Monday, 23 September 2019
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Corey Wingard MP - Disaster resilience projects receive $1.7 million boost

Young South Australians will be taught what to do during a natural disaster as part of a $1.7 million package to make communities more resilient.

Federal Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said disaster education would take place in schools, Scouts and Girl Guides.

“Young people need to know what to do when disaster strikes just as much as adults do,” Minister Littleproud said.

“Part of this program will invest in teaching resources specifically for young people.

“Students often share what they learn with their family making more people better prepared.

“The package will also boost emergency volunteer numbers where they’re most needed, such as in SA’s North.

“It will also have funding to help evacuate the homeless in a disaster and funding to help people plan their finances to account for a disaster.”

South Australian Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard said that the initiatives would make the region better prepared for disasters.

“Natural disasters are a fact of life and these jointly funded initiatives will assist communities to be proactive and reduce the impacts of future disasters,” Minister Wingard said.

“The funding will help us collectively to understand our risks and take practical steps to be better prepared.

“This puts everyone in a better position to withstand and recover from disasters when they occur.”

The funding has been provided as part of the joint Commonwealth-South Australia National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience and the Prepared Communities Fund.

Projects being funded include:

  • $98,000 to boost volunteer recruitment and retention in Far North South Australia.
  • $99,800 to deliver a practical toolkit to help South Australians prepare financially for emergencies.
  • $98,325 to help homeless communities in six regional locations to “Escape the Elements” and stay safe and well.
  • $56,662 to support social activities to build resilience to the ongoing impact of drought.
  • $65,075 to pilot a resilience-building workshop for school staff, children and families.
  • $97,375 to help community service organisations better understand their roles and responsibilities during disaster.
  • $40,000 to engage secondary school children in urban and regional areas in a problem solving ‘Disaster Resilience Innovation Challenge’.
  • $69,967 to support Girl Guides and Scouts develop age-specific resources and activities that empower them to build the resilience of their community.

For more information about approved South Australian projects refer to the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission website.