New emergency evacuation centre established at Australind

The Department for Child Protection and Family Services has set up a new evacuation centre at Australind due to the bushfire emergency at Harvey.

The new evacuation centre at Australind is located at the Leschenault Leisure Centre,Leisure Road, Australind.  

An emergency centre is still open at Pinjarra for people seeking refuge from the fires at Waroona and surrounding areas.  

The Pinjarra emergency evacuation centre is situated at the Murray Leisure Centre on Camp Road.

Close to 80 people sought shelter at the Harvey evacuation centre this morning before a bushfire emergency was declared for the area at lunchtime.

More than 170 people have been registered at Pinjarra since it was set up early this morning.

The Department’s Director General Emma White said if it is safe and there is time to prepare before leaving home, people should consider bringing essential documents.

They may also have time to pack essential medications, jewellery, photos, clothing, a mobile phone and charger, and an emergency relocation kit.

Residents should have an evacuation plan for their pets, as they cannot be accommodated inside the evacuation centres. However at Pinjarra the Shire of Murray is helping residents with animal welfare.