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Winner Photography Competition: Built to Last - Lauren Clements

The goat house survived the bushfire that swept through the Carlton River property on 4th January 2013. It was made from recycled materials and probably saved the lives of the goats that were sheltering in it as the fire passed.

Winner Photography Competition: Built to Last - Lauren Clements Winner Photography Competition: Built to Last - Lauren Clements

Minister Rene Hidding and Bev Allen (Launceston City Council)

Minister Rene Hidding and Bev Allen (Launceston City Council) Minister Rene Hidding and Bev Allen (Launceston City Council)

Minister Rene Hidding and Luke Roberts (Department of Premier and Cabinet)

Minister Rene Hidding and Luke Roberts (Department of Premier and Cabinet) Minister Rene Hidding and Luke Roberts (Department of Premier and Cabinet)

Minister Rene Hidding and Iris Goetzke (representing the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network)

Minister Rene Hidding and Iris Goetzke (representing the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network) Minister Rene Hidding and Iris Goetzke (representing the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network)

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

Today, the Minister for Police and Emergency Management, the Hon. Rene Hidding MP, presented the Tasmanian 2015 Resilient Australia Awards.

Now in their 16th year, the Awards are a national program to recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience. 

The National Strategy for Disaster Resilience recognises that disaster resilience is the collective responsibility of all sectors of society.  Australia’s climate and landscape makes natural disasters a fact of life but by working together, we can reduce their destructive impact. 

Disaster resilience is about making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters.  By celebrating innovation and best practice, the awards showcase work that is often unrecognised, inspiring others to think about how they can be more disaster resilient. 

The Awards are open to everyone: individuals; not for profit organisations; small and large businesses; local and state government; schools; education institutions; research bodies; and emergency service agencies.

The 2015 Tasmanian Resilient Australia Award recipients are:

  • 2015 Resilient Australia Community Award
  • Tasmanian Visitor Information Network for their ‘Emergency preparedness project’

A duty of care to visitors, highlighted during the 2013 Tasmanian bushfires, was the catalyst for this project. 

The TVIN worked collaboratively with the State Emergency Service and the Tasmania Fire Service in preparing information to assist in educating and informing visitors about emergencies in Tasmania.

Resources in both printed and electronic format were developed for tourists, particularly from non-English speaking backgrounds, to provide clear and consistent emergency related information.

  • 2015 Resilient Australia Government Award 
  • Launceston City Council for their ‘Pet Pal project’

This project is an initiative that assists communities to plan, prepare, respond and recover from emergencies by ensuring their pets are safe.

A Pet Pal is a friend, relative or neighbour who can look after other people’s pet(s) prior to an emergency, to ensure their safety.

The project highlights the need for the community to consider their pets as an important part of their household emergency planning.

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet for the ‘Risk based land use project’

This project strengthens community resilience by the clear mapping and articulation of hazard vulnerability, risk tolerance and the level of intervention (planning and building controls) to manage public and private risk.

The project reflects shared responsibility of the community, industry, local and State Government for mitigating risks from natural hazards.

One important aspect of the project is that establishes Tasmania as a leader in the integration of natural hazard controls into the planning and building systems.

  • 2015 Resilient Australia People’s Choice Photography Award 
  • Lauren Clements for ‘Built to last'

The goat house survived the bushfire that swept through the Carlton River property on 4th January 2013.  It was made from recycled materials and probably saved the lives of the goats that were sheltering in it as the fire passed.

The Federal Attorney-General’s Department is proud to sponsor these awards in conjunction with the States and Territories. The Federal Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP, will announce the three national awards in November 2015.