Fifty-one years after a template for fighting dangerous bushfires in WA emerged from the Dwellingup bushfire royal commission, former State MP Larry Graham has called for another one after three summers of devastating blazes that have caused at least $300 million damage.
Giving evidence to a parliamentary inquiry into WA's bushfire preparedness this year, Mr Graham, a resident of bushfire-ravaged Toodyay, claimed the State's biggest fire risk was now the Government.
The claim was a reference to blazes sparked by Western Power electricity assets and last year's Margaret River fire, which destroyed more than 30 homes after a Department of Environment and Conservation controlled burn escaped containment lines.
The inquiry heard from victims of the 2009 Toodyay fire, last year's Roleystone-Kelmscott fire and the Margaret River fire. They said they felt forgotten by the Government because they had not been fully compensated for their loss.
Robyn Lewis said she was selling her family home to help her parents, 90-year-old Harry Fraser and 80-year-old June, to rebuild their Kelmscott home destroyed by fire because their insurance was inadequate to replace the house.She said Kelmscott residents had been denied State Government support offered to victims in Toodyay and Margaret River.