New Bill first step in biodiversity conservation

Download here: Dec 2 2015 Walpole Weekly (PDF 4MB)

In this issue:

  • Conservation Council WA and WA Forrest Alliance comment on Biodiverstiy Conservation Bill introduced to Parliament.
  • Telstra exchange fault leaves locals and the Weekly without internet access.
  • Looking back with Molly
  • Community Input sought on a new ‘uniquely Walpole’ look for the Weekly
  • Fun run and social photos of the week



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


  • 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, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, or news bulletins.