Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance 

A bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING has been issued for people Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.

  • You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.
  • Homes in Salmon Gums and Grass Patch are under threat by fire now.
  • The fire started north of Cascade and is now burning on both sides of the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, between Scaddan and Salmon Gums.


  • The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.
  • It is out of control and unpredictable.
  • Flames are up to 2 metres high.
  • Firefighters are expecting westerly winds.
  • This means the fire may move in an easterly direction.


  • If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.
  • Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.
  • If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.
  • If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.
  • If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.


  • People in Salmon Gums are being relocated to Norseman or Esperance.
  • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has also set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Esperance Civic Centre on Council Place, Esperance.

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Coolgardie-Esperance Highway, north of the Gibson townsite.
  • Merivale Road, east of Fisheries Road.


A community meeting will be held today at 10am at the Esperance Civic Centre.


The Department of Education has advised that the following schools will be closed tomorrow:

  • Scaddan Primary School
  • Grass Patch Primary School
  • Salmon Gums Primary School

For further details visit www.det.wa.edu.au/emergency.


  • Volunteer Bush Fire Service firefighters are on the scene.
  • Firefighters are working to assist people relocate from the area.
  • Aerial support is enroute to the incident.


  • The fire was reported at 7am on Sunday 15 November and currently approximately 300,000 hectares have been burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is lightning.
  • DFES managing the fire.


Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, or news bulletins.

Pioneer Park dump pump grump

The October 21, 2015 Walpole Weekly is out. In this issue:

  • The Shire of Manjimup has fixed a RV dump problem in Pioneer Park that saw an overflow of raw sewage;
  • The results of Saturday’s Denmark and Manjimup council elections are in;
  • Multiple perspectives on a land search situation that took place in bush around Walpole last week;

And more … Download the October 21, 2015 Walpole Weekly (PDF 5 MB).


Boronia Ridge landowner fined $200K plus costs for illegal clearing

Local environment activist Jess Beckerling called the Weekly office yesterday afternoon (after today’s Oct 14 edition of the newspaper had gone to print) to tell us of this news.

Soon after the Shire of Manjimup released the following media release:

October 13, 2015: A magistrate has today [Tuesday, Oct 13] ruled that a penalty of $200,000, plus costs, be paid by Walpole landowner Sunland Pty Ltd for an act of unauthorised clearing works.  The ruling is in favour of the Shire of Manjimup.  This landmark case resulted when the Council voted to commence legal proceedings against the company, for direct contravention of clearing provisions established within the Shire of Manjimup Local Planning Scheme No. 4.

Continue reading Boronia Ridge landowner fined $200K plus costs for illegal clearing

Rick Wilson: A conservative ‘L’/’l’ liberal

The October 14, 2015 Walpole Weekly is out. In this issue:

  • Part two of the Weekly‘s two-part interview with Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson;
  • There’s something smelly in Walpole and Ivan Gardner, Penny Bird, and Ian Tarbotton are unhappy about it;
  • The Walpole, Nornalup & Districts Community Development Group have endorsed Rick Wilson’s local priorities (as revealed in part one of the Weekly‘s two-part interview);
  • Local recreational fisher Jim Love saved a hungry albatross;
  • Walpole Primary School students inspired the Phytofighter dieback cleaning station reveals Gary Muir;
  • Former Walpole Weekly editor Mike Murphy has published a novel, some of which was written in Walpole;

And much more. Download the October 14, 2015 Walpole Weekly (PDF 4 MB).



Coalmine Beach Boat Ramp to remain open

Contrary to what was advertised in the October 7, 2015 Walpole Weekly, the Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPaW) wish to advise that the works in the vicinity of the Coalmine Beach Boat Ramp, October 12-16, have been postponed until further notice.

Please note the boat ramp and lower car park will remain open over this period of time

DPaW apologises for any inconvenience.

If you require further information please contact DPaW on 9840 0400.

Local priorities according to Rick Wilson

The October 7, 2015 Walpole Weekly is out now. In this issue:

  • The first installment of a two-part email interview with Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP. Mr Wilson talks about his background and the priority issues for Walpole & Districts;
  • Kate O’Brien speaks up for the Walpole & Nornalup inlets;
  • Local St John Ambulance volunteer Dennis Hall clarifies confusion around a September 13 ‘000’ call out;
  • Bernie Clark is bestowed Life Membership of Walpole Volunteer Marine Rescue;
  • Walpole celebrates 85 years;
  • Thomas Gerner wins Walpole’s first 3D Art Awards;

And more. Download the October 7, 2015 Walpole Weekly (PDF 5 MB).October-7-2015-cover