary of the 2016 Waroona, Yarloop and Harvey Bushfires.  This exhibition was an outstanding success showcasing 120 works from 65 accomplished and emerging artists and included works made by participants of the Recovery & Regrowth Art workshops held during the year. This very special exhibition was a testament to the talent, resilience and community spirit that exists within the community allowing people to express what is sometimes inexpressible in words.

Everyone viewing the exhibition had the opportunity to vote for their favourite art piece.  The Recovery and Regrowth Working Group then judged three additional categories.  The winners of these awards are:

People’s choice award:

Yvonne Longville for her piece titled “The Journey”.

Judges awards:

Art Workshop Participant: Ruth Morley for “Stand Together”.

Youth Award 12 -18 years: Brock McMiles for “Moving Along”.

Primary age up to and including 11 years: Cooper Ross for “Christmas Tree”.

The Awards were presented by Shire President Tania Jackson at an afternoon tea held on the 17th January 2018 at the Harvey Bush fire Recovery Centre.

The Shire of Harvey would like to thank everyone involved especially the volunteers who assisted during the exhibition, members of the Recovery and Regrowth Working group for their hard work and dedication to the project, members of the Harvey Art Society and the Harvey Districts Arts and Craft Group and the staff and management of the Harvey Recreation & Cultural Centre.

Proudly Supported by: Alcoa; CAN Catalyst Community Arts Fund; Lotterywest and the Shire of Harvey




The following counselling services are available to residents impacted by the January 2016 bushfires, including:

Personal Counselling:

For free personal counselling referrals for you, your partner, your children or other family members please contact:

Anna Huxtable on 0427 445 594.

Rural Financial Counselling:

For free business financial advice that includes; debt negotiation, assistance schemes and help in finding solutions to help you regain control over please call Graeme Chopping 0439 984 543 or Chris Puckridge 0429 987 762.


People who have experienced a disaster, such as a bushfire, will go through times when they find things difficult or challenging. While it is normal for people to experience a range of emotions during recovery, for some people the distress persists well after the traumatic event.

There are signs to look for in yourself and in others to indicate that what you are experiencing may be beyond a normal reaction. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following symptoms at any time, professional assistance may be beneficial.

These symptoms include:

  • Distress that feels extreme or interferes with your ability to participate in day-to-day activities.
  • Feeling overwhelming fear for no obvious reason.
  • Panic symptoms (increased heart rate, breathlessness, shakiness, dizziness).
  • Avoiding things that bring back memories of what has happened.
  • Excessive feelings of guilt about what was or wasn’t said or done.
  • Loss of hope or interest in the future.
  • Thoughts of self-harm.

Experiencing such feelings and emotions are not a sign of weakness. It’s important to understand the benefits of professional assistance. If you or someone you know would like to talk to a Counsellor, please contact Anna on 0427 445 594.

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Rebuilding Fact Sheet

To access information regarding rebuilding, planning and environmental health issues in Yarloop and surrounding areas, please click on the following link.

State Recovery Team

To contact the for the State Recovery Team is as follows:

State Clean-up Contacts
Phone: (08) 6552 5335 or 0439 109 389
Email: firecleanup@dpc.wa.gov.au
Address: PO Box 634, Harvey WA 6220

Bush Fire Effected Properties – Health Information

For information regarding Asbestos and Rain Water please find brochures below. For further information please call the Shire of Harvey Health Department.