Ravensthorpe Shire president Keith Dunlop launches at West Australian Premier Colin Barnett

Ravensthorpe Shire  CEO Ian Fitzgerald and president Keith Dunlop
Ravensthorpe Shire CEO Ian Fitzgerald and president Keith Dunlop

Ravensthorpe Shire president Keith Dunlop has launched at West Australian Premier Colin Barnett for neglecting the region hit hard by deadly floodwaters. 

While Mr Dunlop welcomed the disaster declaration, which will open up avenues for government funding to assist the community to recover, he questioned why the premier failed to include the suffering area in his recent tour of the state. 

He said the community were “very disappointed” the premier, who was in Albany on February 12-13, couldn’t make the time to visit the region and witness the devastation first-hand.

Following his visit to Albany, Mr Barnett visited properties affected by the floods in the Swan Valley on Monday afternoon.  

“The shire had received invaluable assistance from Department of Fire and Emergency Services, State Emergency Service, WA Police, Main Rods WA, and our neighbouring shires but the Premier chose not to visit and instead made the disaster declaration announcement in Perth,” he said. 

“Meanwhile his state colleagues Dave Grills MLC, Graham Jacobs MLA and our federal member Rick Wilson have all personally called offering their support and assistance.

“We are now in recovery mode but it is going to be a long, slow and expensive exercise which will stretch our limited resources to almost breaking point and we will be looking for support and assistance for our community from the Premier.”