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Premier Mark McGowan meets members of Albany based Volunteer Bushfire Brigades after the catastrophic May bushfires.
Camera IconPremier Mark McGowan meets members of Albany based Volunteer Bushfire Brigades after the catastrophic May bushfires. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Albany has missed out on the State Government’s proposed WA Bushfire Centre of Excellence because it is too isolated, according to local MLA Peter Watson.

The City of Albany’s failed bid for the $18m facility has dealt a blow to its plans to move its administration offices from Yakamia to the CBD.

Premier Mark McGowan revealed today that the bushfire hub would be built in the Shire of Murray.

“I never actually thought we would get it because of where Albany is at,” Mr Watson said.

“We’re right down at the bottom of the State and it’s a state wide facility - that’s just the way it is.”

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Meanwhile Minister for Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan said the decision was the most logical option for the State.

More to come.

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