Construction of the first of its kind Bushfire Centre of Excellence (BCoE) is scheduled to start in February 2020. To mark the occasion, the first concept images of the building have been released. The building will consist of an administration wing and a training wing linking off opposite sides of a central foyer to form a boomerang shape. Designed as a public entrance and education space, the foyer will feature an interpretive learning centre, library, shared meeting spaces and reception area. The training wing will include a central breakout and meeting space, three large training rooms and a series of smaller training rooms with capacity to support training in virtual reality and bushfire management systems and software.
The design of the building was developed by a multi-stakeholder design working group including representatives from the local Bindjareb Community, Shire of Murray, volunteer associations and Parks and Wildlife Service. To ensure a fair and equitable process, the construction contract was advertised on the Tenders WA website and has been awarded to Bunbury based company, Perkins. The BCoE team is operating from the Pinjarra Heritage Train Station until the completion of the building, scheduled for December 2020. For more information visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/bushfirecoe