Construction of the first of its kind Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) began in February 2020. The building will consist of an administration wing and a training wing linking off opposite sides of a central foyer to form a boomerang shape. Designed as a public entrance and education space, the foyer will feature an interpretive learning centre, library, shared meeting spaces and reception area. The training wing will include a central breakout and meeting space, three large training rooms and a series of smaller training rooms with capacity to support training in virtual reality and bushfire management systems and software.
Site Architecture Studio designed the boomerang shaped building working with multi-stakeholder design working group including representatives from the local Bindjareb Community, Shire of Murray, volunteer associations and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. To ensure a fair and equitable process, the construction contract was advertised on the Tenders WA website and has been awarded to Bunbury based company, Perkins. The BCoE team is operating from the Pinjarra Heritage Train Station until the completion of the building, scheduled for December 2020. For more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfirecoe