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Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Media release

Joint media release with the Hon Corey Wingard MP - Joint funding to boost disaster resilience in South Australia

South Australians will be better prepared for disasters with $2.171 million in joint government funding to improve community and organisational disaster resilience and build emergency volunteer capabilities.

Grants for the 24 disaster resilience initiatives are jointly funded through the National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience, with cash contributions from the grant recipients taking the total investment to $2.74 million.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said that all sectors of the community have a role to play in preventing and preparing for disasters so that we can collectively support one another in times of need.

“I am proud of the work our Governments are doing to strengthen state and local capabilities to reduce disaster impacts on communities,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.

“Improving disaster preparedness is key to reducing both the impact on communities and the reliance on response and recovery measures.”

South Australian Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard said a community that is well prepared is a resilient community and that means better outcomes for everyone when a disaster strikes.

“This funding encourages shared responsibility when it comes to preparing for and responding to disasters and keeping communities safe,” Minister Wingard said.

Some highlighted funded projects include:

  • Field Hospital Transport and Support Equipment (SA Veterinary Emergency Management), $43,625 to purchase a custom trailer and field hospital equipment for use in emergency events.
  • Volunteer Leadership Development (SA Country Fire Service), $46,653 to fund Certificate IV in Leadership and Management for twenty-five SACFS volunteers.
  • Integrated Decision Support Tool (Gawler River Floodplain Management Authority), $98,980 to utilise the nationally developed risk modelling and projection tool (UNHaRMED) across six councils to inform and align their stormwater and flood management strategies and their collective investment in mitigation activities.
  • Weather Station network (Northern Sustainable Soils), $229,900 to install 35 weather stations across the Mid North & Eyre Peninsula & Murraylands, to inform local landholders’ operational decisions, reduce the likelihood of fire events and provide additional data to the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • Community-led Emergency Resilience (Australian Red Cross) $260,775 to strengthen disaster resilience at a community level by working closely with and
    empowering the community sector so people are more aware of risks, emergency management arrangements and their roles during emergencies.
  • Flood Detention Dams (City of Salisbury) $112,000 to analyse stormwater intensities, discharge rates and catchment impact of extreme weather events to
    inform council management plans and mitigation works across the City of Salisbury and Tea Tree Gully Council areas.
  • Volunteer Canine Search and Rescue Capability (Search and Rescue Canines SA) $39,469 to fund operations and training equipment for canine search and rescue volunteers providing urban search and rescue capabilities.

A full list of projects funded in South Australia under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program can be found at: http://www.safecom.sa.gov.au/site/emergency_management/natural_disaster_resilience_ program.jsp