December 16, 2019

Australia’s aerial firefighting receives $11 million boost

Off the back of some of the worst bushfires Australia has ever seen, the Australian Government has announced it will commit $11 million to the country’s aerial firefighting services. The government said this additional funding would see more specialised firefighting aircraft take to the skies to keep Australians safe this summer. “In response to the…

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December 16, 2019

New airport bore supports aerial firefighting

Rural Fire Service aerial activities in the Armidale region will now be able to access water from a newly established bore at Armidale Regional Airport, removing the potential need to source water from town water supplies. The bore came on line this week, as part of test drilling to locate possible aquifers in an around…

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December 16, 2019

Disaster management group participate in solar flare simulation

Townsville’s Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) has taken part in a mock disaster response exercise, simulating a significant solar flare event. The Group and supporting agencies had to navigate their way through a scenario where a massive eruption of plasma and magnetic field from the sun affected communications on earth. Known as a geomagnetic storm,…

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December 16, 2019

New infrastructure funding set to help Queensland rebuild

In the latest round of recovery projects, Far North and Western Queensland roads that were damaged by the February monsoon and floods will be rebuilt to a higher standard, making them safer for the future. The package has been funded under the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government funding arrangements. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency…

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December 16, 2019

RMIT announce cyber resilience centre

RMIT University announced the launch of its Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC), powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new CIC will focus on cloud-based cyber security solutions, enabling students to tackle cyber issues in the real world through innovative cloud computing approaches and emerging technology. Working within the University’s home of entrepreneurship, RMIT…

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December 2, 2019

Court victory for Queensland flood victims

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Victims of Queensland’s 2011 floods recorded an historic victory on 29 November, after a court found that negligence by the operators of the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams exacerbated the disaster. The decision means about 6800 Queenslanders, who banded together in one of Australia’s largest ever class actions, will receive compensation after taking on the State…

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December 2, 2019

BoM Summer Outlook warns of more warm, dry conditions

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The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2019/20 Summer Outlook, showing large parts of the country are likely to see a continuation of the warmer and drier than average conditions. The climate outlook shows a high likelihood of warmer than average days and nights for most of the country, while rainfall is likely to be…

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December 2, 2019

New AI technology enhances early detection of disease outbreaks

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Researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, the data science arm of Australia’s national science agency, and UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute, have developed a new tool that harnesses artificial intelligence and Twitter for the earlier detection of acute disease events, such as thunderstorm asthma. Thunderstorm asthma is the triggering of an asthma attack by environmental conditions directly caused…

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December 2, 2019

City of Darwin staff undertake cyclone resilience training

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The City of Darwin has begun training selected staff in cyclone preparedness to ensure the community can respond proactively in the lead up to, and following, a natural disaster. General Manager Engineering and City Services, Ron Grinsell, said staff had shown tremendous commitment and resilience post Cyclone Marcus in 2018 and that ongoing training was…

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December 2, 2019

New headquarters boost SA’s emergency services response

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A new purpose-built Emergency Services Command Centre will be constructed in Keswick, South Australia, strengthening the State’s emergency situation response abilities. Axiom Properties will develop the new facility within the World Park precinct, creating approximately 185 jobs during the construction phase, with the headquarters to be fully operational before the fire danger season in 2021….

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