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2017 Resilient Australia Awards

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Winner

Alex Bradley representing the Tasmania Fire Service 'Fuel Reduction Unit'

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Winner 2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Winner

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Highly Commended

Ella Wade representing the Department of Premier and Cabinet ‘TasALERT Translation Project’

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Highly Commended 2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Highly Commended

2017 Resilient Australia School Award - Tasmania Winner

Susan Jeffrey representing the Dunalley Primary School for ‘Rebuilding Dunalley Primary School After the 2013 Fires’

2017 Resilient Australia School Award - Tasmania Winner 2017 Resilient Australia School Award - Tasmania Winner

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

Sharon Campbell representing Department of Health and Human Services for ‘Heatwave ready Tasmania’

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit 2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

Leslie King representing the Tasmania Fire Service for '1967 Bushfires Share Your Story Project'

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit 2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

Chief Officer, Chris Arnol representing the Tasmania Fire Service for the 'Volunteer Brigade Basics DVD'

2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit 2017 Resilient Australia Government Award - Tasmania Recognition of Merit

2017 Resilient Australia People’s Choice Photography Award Tasmania (with equal votes)

- Richard Cowling and Peter Middleton

2017 Resilient Australia People’s Choice Photography Award Tasmania (with equal votes) 2017 Resilient Australia People’s Choice Photography Award Tasmania (with equal votes)

‘Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods in Action’ by Peter Middleton

The Lachlan community in Southern Tasmania was part of round 1(2014-16) of the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods program. A community field day was developed by the local brigade at the request of the community. The field day included practical activities including that shown in the photo and others with fire protection equipment. The 'burn table' is a live fire demonstration that allows people to see how quickly fire can spread, how vegetation burns, and a fire scenario that can be shaped to a local area.

‘Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods in Action’ by Peter Middleton ‘Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods in Action’ by Peter Middleton

'Approaching Storm' by Richard Cowling

During a period of flooding in the Greater Launceston area, the photographer, Richard Cowling, was able to take some moments off and climbed to the top of the Cimitiere Street Police station and capture this shot which has the Launceston Post Office clock tower in the foreground, just before the storm hit.

'Approaching Storm' by Richard Cowling 'Approaching Storm' by Richard Cowling

'Stolen Car - Save' by Lisa Trotter

Lisa’s series of photographs capture the response of Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Police personnel to an incident at Invermay where a stolen car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

'Stolen Car - Save' by Lisa Trotter 'Stolen Car - Save' by Lisa Trotter

'Stolen Car - Help' by Lisa Trotter

Lisa’s series of photographs capture the response of Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Police personnel to an incident at Invermay where a stolen car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

'Stolen Car - Help' by Lisa Trotter 'Stolen Car - Help' by Lisa Trotter

'Stolen Car - Crash' by Lisa Trotter

Lisa’s series of photographs capture the response of Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Police personnel to an incident at Invermay where a stolen car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

'Stolen Car - Crash' by Lisa Trotter 'Stolen Car - Crash' by Lisa Trotter

(Click through the gallery above to see the recipients or double click to see gallery)

 

Today, the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, the Hon. Rene Hidding MP, presented the Tasmanian 2017 Resilient Australia Awards.

A key objective of the Australian, State, and Territory Governments’ natural disaster resilience partnership is for communities to be more resilient to disasters and better prepared to manage the effects of emergency situations.

Community resilience is about working together and looking after each other in times of crisis or need.

There are projects and initiatives underway around the country that make our communities safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to respond to disasters.

The Resilient Australia Awards recognise and encourage activities that cover all aspects of building disaster resilience.

Tasmanian entries in the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards were judged by an independent panel of senior representatives from the SES, Ambulance Tasmania, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Local Government Association of Tasmania and the not-for-profit sector.

The Resilient Australia (People’s Choice) Photography Award was voted on by members of the public via an online voting portal.

In the Resilient Australia Government category, the winner is:

Tasmanian Fire Service for the ‘Fuel Reduction Unit’

Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires and 2013 Tasmanian bushfires, the Tasmanian Government funded a long term program of prescribed burning based on community involvement, data collection, monitoring and bushfire risk modelling with the primary objective of mitigating bushfire risk throughout Tasmania.

The strategic Fuel Reduction Program was implemented by the Tasmanian Government in July 2014. A policy was introduced to increase fuel reduction burning in Tasmania, establish a new centralised and dedicated Fuel Reduction Unit, and invest an additional $28.5 million in a comprehensive and strategic state-wide fuel reduction program.

The program is coordinated by the TFS Fuel Reduction Unit. Key partners are the Parks and Wildlife Service, and Sustainable Timber Tasmania.

The overarching objective of the program is to reduce the bushfire risk to Tasmanian communities, through:

  • targeting fuel reduction burning on areas that have the maximum risk reduction benefit to Tasmanian communities;
  • facilitating local level involvement in identifying target areas for fuel reduction burning;
  • building capacity in fuel reduction burning in both the public and private sectors; and
  • improving public understanding of matters relating to fuel reduction.

The program works with local councils helping them to identify their risks, support them in managing bushfire risk on their own estate and in strengthening the resilience of their own community.

Outcomes from the program include:

  • Fuel loads and bushfire risk are reduced on both public and private land on a rolling average rate of 300,000 hectares every five years;
  • The capacity and capability of both the public and private sector to undertake fuel reduction burning is increased; and
  • There is high public acceptance of fuel reduction burning as a routine practice in local communities. 

In this category, less than one point separated the winner and so a Highly Commended trophy was awarded to:

Department of Premier and Cabinet for the ‘TasALERT Translation Project’

The TasALERT Translation project is a joint initiative between the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPAC), the State Emergency Service (SES), TasDeaf, and the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC).

TasALERT is a whole-of-government emergency online platform. It comprises a purpose-built website as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts. These channels provide a single source of clear, consistent, credible information, alerts and advice from official government sources. Outside of emergency situations, TasALERT provides resilience information and resources about key hazards.

This project focused on ensuring Tasmania’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population, and a large deaf community have equitable access to vital emergency information.

The project translated vital ‘Get Ready’ resilience information on TasALERT into the top nine language spoken by humanitarian entrants into Tasmania, as well as AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language).

The ‘Get Ready’ information includes practical tips and checklists and is a vital resource for understanding and knowing how to act on hazard advice.

In the Resilient Australia Schools category, the winner is:

Dunalley Primary School for the ‘Rebuilding Dunalley Primary School After the 2013 Fires Project’

The rebuilding of the Dunalley Primary School and the opening of a temporary school soon after the fire, contributed greatly in achieving several priority outcomes outlined in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience – it enabled the very real enactment of shared responsibility across all sectors of society, displayed coordinated effort and leadership, actively partnered with those who effect change and empowered individuals and community to exercise choice and take responsibility. 

Partnerships among governments, local municipal council, business, the nongovernment sectors, volunteers and individuals, all led a focused recovery operation.

The temporary school and the commencement of planning for the building of the permanent school contributed immediately and significantly to the emotional recovery of children and their parents, particularly those who had lost their home.

Getting the temporary school built so quickly led to uninterrupted educational provision but also a sense of community, normalcy, and safety and enabled the provision of direct and sustained psychological support for children and adults.

The economic sustainability and viability in the region were also impacted, with a constant flow of trades people descending to the area. With the prospect of the school being available in the short term, families also committed to rebuilding, which deepened the resilience.

In 2017 the new Dunalley Primary School, architecturally designed to enable modern pedagogical delivery, was ready for occupancy.

The school continues to contribute to the viability of the community. There is a palpable sense of pride and ownership of the new facilities, the staff and the direction that is being taken.

The 2017 Resilient Australia People’s Choice Photography Award was tied with equal votes for two photographs.

One winner is Richard Cowling for his photograph ‘Approaching Storm’

During a period of flooding in the Greater Launceston area, the photographer, Richard Cowling, was able to take some moments off and climbed to the top of the Cimitiere Street Police station and capture this shot which has the Launceston Post Office clock tower in the foreground, just before the storm hit.

The joint winner for this category is  Peter Middleton for his photograph ‘Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods in Action’

The Lachlan community in Southern Tasmania was part of round 1(2014-16) of the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighborhoods program. A community field day was developed by the local brigade at the request of the community. The field day included practical activities including that shown in the photo and others with fire protection equipment. The 'burn table' is a live fire demonstration that allows people to see how quickly fire can spread, how vegetation burns, and a fire scenario that can be shaped to a local area.

The Tasmanian winners will be included in the judging process for the national awards and the national winners will be announced in November.

Certificates of Merit

In recognition of the excellent standard of entries received this year, the following Award nominees received Certificates of Merit.

The Tasmania Fire Service for ‘1967 Bushfires Share Your Story project’.

TFS developed a collaborative digital story project to collect and present stories of the Black Tuesday bushfires of 1967 for the 50th anniversary of the event and future education.

A video booth visited major Tasmanian events and community venues to enable people to record their digital story and contribute information about local bushfire history in their own words. The collected digital stories are presented on a ’67 Bushfires Storymap.

The storymap holds 280 pieces of content and is an online tool utilised by community members, emergency volunteers, teachers, students, parents and residents to broaden their understanding of natural disasters, the role of emergency services and their own responsibility towards preparedness of a bushfire disaster.

The Department of Health and Human Services for ‘Heatwave Ready Tasmania’

Heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia than all other natural disasters combined. Heatwaves are a priority natural disaster risk for Tasmania.

Through funding provided in the 2014 under the natural disaster resilience partnership, the project ‘Heatwave ready Tasmania: Building capacity in Tasmania’s aged care sector to respond to heatwaves’ was developed to build the capability and capacity of Tasmanian residential aged care facilities to adequately prepare for and respond to extreme heat events.

Residential aged care facilities in Tasmania now have access to a suite of resources developed specifically for the sector, addressing the precise issues raised by them in the planning and development stage. These resources have enabled Residential aged care facilities around Tasmania to better prepare for and respond to extreme heat events, which put the lives of those in their care at great risk.

The Tasmania Fire Service for ‘TFS Brigade Basics DVD’.

TFS used funding provided under the natural disaster resilience partnership to develop resources to assist brigades in their delivery of the Volunteer Brigade Basics Program. The project delivered an instructional video for volunteer brigades that assists in the demonstration of the skills and knowledge required to undertake the role of a Volunteer firefighter, a delivery medium not available to brigades previously, along with a Mentor’s Guide and a Participants’ Guide.

The new training program ensures that new volunteer fire fighters joining the TFS including those in more remote locations have the skills and knowledge to respond to incidents within their community in a safe, professional and consistent manner.

Lisa Trotter for her series of photographs entitled ‘Stolen Car – Crash, Help, Save’.

Lisa’s series of photographs capture the response of Tasmanian Fire Service and Tasmania Police personnel to an incident at Invermay where a stolen car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.


The Federal Attorney-General’s Department is proud to sponsor these awards in conjunction with the States and Territories.