Bushfire Recovery Information



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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.


The Textile Workshops commenced on Friday, 4th August from 10am to 2pm at the Harvey Creative Arts Centre.  If you missed the first one and are interested in being part of this creative arts project, it’s not too late to register.  Textile artist Yvonne Chapman will teach and guide participants in a fun and creative atmosphere to produce a large Mandala that will be displayed in the Recovery and Regrowth Exhibition.

The workshops will be held at Harvey Districts Creative Arts Centre on the corner of Young and Gibbs Streets. The workshops will now be held every Friday for the next 6 weeks and not on Saturdays as was previously planned.

Remember, if you have any scrap material or a sewing machine please brings it along. If you have any questions or would like to register please contact Melissa Howard at the Harvey Bushfire Recovery Centre on 9729 0381.



The Shire of Harvey has set up a Bushfire Recovery Art Project Working Group to develop and oversee a community art project and exhibition which has been proposed as a bushfire recovery activity involving local art groups and the wider community.

We would like to hear from local residents who would have an interest in participating as to the type of art activities they would prefer. Potential workshop ideas include mosaics, sculpture, textiles, painting or drawing.  For more information please contact Maree Ellis 9729 0323 or email mareee@harvey.wa.gov.au.


The Shire of Harvey is seeking feedback from residents on a Bushfire Recovery Art Project based on the themes of Recovery and Regeneration. The project will include a series of FREE Art workshops and will culminate in an exhibition to acknowledge the two year anniversary of the January 2016 Bushfires.

The FREE workshops will be facilitated by skilled artists and will create an opportunity for existing artists and anyone who would like to learn, to come together for some fun and creativity.  We would like to hear from local residents interested in participating as to the type of Art activities they would prefer.

Feedback forms can be downloaded below:

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 Activities and Events

Yarloop Connect Luncheons – The luncheons have changed venue and will now be at the new Yarloop CRC premises, the Yarloop Sports Pavilion, Teasdale Street, every Tuesday at 11.30am. All local residents are welcome, we hope to see you there!

Cookernup Community Morning Tea – The Cookernup Community Association hosts a morning tea every Wednesday from 10am at the Cookernup Hall for local residents to come together for a cuppa.

Farmers’ Breakfast – The next Farmers’ Breakfast will at ‘The Skipworth Wine Company’ Lot 390 Hoffman Road, Yarloop on Friday, 8th September from 7.30am.

Bushfire Recovery Newsletter

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Yarloop Memorial Evening

On Saturday, 7th January 2017, a Yarloop Memorial Evening was held to acknowledge the first Anniversary of the January 2016 Bushfires in Yarloop. Approximately 300 people attended the low key memorial evening to acknowledge the death of local residents Les Taylor and Malcolm Taylor and remember the devastation experienced by the community and the town. A highlight of the evening was the release of 100 white balloons that slowly drifted up into the blue sky to the sounds of “Amazing Grace”.



An important message to primary producers in the Waroona and Harvey Shires

The close off date for financial claims for Primary Producers (Farmers and Foresters) under the WANDRRA program ceased on January 7, 2017. While the requirements to receive funding under this program are very specific we have been successful in assisting a number of Primary Producers receive funding to compensate for:

  • Fencing requirements for boundary fences on gazetted roads.
  • Freight subsidies on cartage of feed and livestock.

There is also potential for claims to provide funding for:

  • Agronomic and technical support.
  • Low cost loans for damage repairs.

It is important that any primary producer who has not yet discussed their eligibility to any parts of the program contact Rural Financial Counsellor Graeme Chopping on 0439 984 543 to have a quick discussion and potential review of your status. There is no cost involved and Rural Financial Counsellors can visit you at your home at a time that suits you.

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.

All applications received have been assessed and forwarded to the City of Perth for sign off by the Fund’s Board prior to distribution of funds.

Rebuilding Fact Sheet

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

Bush Fire Recovery Centre

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

Red Cross Relationships Australia and Child Protection and Family Support are also present during these hours.

Appointments are welcome outside these hours.

For further enquires contact Melissa Howard on 9729 0381.

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.