Fears held for firefighters at Bellevue chemical fire

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts at the Bellevue site.
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts at the Bellevue site.

MIDLAND MLA Michelle Roberts said the WA Labor Party had only just come to office when the fire at the waste plant happened.

“The current government has only just decided to clean up the final part of the site now, so why have they not done anything until this time?” she said.

“Because they are desperate to sell off assets; they have a state debt of $35 billion debt and this is how they can help to reduce that.”

Ms Roberts said the site would be good for some form of light industry because it was close to Roe Highway and the Midland central business district.

“It is a strategic location for somewhere so close to all these sites and there is 17ha, so it is a big parcel of land,” she said.

Ms Roberts said the volunteer firefighters who fought the grass fire without protective breathing and clothing apparatus were not as protected as the career firefighters.

“This is still an issue in WA and the legislation needs to be changed to give them full occupational health and safety conditions as any fire fighter,” she said.

“No one has registered with the Health Department as getting sick at this stage but we don’t know what the future holds for these firefighters, who were as young as 16 at the time.”

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