Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, Senator Linda Reynolds, has today congratulated the winners of the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards at a ceremony at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
As the Australian Government Minister responsible for emergency management, Assistant Minister Reynolds said the awards, now in their 19th year, continue to have strong community support and this year was no exception with more than 100 entries received.
After a rigorous process, the judges selected the following national winners:
- National Award: My Resilient Community (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Police Service, Moreton Bay Regional Council – Queensland)
- National School Award: Firestick project (Dixons Creek Primary School; a Wurundjeri-led project with support from Yarra Ranges Council and the Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning – Victoria)
- National Photography Award: Dousing the flames (Navin Chandra – Northern Territory)
"Disaster resilience is about making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage disasters, and it is a shared responsibility," Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
"Our National Strategy for Disaster Resilience acknowledges that a resilient community is one that works together to understand and manage the risks it faces.
"These awards celebrate the often unrecognised work that individuals, organisations, councils, and schools are doing to shape a more disaster resilient Australia.
"They highlight a strong sense of leadership and community spirit, which plays a vital role in encouraging activities and conversations that build shared resilience to disasters.
"The Australian Government is proud to sponsor the awards in partnership with the states and territories and pleased to support and celebrate the innovative ways Australians are working to make our communities safer and better prepared.
"I commend the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) for managing these awards."
For more information, visit the AIDR website: https://aidr.org.au/raa