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Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Cabinet Changes Announced

Victor P Taffa

  • Troy Buswell to add emergency services to his portfolio
  • Rob Johnson thanked for his commitment to emergency services

Premier Colin Barnett has today announced minor changes to the Ministry.

Premier Barnett said Rob Johnson would continue as Police and Road Safety Minister, while Troy Buswell would add Emergency Services to his portfolio.

Mr Johnson would also remain Leader of the House in the Legislative Assembly.

“Rob Johnson has overseen one of the biggest changes in the history of fire and emergency services in Western Australia.” the Premier said.

“Following the Perth Hills Bushfire Review, headed by Mick Keelty AO, Mr. Johnson accepted, in principle, all recommendations suggested and oversaw the beginning of comprehensive changes to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA).

“In the past few years, FESA has had record amounts of funding which has seen sweeping changes in terms of the authority’s ability to respond to the more than 6,000 fires and other natural disasters which impact on WA each year.”

“Mr. Johnson has been critical in securing this funding and ensuring it is used to improve our emergency services aerial fleet with water bombers, new helicopters and other aircraft.”

“He will continue to play a key role in helping the State Government deliver on its law and order agenda.”

“In particular, he will focus on delivering on the Government’s commitment to have 100 % of speed camera revenue provided to the Road Trauma Trust Fund by July 2012.”

The Premier said Environment Minister Bill Marmion and Mr. Buswell would work closely together in the area of emergency services, particularly in relation to fires.

Mr. Buswell will retain the Transport and Housing portfolios.

“Troy Buswell has a proven track record as a Minister capable of handling a big workload.” Premier Barnett said.

“I’d like to thank all my Ministers for their hard work and commitment during the year.”

Fact File

  • Rob Johnson held the Emergency Services portfolio since the Liberal-National Government took office in September 2008
  • Key achievements during his time in the role include:
    – the appointment of new FESA CEO Wayne Gregson
    – drafting of legislation to change FESA from an independent statutory authority to a Government department

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