EXCLUSIVE: Almost 200 WA schools still waiting on ember screens ahead of bushfire season

Stock image.
Stock image.

WITH summer just days away, nearly 90 per cent of schools designated as bush fire prone have not had extra preventative measures installed to reduce the risk of a fire spreading inside a school.

In May, WA Education Minister Sue Ellery announced $6.75 million would be invested by the State Government to equip 222 schools with ember screens on evaporative air-conditioners to guard against ember attacks during a bushfire.

The screens were a recommendation of the Keelty report into the Roleystone-Kelmscott fire in 2011 that destroyed 71 homes.

In State Parliament yesterday, Ms Ellery admitted of the 223 school sites identified for the installation of ember screens as part of the 2018–19 program, only 29 sites have had the ember screens installed and 33 sites were in progress.

East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher said the work should have been completed or be close to completion.

“These are important preventative measures and the Minister needs to ensure they are completed as soon as possible and prior to the start of the 2019 school year,” she said.

Ms Ellery said it was anticipated that the 2018–19 ember screen program would be completed by the end of January 2019.

“The list of sites is subject to change as detailed on-site inspection may reveal that no or fewer ember screens are required at a site,” she said.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said it worked closely with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to identify schools that were located in bushfire prone areas.

“DFES updates their register quarterly, so there are now 419 schools in the specified risk areas,” she said.

An above average fire risk remains in place this season for major pockets of WA including the Darling Range, South West and Great Southern, according to the 2018 Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook.

Full list of schools requiring ember screens:

Albany Primary School

Albany Residential College

Albany Secondary Education Support Centre

Albany Senior High School

Allanson Primary School

Arbor Grove Primary School

Aubin Grove Primary School

Augusta Primary School

Australind Primary School – COMPLETED

Australind Senior High School

Baldivis Primary School

Balga Senior High School

Banksia Grove Primary School

Bertram Primary School

Borden Primary School

Boyanup Primary School – COMPLETED

Boyup Brook District High School

Braeside Primary School – COMPLETED

Bremer Bay Primary School – COMPLETED

Brentwood Primary School

Bridgetown Primary School

Bullsbrook Community Kindergarten

Bunbury Senior High School

Burringurrah Remote Community School

Busselton Senior High School

Byford Community Kindergarten

Byford Primary School

Caladenia Primary School

Campbell Primary School

Capel Primary School – COMPLETED

Carnarvon Community College

Carnarvon School of the Air

Carson Street School

Chidlow Community Kindergarten

Churchlands Senior High School

City Beach Residential College

Collie Senior High School

Comet Bay College

Comet Bay Primary School

Como Secondary College

Connolly Primary School

Coodanup College

Coogee Primary School

Coolbinia Primary School

Cowaramup Primary School

Craigie Heights Primary School

Cranbrook Primary School – COMPLETED

Cunderdin District High School

Curtin Primary School

Dalvellup College

Dalyellup Primary School

Dandaragan Primary School – COMPLETED

Darkan Primary School

Davallia Primary School

Dawson Park Primary School

Deanmore Primary School

Denmark Senior High School

Dianella Primary College

Dianella Secondary College

Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre

Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School – COMPLETED

Donnybrook District High School

Duncraig Senior High School

Dunsborough Primary School

East Hamersley Primary School

East Kalgoorlie Primary School – COMPLETED

East Manjimup Primary School

Eaton Community College – COMPLETED

Eaton Primary School

Edgewater Primary School

Endeavour Education Support Centre

Endeavour Primary School

Excelsior Primary School

Fairview Primary School

Falcon Primary School

Flinders Park Primary School

Floreat Park Primary School

Frankland River Primary School

Gairdner Primary School

Geographe Education Support Centre

Geographe Primary School

Gladys Newton School

Glen Forrest Community Kindergarten

Glengarry Primary School

Goollelal Primary School

Gosnells Primary School

Grovelands Primary School

Guildford Primary School

Hampton Park Primary School

Hannans Primary School

Harmony Primary School

Harvey Senior High School

Hocking Primary School

Hollywood Primary School

Honeywood Primary School

Hopetoun Primary School – COMPLETED

Hyden Primary School

Jandakot Primary School

Jerramungup District High School – COMPLETED

John Tonkin College

John Tonkin College Education Support Centre

Jurien Bay District High School – COMPLETED

Kalbarri District High School

Kambalda West District High School – COMPLETED

Kardinya Primary School

Kendenup Primary School – COMPLETED

Kensington Secondary School

Kenwick School

Kingston Primary School – COMPLETED

Kirup Primary School

Kojonup District High School – COMPLETED

Koondoola Primary School

Koorana Education Support Centre

Koorana Primary School

Lake Grace District High School

Lake King Primary School – COMPLETED

Lakeland Senior High School

Landsdale Farm School

Leeman Primary School

Lesmurdie Primary School

Little Grove Primary School

Lower King Community Kindergarten

Lynwood Senior High School

Madeley Primary School

Maida Vale Primary School

Malvern Springs Primary School

Manea Senior College

Manjimup Education Support Centre

Manning Primary School

Margaret River Senior High School – COMPLETED

Marmion Primary School

Meadow Springs Education Support Centre

Meadow Springs Primary School

Meekatharra District High School

Menzies Community School

Merredin Residential College – COMPLETED

Middle Swan Primary School

Mingenew Primary School – COMPLETED

Moora Primary School

Mount Claremont Primary School

Mount Manypeaks Primary School

Mullaloo Beach Primary School

Mullaloo Heights Primary School

Mundijong Primary School

Munglinup Primary School

Nannup District High School

Narrogin Residential College

Newdegate Primary School – COMPLETED

Noranda Primary School

Norseman District High School – COMPLETED

North Albany Senior High School

North Balga Primary School

North Lake Senior Campus

North Mandurah Primary School

Nulsen Primary School

Ocean Road Primary School

Ongerup Primary School – COMPLETED

Parkerville Primary School

Parkfield Primary School – COMPLETED

Pemberton District High School

Picton Primary School – COMPLETED

Pingelly Primary School

Pinjarra Primary School

Port Kennedy Primary School

Poynter Primary School

Queens Park Primary School

Quinns Rocks Primary School

Ravensthorpe District High School – COMPLETED

Redcliffe Primary School

River Valley Primary School – COMPLETED

Riverside Education Support Centre

Riverside Primary School

Rockingham Beach Education Support Centre

Rockingham Beach Primary School

Rockingham Senior High School

Rockingham SHS Education Support Centre

Rossmoyne Senior High School

Salmon Gums Primary School

Samson Primary School

Scaddan Primary School

Seaforth Primary School

Settlers Primary School

Shark Bay School

Shenton College

Shenton College Deaf Education Centre

Sir David Brand School

Sorrento Primary School

South Coogee Primary School

South Stirling Primary School

Southern River College

Spencer Park Education Support Centre

Spencer Park Primary School

Spring Hill Primary School

Spring Road Community Kindergarten

Success Primary School

Swanbourne Primary School

Tambellup Primary School

Tapping Primary School

Wagin District High School – COMPLETED

Walpole Primary School

Warriapendi Primary School

Wattle Grove Primary School

Weld Square Primary School

Wellstead Primary School

Western Australian College Of Agriculture – Denmark

Western Australian College Of Agriculture – Harvey

Western Australian College Of Agriculture – Narrogin

Westfield Park Primary School

Wirrabirra Education Support Centre

Wirrabirra Primary School

Woodbridge Primary School

Woodvale Primary School

Woodvale Secondary College

Yakamia Primary School

Yale Primary School

Yalgoo Primary School

Yule Brook College

Yuna Primary School