Bushfire Recovery Information



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.


The Shire of Harvey in conjunction with the Peel Harvey Catchment Council and the Shire of Waroona have been successful in securing further funding to assist rural land owners recover from the effects of the Yarloop Fire. An information flyer is available to view below:

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.

Harvey Morning Tea – The next Harvey morning tea will be on Thursday, 3th August at 10am for local residents to enjoy delicious food and good company.

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 Art Project Working Group

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

Nominations for this Working Group closed on Friday, 17th March 2017.

For further information please contact Patrick Quinlivan on (08) 9729 0319.

Stories from the Fireground

In September 2016 the Shire of Harvey commissioned the production of a book containing the stories from community members who were impacted by the January 2016 Bushfires. Over 90 submissions have been received from people describing their experience and these include stories, poems, photos and drawings.

Editor Ross Le Cras is currently in the process of going through all of the stories and doing some light editing. They are then being sent back to the contributors for approval.

The Shire of Harvey is anticipating that the book will be completed by the end of March 2017, although the volume of stories received may result in a slight extension to the estimated completion date.

The submission period is now closed.  For further information contact Maree Ellis on (08) 9729 0323, email mareee@harvey.wa.gov.au or by appointment at the Shire of Harvey.

Funding for this project has been provided by Lotterywest, the Alcoa Sustainability Fund and the Minderoo Foundation.

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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.