New framework guides governments on risks

Heatwaves pose the greatest threat to Sydney, followed by storms and bushfires, according to an international benchmark of cities’ capacity to handle shocks and stresses.

Victoria boosts fire fighting resources

Deputy Premier and Minister for Bushfires Response, Peter Ryan, today announced an increase in the number of full time, permanent firefighters. An additional 123 firefighters will be put to work in fuel reduction activities. "We have increased the number of permanent fire-fighting staff throughout the state to ensure important work such as planned burning, slashing […]

Perth Hills bushfire appeal

Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi has launched an appeal to help victims of the Perth Hills bushfires. At least 68 homes in the Roleystone and Kelmscott were destroyed in the fires that started on Sunday. The number is expected to increase as assessment teams move through affected areas. Cr Scaffidi said she was shocked […]

MAV applauds bushfire planning amendments

By Staff Writer   Further planning amendments to support bushfire rebuilding have been welcomed by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). The amendments were introduced by the Planning Minister Justin Madden last week to fast-track rebuilding in Victorian communities devastated by the Black Saturday fires, streamlining the approval process for replacement dwellings. Madden said Victorian Planning […]

Wellbeing Index raises questions about social isolation

By Rob O'Brien   Governments should be looking at how to properly address social isolation through connecting communities, according to the author of the Australian Wellbeing Index. Professor Bob Cummins, of the School of Psychology at Deakin University, said that despite index findings that showed an increased level of satisfaction in Australian communities in the […]

Early warning a ‘national embarassment’

The aftermath of the Victorian bushfires. Image: Getty Images. By Rob O’Brien   Federal and state governments missed several opportunities to install a free early warning system in Victoria prior to the devastating bushfires of February 7, according to a submission to the Victorian State Government’s Royal Commission. In its submission to the Commission the […]

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