Commissioner’s foreword

This past year we have faced some of the most destructive emergency events seen in Western Australia. The Wooroloo bushfire in February and the crossing of Tropical Cyclone Seroja in April, both significantly complex emergency management events, presented additional challenges arising from the COVID 19 pandemic.

I am proud of our preparation and response that showed our capability in protecting and supporting our community before, during and after an emergency.

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Headshot of the Commissioner

Wooroloo Bushfire

Sadly, for many West Australians 2021 was a year they won’t forget. The Wooroloo Bushfire caused extensive damage to residential properties within the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring in February 2021. Across the local government areas over 10,000 hectares were burnt and 86 properties were destroyed, with many more damaged by the fire. The bushfire had a devastating impact on the community.

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The Wooroloo bushfire threatened homes and lives

Tropical Cyclone Seroja

It has been almost 50 years since we have seen anything like it. On 11 April 2021 Tropical Cyclone Seroja (Seroja) crossed the coast just south of Kalbarri, bringing damaging wind gusts of up to 170km/hr and heavy rainfall. Making landfall at 8pm, Seroja was declared a Level 3 incident following initial reports of extensive damage including a widespread loss of power and telecommunications.

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Local SES team repairing the roof of one of the many houses damaged from Seroja