November 18, 2019

Bushfires continue to devastate NSW and QLD

As raging bushfires continue to devastate Queensland and New South Wales, fire crews are struggling to fight the blazes, with rainfall providing no relief and the Rural Fire Service warning conditions could worsen. Fires across Queensland are still raging with crews fighting an uphill battle against the crisis. Despite rainfall predicted for Sunday, conditions instead…

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November 18, 2019

More drought support for rural communities and farmers

Rural communities and drought-hit farmers are set to receive a cash injection to keep businesses open, keep locals in work and boost rural economies as the drought continues to impact regions. The Prime Minister said the Government’s next step of measures to combat the drought’s impact was ready to flow. “We are stepping up our…

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November 18, 2019

Customers urged to prepare for upcoming summer storm season

As the summer storm season approaches for Western Sydney and surrounding areas, Endeavour Energy is encouraging customers to take some simple steps to prepare their properties and keep their families safe. Every year between November and February, customers across Western Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast are hit by lightning and…

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November 18, 2019

SA Power prepare for long, dry bushfire season

SA Power has taken a number of steps to help keep the network running safely during bushfire season. Each year SA Power make a big investment in its network in preparation for bushfire season and to reduce the potential for bushfires starting, including: Clearing trees and vegetation away from power assets Aerial and ground patrols…

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November 18, 2019

Tsunami near-miss in Broome prompts reminder of warning signs and response

November 5 every year marks World Tsunami Awareness Day, and experts from the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre took the opportunity to remind those living near coastal areas to recognise the natural warning signs for tsunami and to know how to respond. The ever-present risk of a destructive tsunami impacting Australia was highlighted on 14…

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November 1, 2019

Flood mitigation works underway in South Lismore

Works are now underway on a NSW Government-funded $8.2 million Flood Mitigation Project in South Lismore. Mayor Isaac Smith said the project will help reduce the devastating effects of flooding in Lismore region and help protect the local community. “As we saw in the 2017 flood, the levee alone will not keep floodwaters out of…

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November 1, 2019

New disaster coordination centre opens in Artherton

Communities in Far North Queensland will be even more resilient and better prepared for disasters with the official opening of a new Community Education and Disaster Coordination Centre for the Tablelands region. In Atherton to officially open the centre, Local Government Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the region’s residents were now better prepared for emergencies. “Communities…

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November 1, 2019

Further funding for Queensland road resilience works

A further $15.7 million in funding has been made available to help rebuild and improve Central Queensland roads which were damaged by floods in early 2019. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the funding for priority projects was part of the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s $134.5 million Infrastructure Package. “This…

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November 1, 2019

Grants offered for climate change reduction projects

NSW communities now have the chance to apply for grants to support projects that reduce climate change impacts such as heatwaves, bushfires and floods. The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) community grants program is providing $600,000 in the first round of grants. Grants between $10,000 and $30,000 are available for individual projects. Community groups…

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November 1, 2019

The building blocks for resilient cities

Resilience has been a buzz word in the infrastructure industry for quite a while now. But what do we actually mean when we talk about resilient cities? We spoke to Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer at City of Melbourne, about why cities need to have a resilience focus, and the benefits that flow when this…

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