2017 Resilient Australia Awards

SA Highly Commended Award

Australian Red Cross - Resilient Leaders: Strengthening Community leadership capacity for shared responsibility program

The Resilient Leaders training develops leadership capacity in existing and emerging community members to drive self-organised local action before, during and after emergencies. The program is designed to work with participants to identify gaps and opportunities in their own community and develop solutions.

Resilient Leaders was developed as a pilot project in response to a Council’s request for training that enabled community leaders to step up and lead the change they want to see. It has been delivered in five South Australian communities that are either significantly exposed to disaster risk or in recovery from flood or fire events. They include: Adelaide CBD, Mitcham, Pinery, Onkaparinga and Adelaide Hills.

Australian Red Cross - Building Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities project

Migrant communities are more vulnerable to the impacts of disasters due to language barriers and reduced understanding of emergency management processes. The project has supported key community educators, to initiate resilience building activities, designed to increase disaster preparedness and build community resilience.

The project commenced in March 2016 with a focus in geographical areas with larger migrant communities living in Adelaide’s northern and western suburbs and Mount Gambier. 48 community educators from South Sudan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Iran, Kenya, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the Republic of Congo, Iraq, Ivory Coast, India, Australia, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Bhutan were recruited and trained to deliver resilience and preparedness activities to their communities.

Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources and the South Australian State Emergency Service - Increasing community resilience to flood in South Australia

This project is designed to Improve Flood Warnings and Flood Management in South Australia by identifying areas likely to be impacted, the extent of potential flooding and critical infrastructure or vulnerable communities at risk. The results are crucial to build resilience by improving flood warnings, flood response planning and community education in advance of emergency events.

The joint DEWNR/SES flood project covers a range of activities for improving flood warning, flood response planning and community education.

This application is focused on two areas where the project has made significant achievements.

  • Creation of a hydrology support team to provide advice to the SASES during flood incidents. The hydrology support team is integrated in the SASES State Control Centre during flood incidents and provides advice on emerging or evolving flood conditions, including areas at risk, to increase situational awareness and inform the issuing of public information and warnings.
  • Flood Information System known as ‘FloodMon’ enabling hydrologists and incident management personnel to easily access and analyse real-time data from all sources (Bureau of Meteorology, DEWNR, SA Water, NRM Boards and councils) on rainfall and river conditions from a range of sources.

SA Commended Award

Community Planning for Recovery SIBL Inc. - Developing an Emergency Response and Recovery Plan

This project was developed in response to the proximity to the Sampson Flat fire event. The aim is to build a more resilient Scott Creek, Ironbank, Bradbury and Longwood community by improving their capacity to recover after a disaster more effectively by having increased knowledge, stronger connections and improved resources.

The project provides benefit to the members of this community before, during and after a disaster. There have been several community information sessions on various topics relating to disaster recovery. Community Members contribute knowledge and expertise. This knowledge includes areas of disaster recovery and management, education, community development, counselling, animal welfare, information technology and human resource management. Our members represent the local County Fire Service (CFS), Fire Safe groups, Adelaide Hills councillors and members of primary school, social clubs, agricultural bureau and local businesses.


2016 State Awards
2016 National winners


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