Bushfire Recovery Information

Register now for the upcoming Sculpture Workshops commencing on Friday 3rd November at the Yarloop CRC



Please click the following link for an entry form for the Recovery and Regrowth ExhibitionRecovery and Regrowth Exhibition Entry Form

Bush Fire Recovery Centre

The Bush Fire Recovery Centre is located at 1 Becher Street, Harvey and is open from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Appointments are welcome outside these hours.

For further enquiries contact Melissa Howard on 97 290 381 or email recovery@harvey.wa.gov.au




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.

Financial Counselling:

For free assistance with your current financial situation, including advocacy, budget design, debt negotiation and other financial information please contact Cassandra Armstrong at the Bushfire Recovery Centre on 0474 162 867.

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 the Shire of Harvey Recovery Team which can connect you to the right assistance best suited to your situation.

Yarloop Town Development Plan – Public Comment

The draft Yarloop Town Development Plan was presented at a Community Forum in Yarloop on Wednesday, 29th March 2017.Consultants Taylor Burrell Barnett have prepared the plan based on community consultation undertaken by both the State Government and the Shire of Harvey in the aftermath of the January 2016 fire. Information has been consolidated into one key plan which should serve as the blueprint for Yarloop community moving forward and rebuilding.  Comments on the draft plan are welcome and can be received preferably before or at the Yarloop Annual Community Meeting to be held on 11th April 2017. Comments can be received through the Shire of Harvey by email, phone or direct contact.

Bushfire Recovery Newsletter

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Bush Fire Newsletter Volume 19

Bush Fire Newsletter Volume 20

Bush Fire Newsletter Volume 21

Yarloop Working Groups

Nomination Form submissions for these Working Groups closed on Friday, 14th October 2016.

Yarloop Town Development Working Group

This Working Group’s role is to provide advice and guidance on the restoration and rebuilding of community facilities and infrastructure in Yarloop.

Yarloop Bushfire Anniversary Event Working Group

This Working Group’s role is to coordinate, plan and conduct an event to mark the one year anniversary of the January bushfires. This event was held on Saturday, 7th January 2017.

Yarloop Community Workshop Report

The outcomes from the Community Workshop held on Wednesday, 17th August 2016, were presented to residents by Mr Collie on Wednesday, 28th September 2016. The top priorities gathered were to rebuild the Yarloop fire station and Community Centre/CRC. If you would like to view a copy of the ‘Yarloop Community Workshop Report: September 2016’, to see the full details of all comments gathered, please click on the following link or visit the Bushfire Recovery Centre located at 1 Becher Street, Harvey.

Yarloop Community Workshop Report: September 2016

Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund

The closing date for the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund applications was 31st May 2016.

This fund is now closed.

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.