In response to the current bushfires Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) advises there are several evacuation venues available for those affected and needing to house their racing animals.
There are currently bushfire emergency warnings for the areas of The Vines, Bailup, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Millendon, Walyunga National Park, Upper Swan, Aveley, Avon Valley National Park, Red Hill, Belhus, Baskerville, Herne Hill, Bullsbrook, Wooroloo, Brigadoon and in the Shires of Mundaring, Chittering and Northam and the City of Swan.
Evacuation venues available for these areas include:
|Evacuation Venue||Animal Type||Total Capacity||Capacity Left||Contact Number||Contact person|
|Belmont Race Course||Thoroughbred/Standard||120||120||0421 817 886||Chris Nation|
|Lark Hill||Thoroughbred/Standard||120||120||0432 830 290||Greg Horne|
|Northam Harness||Thoroughbred/Standard||130||130||0400 030349||Hayley Moore|
|Cannington||Greyhounds||120||120||0428 115 208||Dudley Corbett|
|Byford Harness||Thoroughbred/Standard||120||120||0413 076 137||Tim Beaver|
|Private Stables (Byford)||Thoroughbred/Standard||6 to 8||6 to 8||0456 662 279||Kerry Hanks|
|Northam Thoroughbreds||Thoroughbred/Standard||100||100||0417 186 547||Nicole Bell|
|Off The Track Estate||Thoroughbred/Standard||30||30||0434 307 798||Peter Dowdell|
|Private Stables (Wanneroo)||Thoroughbred/Standard||12||12||0456 662 279||Kerry Hanks|
We remind industry participants to ensure preparations are in place to protect the welfare of our thoroughbreds, standardbreds and greyhounds in the event of a bushfire crisis.
Participants can refer to the WA Racing Industry Bushfire Emergency Information Kit, outlining key contacts and resources to assist in the event of a bushfire crisis, as well as information for planning and returning to your property if you are required to evacuate. You can refer to the kit here.
It is important to be prepared well before any fire risk to ensure the safety of both people and our animals, and to have a plan of action for how you will keep your horses and greyhounds safe during a bushfire.
You can keep informed and monitor current bushfire emergency warnings at https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/.