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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December 2, 2019

Cyber security training facility officially opens

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South Australia’s first state-of-the-art, cyber security training centre has officially opened at TAFE SA, providing hands-on training for the next generation of cyber security professionals. The new facility at TAFE SA’s Adelaide City Campus features a red ‘attack’ room and blue ‘defence’ room that provides students with real-life scenarios, simulations and testing opportunities. Certificate IV…

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December 2, 2019

Victorian Resilient Recovery Strategy released

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Victoria’s emergency management sector has released its newly created Resilient Recovery Strategy which aims to build more meaningful community involvement, more effective partnerships and stronger recovery arrangements. The Resilient Recovery Strategy is the culmination of many reviews, inquiries and reports focussing on Victoria’s recovery systems and extensive collaboration between community and recovery practitioners including state…

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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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