January 28, 2020

Telco networks discuss recovery and future resilience plans

Australia’s major telecommunications companies and representatives have met to discuss network resilience during the recent bushfire as well as recovery and resilience efforts going forward. Telstra Chief Executive Andy Penn, Optus Chief Executive Allen Lew, Vodafone Chief Executive Iñaki Berroeta, NBN Chief Executive Stephen Rue and TPG Chief Operating Officer Craig Levy attended the roundtable,…

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January 28, 2020

UQ asked to develop coronavirus vaccine

The University of Queensland has been asked to develop a vaccine for the recent coronavirus outbreak at unprecedented speed, using new rapid response technology. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has requested the University use its recently developed rapid response technology to develop a new vaccine, which could be available worldwide in as little…

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January 28, 2020

Townsville replace and flood proof community pontoons 

A project to replace community pontoons in Townsville is now underway, following the 2019 monsoon responsible for the damage. Townsville City Council has secured $774,711 in joint funding from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair, Les Walker, said the project was in the…

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January 28, 2020

NSW rail restoration underway following fires

Works are underway to bring critical rail infrastructure back online following devastating fires along the Blue Mountains Line between Mount Victoria and Lithgow, with limited passenger and freight train services resuming along the line. NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the bushfires had left a trail of destruction along a 25km…

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January 28, 2020

NSW begins storm recovery efforts 

As NSW begins the clean up after a significant storm cell caused widespread damage that hit on 20 January, the Sutherland Shire Council has launched storm recovery efforts across the southern region of Sydney. All available council and contract resources have been deployed to deliver additional green waste, wood chipping and street sweeping services to…

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January 13, 2020

Recovery measures announced as bushfires continue to rage

As exhausted firefighters continue to battle out of control blazes across the country and communities are left destroyed, the Federal and State Governments have announced a range funding and specialised agencies to aid recovery and future disaster management for fire-ravaged communities. So far this bushfire season, the worst that Australia has endured, thousands of homes…

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January 13, 2020

BoM releases its 2019 Annual Climate Statement

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The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2019 Annual Climate Statement, showing 2019 was both the warmest and driest year on record for Australia. The Annual Climate Statement is the Bureau’s official summary of the previous year and includes information on temperature, rainfall and significant weather. Australia’s average mean temperature in 2019 was 1.52 °C…

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January 13, 2020

Research shows majority of Australians demand climate action

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New research from The Australia Institute has found that two thirds of Australians believe the country is facing a climate emergency and that the Government should mobilise all of society to tackle the issue. The research was conducted in November 2019, before the worst of the current bushfire disaster had hit, but the results still…

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January 13, 2020

2020 vision: Australia needs stricter cybersecurity regulations

cyber security

An expert in cybersecurity says that Australia should look to enforcing stricter regulations to help safeguard the country’s cyber landscape. Dr Suranga Seneviratne, Lecturer in Security at the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney, said that tighter regulation, increasingly sophisticated attacks on key infrastructure and AI-driven cyber warfare will be common trends…

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January 13, 2020

NT undergrounding power project underway

underground power

The Northern Territory Government’s school undergrounding power project is well underway, with works now commencing at a further three Territory primary schools. Following the devastation of Cyclone Marcus in 2018, the Territory Government announced it would recommence the program after it was scrapped by the CLP government in 2012. The three new schools beginning undergrounding…

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