February 21, 2020

Royal Commission into Black Summer bushfires established

The Federal Government has announced that a national Royal Commission into Australia’s 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires will be established following agreement from the Governor-General David Hurley. The Federal Government has released the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, informed by feedback from states and territories.   Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

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February 21, 2020

Bushfire response praised in independent review

An independent review into the September 2019 fires in Queensland has revealed the state’s preparedness and response were highly effective in saving property.  The review also found Queensland’s response was highly effective in reducing the severity of fires at Stanthorpe, Sarabah and Peregian Springs. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the review undertaken by Queensland’s Inspector-General…

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February 21, 2020

Ports work to protect Australia from coronavirus

Ports around Australia are implementing measures to ensure Australia and its maritime industry do not fall victim to an epidemic of novel coronavirus. While authorities report the threat of the coronavirus to Australian border workers remains low, ports nationwide are putting measures in place to minimise risk. First and foremost, they have released information designed…

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February 21, 2020

Canberra focuses on future resilience

In its mid-year review, the ACT Government has emphasised the need to prepare for future challenges, especially in easing congestion and climate resilience. The 2019-20 ACT Budget Review lays out the ACT Government’s plan for future investment. The review has a strong emphasis on disaster resilience, after the 2019-20 summer demonstrated the critical need to…

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February 21, 2020

Flood-impacted communities receive disaster assistance

Disaster assistance has been made available for flood-impacted communities in North Queensland following recent monsoon conditions and flooding. The disaster assistance is available to the Burke, Croydon, Kowanyama, McKinlay and Mornington councils to help with rebuilding efforts. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Federal Minister for Emergency Management,…

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February 21, 2020

Bushfire prevention device saves lives

A device that assists in bushfire prevention on powerlines has helped to save a life in Maryborough, Queensland, after an excavator came into contact with high voltage lines. Designed to prevent fires when objects such as tree branches fall on lines or when lines hit the ground, the device, known as a Rapid Earth Fault…

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February 21, 2020

Cyber security projects share in $8.5 million funding

17 projects are set to share in $8.5 million of funding from AustCyber in a bid to help strengthen Australia’s cyber security sector. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the second round of AustCyber’s Projects Fund would further strengthen Australia’s cyber security capability. “These projects offer a range of innovative, cyber security…

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February 21, 2020

Council tackles bridge repairs following fire and rain

The Kempsey Shire Council in NSW has continued their ongoing project to repair and rebuild bridges following the 2019 bushfires and recent heavy rainfall. Installation of a temporary bridge at Butlers Bridge on Warbro Brook Road, previously scheduled for March, is now set to be the next bridge repair project for Council. Timber for the…

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February 21, 2020

Businesses share in $27.25 million Coronavirus assistance

Queensland State Government has offered business owners which have been hit hard by the coronavirus a share in more than $27 million in assistance. The initiative is the biggest and richest package of measures offered by any government in Australia. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the economic impact on Queensland’s tourism, agriculture, fishing and education sectors…

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February 10, 2020

NSW drenched by heaviest rainfall in 20 years

NSW has been lashed by heavy rainstorms causing widespread damage and flooding in the greatest deluge the state has seen since 1998. Since Thursday, Sydney’s Observatory Hill has recorded almost 400 millilitre in rainfall, making it the most rainfall over a four-day period for Sydney since the 1990s. Conditions eased overnight on Sunday, leading to…

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