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

Farmers’ Breakfast – The next breakfast will be held in June 2017, starting at 7.30am at a venue to be confirmed.  Join others from the rural community for a delicious breakfast cooked by the Harvey Lions Club.

Monthly Morning Tea – The next Harvey morning tea for residents impacted by the bushfires will be held at the Bushfire Recovery Centre at 1 Becher Street, Harvey on Thursday, 4th May 2017, from 10.00am.

Yarloop Connect – Has a NEW venue, the old Yarloop Anglican Church Hall on the corner of School Road and Railway Parade. The luncheons will continue every Tuesday from 11.30am hosted by Red Cross.

Cookernup Community Morning Tea – The Cookernup Community Association hosts morning tea’s every Wednesday from 10am at the Cookernup Hall for all local residents to come together and enjoy a delicious spread of cakes and a hot cuppa.

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

Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA)

Support measures

The WANDRRA support measures are made available to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers affected by the bushfires in the Peel and South West regions of WA on 6th January 2016.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet has extended the application period for primary producers by a further 6 months to now close on the 6th January 2017.

The support measures are designed to assist in meeting the needs of primary producers whose assets or primary production business has/have been affected by a disaster for which the WANDRRA have been invoked.

Assistance is not provided as compensation for damage/losses sustained, or as a disincentive to self-help by way of commercial insurance and/or other appropriate strategies of disaster mitigation.  Support is offered on a needs basis.

The WANDRRA is administered by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.  The primary producer assistance measures are administered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia in conjunction with Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

Further information specific to primary producers is available at:


How to apply

To apply for support, an application together with suppliers’ invoices, evidence of payment and a tax invoice to Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia should be completed using the Department’s online Grant Management System by 6th January 2017.

For more information please contact:

Rural Business Development Unit

Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia


Freecall 1800 198 231 (8am-5pm Monday to Friday)

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.

Contact Numbers for Agencies

Contact details during the Recovery Process are as follows:

  • For road closure information please refer to Main Roads WA website www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or phone 138 138 or during office hours 9724 5600.
  • For all enquiries regarding local roads, all roads.  If you have any further enquiries please call 9729 0300.
  • Department of Family and Children Support phone 9722 5000.
  • Police (Police Attendance) phone 131 444.
  • Water Corporation numbers can be found in the attached link
  • For information regarding Western Power and the status of restoration please go to the following link or phone 13 13 51.

Insurance Update Yarloop Fires

  • Insurance industry taskforce was formed yesterday, 21 insurers participating.
  • Insurance Industry hotline is active and able to take calls from residents of the region who have questions about cover, claims process etc. 1800 734 621.
  • Insurer claims call entries are working 24/7, an estimated $40 million in claims have been lodged to date.
  • Industry resources, claims vans and ICA field staff are available to move to Recovery centre at Australind when roads are opened.
  • Insurers have assessment teams on standby, ready to move into areas as soon as declared safe.
  • Clean-up costs likely to be high for residents with total loss, industry is standing by to work with government on a government funded/coordianted clean-up, as in previous events.  Insurers have agreed to redirect any ROD funding in a residents policy towards rebuilding costs, additional services etc.
  • To speed up assessment and payment of emergency funds to residents who are insured, a list of lost/damaged property will assist, if available.
  • Any insurance issue, no matter how small, can be immediately dealt with by calling 1800 734 621.