Supported by the Commonwealth, the Resilient Australia Awards recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation, making our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. State Winners are considered for the National Awards which were announced in Melbourne on 17 November 2016.
The LGA developed a framework and training programs to enable Councils to safely assist emergency services’ response to local emergency incidents. Joint Operating Guidelines agreed between local government and the SA Country Fire Service and supporting training ensure that roles and responsibilities are understood prior to a bushfire event.
Subsequently, the program is being expanded to develop council capability to assist the SA State Emergency Service with extreme weather events and the SA Metropolitan Fire Service managing the escape of hazardous materials. More than 2,000 council staff have participated in this program to date.
Following the 2014 Eden Valley and Hutton Vale bushfires, the BIGG commenced a multi-pronged strategy to help producers proactively manage their individual and community recovery. Significant initiatives included investigations into techniques to optimise native pasture and livestock recovery, sharing community learnings and case studies and a booklet of key lessons learned.
Following the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfire, the Adelaide Hills Council established a Community Leaders project to support the development of long term resilience through community engagement. The project supported a vast array of community events to share experiences, lessons learned and to acknowledge and celebrate place making and other tangible reminders of community recovery.
Through this project, 22 Aboriginal communities across SA including the APY lands now have Australian Standard property addresses mapped and uploaded on national and public databases.
This allows residents easy access registration, licensing, banking, Centrelink and other services, and faster emergency service response.
For further enquiries please email or phone 8463 4147.
SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission
GPO Box 2706
Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: 08 8463 4147
Fax: 08 8463 4054