Tasmanian police seal NBN deal

By Paul Hemsley The Tasmanian Government has selected iiNet as its preferred internet service provider for the state’s Department of Police and Emergency Management to plug into the National Broadband Network (NBN).   The deal will link the core network between police stations and the state government. The rollout of the NBN across Tasmania has […]

Victorian facility boosts emergency training

By Paul Hemsley Emergency services training in Victoria will be improved from the building of a specialised firefighting training facility. The Victorian Government will fund $109 million for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) training facility in Graigieburn in the City of Hume local government area, providing skills to firefighters and other emergency personnel to face […]

Councils rally to support flood-affected Queensland

With three quarters of Queensland declared a disaster zone, councils and shires across Australia have thrown their support behind the flood recovery effort. In South Australia, the Local Government Association offered to deploy personnel to flood-affected communities in Queensland to repair damaged infrastructure. LGA president Felicity-ann Lewis directly contacted the Local Government Association of Queensland […]

Flood crisis worsens

By Angela Dorizas Communities across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia have suffered from severe flooding, with 45 local government areas declared natural disaster zones. The flood crisis has so far claimed the lives of four people from the Queensland towns of Oxford Downs and Rockhampton, and Parkes in NSW. In Wagga Wagga, […]

Tasmania to hold tsunami forums

By Rob O’Brien Tasmanian communities will hold tsunami forums to raise awareness about emergency management issues. Minister for Police and Emergency Management Jim Cox said tsunami community awareness forums will begin next month on the State’s East Coast. “Recent events in the South Pacific have raised concerns over the possible threat to coastal communities and […]

Simulated tsunami tests response arrangements

By Staff Writer Australia’s emergency management arrangements were yesterday put to the test in a regional tsunami exercise. Led by Indonesia, the Indian Ocean Wave exercise tested the ability of agencies to communicate urgent information including the size, intensity and likely land inundation of a simulated tsunami in the region. The exercise involved emergency services […]


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