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Bushfire information 2023

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Coordinated waste clean-up program 

A coordinated clean-up program, funded by the WA Government and managed by the City, is now underway to help people with properties that were impacted by the Mariginiup bushfire.

The program aims to provide assistance for individuals, small businesses, sole traders or primary producers who owned or leased residential or commercial properties that were lost or seriously damaged in the bushfire.

Eligibility for the program will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Planning is underway, however it is likely to take up to six months before clean-up work starts.

For details of the process, see the flyer, also available in Vietnamese.

The City will contact eligible property owners to discuss the process.

If you have questions, please call 9405 5000 and select option 7 or email mariginiuprecovery@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

Bushfire information

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has officially closed the Mariginiup bushfire incident. Any future incidents in the area will be treated as separate incidents.

The City will continue to support those impacted through the recovery phase. 

Please be aware of the continuing risk of peat fires around Jandabup Nature Reserve, Mariginiup Lake, Da Vinci Park and surrounding areas.

Smaller fires are expected to burn in or around these areas for several weeks or months due to the presence of large amounts of peat in the soil. The area is currently cordoned off, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and WA Police are conducting regular patrols.

Please stay away from these areas for your safety and call triple zero (000) immediately if you see smoke or flames. 

Important information about peat fires:

  • Peat is the part of soil made up of organic material from plants and is especially common around wetlands.
  • Peat is highly flammable and soils with peat repel water.
  • A peat fire can burn underground and you may not see it.
  • A peat fire can be challenging to extinguish so sprinklers may be used to slowly soak the soil.
  • A peat fire can restart even if it seems extinguished.

Learn more about peat fire safety.

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Bushfire recovery information

Returning home after a bushfire can be difficult, stressful and sometimes hazardous.

For details of support services available for those impacted, see the Mariginiup bushfire recovery information booklet. This booklet is also available in Vietnamese

To access support or ask questions, please call the City on 9405 5000 and select option 7, or email mariginiuprecovery@wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

The City can connnect those impacted by the Mariginiup bushfire to a number of support services to assist recovery, including:

  • Australian Red Cross: support, information and referrals for any services residents may need.
  • Department of Communities: coordination of emergency relief and support activities.
  • Legal Aid: free assistance to people who need help making insurance claims and dealing with disputes, mortgage stress, financial hardship, debt, employment law problems, housing or tenancy complications and the replacement of important documents.
  • Disaster Relief Australia: debris management and clean up, tree management and safe fencing removal and repair.
  • Salvation Army: physical, emotional, environmental and economic wellbeing support.
  • Wanneroo Business Association: support for local businesses.
  • Anglicare: financial counselling.

Additional resources

Bushfire recovery information is available on the following websites:

Residents who have been impacted by the Mariginiup Fire are encouraged to take photos of damage to assist with insurance.

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