October 21, 2019

New Commissioner announced for Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has welcomed the appointment of Queensland’s new Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner. Ms Palaszczuk welcomed the current Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Officer of Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne, Gregory Leach, to the role. Mr Leach is an emergency services stalwart with 32 years’ experience, including 12 years as a…

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October 21, 2019

New research finds longer fire seasons linked to climate change

New research from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has found that human-induced climate change is the most likely driver behind Australia’s earlier and longer fire seasons. CFA Manager Research and Development, Sarah Harris, and BoM scientist, Chris Lucas, co-wrote Understanding the variability of Australian fire weather between 1973 and…

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October 21, 2019

Flood mitigation works completed in Yarrawonga

Critical flood mitigation works in the Yarrawonga Catchment area in the Northern Territory have been completed as part of the Territory Government’s flood mitigation measures. Upgraded works include the enhancement of the Yarrawonga Road drainage and installation of new culverts under Wallaby Holtze Road – overall reducing the risk and impact of flooding events in…

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October 21, 2019

ALGA tell Senate inquiry to prioritise disaster mitigation, not recovery

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has told a Senate inquiry that new legislation to create a natural disasters emergency response fund ought to focus on mitigation measures rather than solely focus on recovery efforts. The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee is examining the Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019 and Emergency Response Fund (Consequential…

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October 21, 2019

Emergency agencies prepare for summer with evacuation exercise

Victoria’s emergency management sector has begun preparations for the summer season by taking part in a bushfire evacuation exercise in Powelltown. As part of summer preparations, Victoria Police, emergency management agencies and the residents of Powelltown, Three Bridges and Gilderoy are preparing to take part in a bushfire evacuation exercise on Saturday, 26 October. Emergency…

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October 4, 2019

Cyber security incident shuts down health services

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The information technology systems at a number of hospitals and health services in Gippsland and south-west Victoria have been impacted by a cyber security incident. The cyber incident, which was uncovered on Monday September 30, blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management. Emergency surgery and emergency departments were not…

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October 4, 2019

Ausgrid completes summer bushfire safety preparations

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New South Wales energy distributor, Ausgrid, has completed a safety program to ensure its electricity network is prepared for the upcoming bushfire season. Chief Operating Officer, Trevor Armstrong, said the program included more than 190,000 air and ground inspections. “Safety is our number one priority and these inspections are a key part of our annual…

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October 4, 2019

Canberra commits to grow cyber security sector

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The ACT Government is boosting Canberra’s cyber security capability and competitiveness through the Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node. Cyber security is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and ACT Government has committed to creating local jobs and economic opportunities in the industry for the state. The government will work with industry, schools and researchers…

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October 4, 2019

Resilient awards recognise Ergon Energy community project

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Queensland energy provider Ergon Energy has been recognised in the 2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards for its resilient communities project. The awards acknowledged eight organisations for projects that have helped Queensland communities better prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. Energy Queensland won the Business Award for its Building Resilient Queensland Communities project through…

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