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On the 24th September 2013, the award ceremony for the Tasmanian winners of the 2013 Resilient Australia Awards was held in Hobart.

There were eleven nominations submitted, from a range of categories, and all were of an extremely high standard. They demonstrated that all sectors of the community are sharing responsibility for disaster management.

The winner of the State Government Category, and overall State winner for 2013 was the Tasmania Fire Service's Community Protection Planning Project. This is an innovative emergency management planning initiative which aims to improve community bushfire safety through addressing key elements of the Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery spectrum. The project applied great innovation to planning, and involved significant community engagement. The project also won the State or Territory Government sector category at the national level in Canberra.

In the Local Government Category, the Launceston City Council won with their "Seal the Gap" project, which aims to promote greater resilience to flooding. The key message of the Seal the Gap initiative is for households to have the right items on hand, and to know how to use them, in order to lessen the impacts of flooding on their property.

The winner of the award in the Private sector is Pitt & Sherry's Lower George River Floodplain Risk Management Plan. Pitt & Sherry were commissioned by the Break O'Day Council to prepare the plan on behalf of the Lower George River Trust. The Plan has significantly benefitted the community of St Helens and enhanced community resilience to flooding and its impacts.

The winner of the Not-for-Profit sector is Melanie Irons’ 'Tassie Fires – We Can Help' Facebook page. Melanie's initiative was the creation of the Facebook page during the devastating Tasmanian bushfires experienced over  the 2013summer, in order to help co-ordinate the community response to the fires.

These projects demonstrate the great work that is being done State-wide to improve resilience to natural disasters.

Further information about Resilient Australia Awards (RAA) Winners 2013 Link to External Site