More disasters looming – governments ‘play a major role’

The total costs of natural disasters in Australia are forecast to more than double in real terms to $39 billion per year by 2050, according to the latest annual report by the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities. The report, ‘Building Resilience to Natural Disasters in our States and Territories’, was prepared […]

What Australians want from urban planning and design

By Mark Bruzzone* The concept of ‘liveable cities’ has become an increasingly used term when talking about planning and designing urban areas. The desire to tackle challenges such as population growth, climate change, urban sprawl and natural disasters whilst delivering a high quality of sustainable living for Australians has become a key objective of both […]

NSW State Emergency Service dials up BAI for digital radio upgrade

By Julian Bajkowski Radio infrastructure services provider BAI has scored a significant deal with the New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES) to project manage the responder’s communications equipment overhaul for the next five years as frontline workers upgrade from analogue to digital spectrum. The program of works associated with the operational communications upgrade […]

Scholar sent to aid Hurricane Sandy recovery

By Paul Hemsley The University of Sydney (USyd) has sent Honorary Professor in Urban Policy, Edward Blakely, to New York to help its recovery efforts caused by October’s monster storm Hurricane Sandy. Professor Blakely, an American academic working at USyd’s United States Studies Centre, is a seasoned veteran in dealing with disaster recovery efforts after […]

Negotiations underway for extra NDRRA funding

By Angela Dorizas Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has taken up local government’s campaign for additional funding under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). Ms Bligh met with Prime Minister Julia Gillard earlier this week to seek NDRRA funding for the repair and reconstruction of local government’s water, sewerage and transport infrastructure. Ms Bligh told Parliament […]

Premier backs disaster affected councils

By Angela Dorizas Councils affected by recent disasters in Queensland have called on the Commonwealth to allow reconstruction of public infrastructure, such as water and sewerage facilities, to be paid for under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). NDRRA funding is provided to States and Territories to help cover the costs of natural disaster […]

Extra funds for Victoria’s fire-affected communities

By Angela Dorizas Victorian communities affected by the February bushfires will receive an additional $193 million for rebuilding and recovery efforts. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Victorian Premier John Brumby announced the two-year funding package for fire affected communities on a visit to Flowerdale today. The Australian and Victorian Governments will provide a combined $117 […]

WA model considered for national warning system

An early warning alert system developed by the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) will be considered for introduction nationally, according to Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke. The announcement comes after state, territory and Federal Emergency Services ministers met in Canberra recently  and agreed to examine the State Alert system, developed in Western Australian […]

Australia hosts tsunami preparations workshop

By Adam Coleman The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is currently holding (January 19) an intensive two-week international Tsunami workshop in Melbourne to train Indian Ocean scientists for future tsunami events. “This is about saving lives, not just in Australia, but throughout the Indian Ocean,” says Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg […]


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