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The Equi-Evac Centre Network initiative identified public equestrian facilities that are suitable as short-term relocation points for horses, and developed guidelines for how this could be managed.


City of ​Mandurah delivers successful AWARE project


20 February 2017


The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides AWARE funding to build emergency management capacity within the community.  


In the 2016-17 round the ​City of Mandurah were successful in their application to deliver the Equi-Evac Centre Network to consider the welfare and management of large animals during emergency events.


Following the Waroona bushfires, the Report of the Special Inquiry recognised the community has an expectation that emergency management arrangements provide for a ‘coordinated approach to the management of animals, livestock and wildlife’ (p 229).  


During this emergency, many public equestrian facilities generously and informally made their grounds available as a relocation point for horses, identifying that management of large animals in emergencies could be integrated into standard incident management procedures.


The Equi-Evac Centre Network was undertaken by the City of Mandurah to assist the Peel and South West horse communities who may be displaced during disasters. It identified public equestrian facilities that are suitable as short-term relocation points for horses, and developed guidelines for how this could be managed. Each facility and respective local government (LG) has now been given a template guideline and sample activation kit for use in an emergency.  


These LGs have also been encouraged to note the procedures in their Local Emergency Management Arrangements, while the public equestrian facilities are encouraged to include the procedures within their Rules and Regulations, ensuring regular review and understanding.


An advantage of the City of Mandurah creating the guidelines and activation kit in template form is that other LGs and public equestrian facilities can access this document, allowing for improved capability throughout the state.  


For more information on this project, contact City of Mandurah Emergency Management team at emergencymanagement@mandurah.wa.gov.au or call 9550 3777.