Message from the Lord Mayor, City of Perth
The threat of a major disaster affecting the City of Perth is ever present. Experiences at national and international level have demonstrated the awesome power of nature and the effects of man caused emergencies, accidental or deliberate. All responsible communities should be prepared for these events. These Emergency Management Arrangements have been compiled for the City of Perth & the Botanic Garden & Parks Authority (BGPA) in accordance with this principle.
The City has combined with the Botanic Garden & Parks Authority to form a combined Local Emergency Management Committee (CoP/KP LEMC), established under legislation and charged with the responsibility to ensure that the City & Kings Park Emergency Management arrangements are in place
The procedures and plans detailed herein, apply to all emergency incidents which require a response in support of the appropriate Hazard Management Agency (HMA) or for incidents where the City or BGPA has a prescribed role under the Emergency Management Act 2005.
Staff, particularly Line Managers, are required to be familiar with these procedures and will undertake training in the competencies required for their effective operation. In particular, Staff nominated as part of the Incident Management Group (IMG) will be required not only to train to these procedures but will be required to exercise them on a regular basis.
City of Perth Councillors also have an important role to play during incidents and more particularly during the Recovery Phase. A more active and public role is envisaged as experience has clearly and correctly identified that the Community looks to their Local elected representatives for Leadership and Guidance during Recovery Operations.
These arrangements are available for Public inspection through the City’s website or in hard copy through the City’s Library. I urge all Residents to take the time to read this important document.
The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor
City of Perth
19 June 2009
Message from the Chairman, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Board of Management
The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Bold Park, and takes seriously the threat of major emergencies arising from natural disasters or human activities. The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the City of Perth in preparing for all foreseeable emergency events through these Emergency Management Arrangements and in compliance with the Emergency Management Act 2005.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has an annual visitation in excess of five million people per year. We are proud of our excellent record in risk management and risk mitigation to ensure the highest levels of public safety and security. These Emergency Management Arrangements are supported by the BGPA Board of Management and its Corporate Executive and we actively promote a risk management culture throughout all levels of the organisation.
BGPA staff and key stakeholders (such as lessees’ and representatives of volunteer groups associated with visitor services, in particular the Kings Park Guides) will be made aware of these procedures and trained as appropriate to ensure effective implementation should such a disaster occur or a significant emergency arise. A copy of these arrangements will also be available to relevant staff and key stakeholders through the BGPA intranet.
BGPA also has a Business Continuity Plan in place to address issues that may arise during and after a critical incident, to ensure public and asset safety is enhanced and to re-establish normal operations and services as rapidly and as effectively as possible following an incident.
The preparation of these Emergency Management Arrangements is an important milestone in the risk management process and in meeting our duty of care responsibilities to the community.
Chairman, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority
Board of Management
19 June 2009