February 7, 2020

Works underway on $18 million Australian-first Bushfire Centre

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first-ever Bushfire Centre of Excellence facility in Western Australia, which is expected to lead the way for the rest of the world in bushfire management and skills development. The State Government committed $18 million for the facility, which will be a place for career officers, emergency service volunteers, bushfire practitioners,…

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February 7, 2020

New emergency management chief appointed

Queensland Police Service (QPS) Assistant Commissioner, Alistair Dawson, has been appointed Queensland’s new Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM). Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, said after acting in the role for six months, it was clear Mr Dawson was the best person for the job. “With over forty years in emergency management roles, Mr…

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February 7, 2020

$5.5 million for WA communities to mitigate bushfire risks

back burning

Western Australian local governments are set to share in $5.5 million in funding to assist with bushfire risk mitigation activities for future preparedness. The successful local governments, from the north-west to the Great Southern region, will carry out 714 mitigation activities to reduce bushfire risks in their areas. This latest round of funding assistance is…

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February 7, 2020

Independent review announced for SA bushfires

smouldering fire

The State Government has announced an independent review will be conducted into the 2019/20 bushfire season with a focus on both the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek bushfires. The intent of the review, which is to start immediately, is to look into South Australia’s preparedness for dealing with significant bushfire activity and what can be…

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February 7, 2020

Cyber Security Node to drive innovation for the sector

cyber security

The Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node, launched in Launceston on 30 January 2020, has joined five other state and territory nodes created in partnership with the government-backed AustCyber. Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the new node would help drive innovation and economic growth in the cybersecurity sector. “Growing the sector…

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February 7, 2020

Lead contractor chosen for NSW bushfire clean-up

The Federal and State Governments have announced they will share the costs evenly for the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent bushfires in NSW. This follows the successful approach adopted by the Federal and Victorian Governments following the Black Saturday bushfires. The cost of the NSW clean-up is expected to run…

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