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Shire works with residents to create a safer community

Residents in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will have the opportunity to help make their community a safer place to live by contributing to a new strategy...

16 March 2018
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Residents in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will have the opportunity to help make their community a safer place to live by contributing to a new strategy to mitigate potential risks and hazards.

The Shire’s Local Emergency Risk Management Plan identifies and prioritises hazards that pose a risk to public safety. It also details how the Shire, in coordination with emergency services, will act to protect the community in the event of a large scale emergency.

To gauge all perceived hazards in the local area, the Shire is seeking feedback from residents via a short survey available on the Shire’s website. Responses will inform the development of a revised Local Emergency Risk Management Plan and provide important information on the community’s level of emergency preparedness.

For the purpose of the survey, emergencies or risks are defined as any event with potential to severely impact or disrupt the community. This may include natural hazards likely to contribute to bushfires, floods and storms, hazardous materials, or other any perceived threat to public safety.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said the survey was an opportunity for residents and the Shire to work collaboratively to promote public safety.

“The survey helps us better understand what safety risks exist in the community that, if ignored, have the potential to escalate into serious public emergencies,” Cr Rich said.

“It‘s chance for the community and the Shire to work together to identify potential safety risks, and then take action to address those risks.

“It’s incredibly important to take a pre-emptive approach when it comes to public safety, particularly in light of recent events like the Waroona bushfires and storm damage the Shire suffered in 2012.

“We’d like encourage as many people as possible to share their thoughts with us via the online survey. The Shire is committed to responding promptly and appropriately when hazards are identified, and working with all residents to ensure the Shire remains a safe place to live.”

The survey takes only 7-10 minutes and is available online or in hard-copy from the Shire office. Submissions will be taken until 5pm, April 6.

Respondents will go in the draw to win one of five $100 Coles-Myer vouchers (Shire employees, Councillors and relatives are ineligible).