August 26, 2019

Noosa blaze threatens homes as horror bushfire season begins

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Queensland has faced an early start to the bushfire season with fires breaking out in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast last week. Flames threatened homes and smoke blanketed cities across the state’s south east as fire services fought to bring the blaze under control. Several residents were forced to flee their homes as fires came…

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August 26, 2019

New fire trucks for Toowoomba region emergency services

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Millmerran and Pittsworth in Queensland’s Toowoomba region have received a major boost with Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Craig Crawford, handing over new fire trucks. Mr Crawford visited Millmerran and Pittsworth to deliver a $540,000 new fire truck to each of their Fire and Rescue Stations. “Our firefighters are responsible for helping their communities in…

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August 26, 2019

Cairns hosts Asia-Pacific disaster preparedness meeting

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More than 70 international search and rescue experts from 19 countries descended on Cairns from 15-16 August to discuss the Asia-Pacific’s disaster preparedness as part of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, said it was the first time the event had been…

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August 26, 2019

Construction underway on Northern Territory bushfire headquarters

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Construction has started on the new $6.6 million Bushfires NT Headquarters in Acacia Hills in the Northern Territory, with works expected to run over a 12 month period. Local company C&R Constructions was awarded the contract last month, which is expected to support more than 30 jobs in the region. C&R Constructions Managing Director, Caleb…

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August 26, 2019

First female Commissioner to lead the ACT Emergency Services Agency

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The ACT Government has appointed the fifth Commissioner for the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) for a five-year term to August 2024. Former Chief Officer of the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES), Georgeina Whelan, was announced as the new commissioner. Prior to her time with the ESA, Ms Whelan led various front line teams and…

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August 9, 2019

Victorian city secures new bushfire safety powerline technology 

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World-leading technology designed to improve the safety of powerlines in high bushfire risk areas has begun to be installed in Bendigo, Victoria, as part of a safety program by electricity distribution company, Powercor. The Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) device operates similar to a large safety switch on the network and is designed to…

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August 9, 2019

Deadline extended for Queensland flood recovery grants

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Applications for Queensland’s Special Disaster Recovery Grants have been extended until November 2019 to allow all eligible applicants more time to access the grants. Small businesses and primary producers impacted by the North and Far North Queensland floods earlier this year have until the end of November to apply for the recovery grants, which are…

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August 9, 2019

Three stage action plan to fix WA bushfire inconsistencies

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The Western Ausrtalian Government has announced a three stage action plan to address inconsistencies across the state’s bushfire frameworks, regulations, standards and mapping. The $1.5 million Action Plan for Bushfire Framework Review 2019 will ensure that bushfire planning and building frameworks remain robust and based on scientific evidence, while also providing better recognition of specific…

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