Local governments are invited to nominate for the 20th Resilient Australia Awards, prizes which recognise and celebrate initiatives which make communities safer and better prepared to respond to disasters, hazards, and emergencies. The awards, which began in 2000 and are managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, honour outstanding collaborations and new ideas in categories including local governments in all the states and territories. Winning submissions in each state and territory are considered for national awards.
Last year, Moreton Bay Regional Council partnered with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Police Service to deliver the My Resilient Community project, which won the National Award. In 2017, the City of Mandurah received the National Award for the Equi-Evac Centre Network, a project that developed evacuation arrangements to support the equestrian community.
Other past projects have focused on topics such as risk management and mitigation, education and training, and community engagement. Entries in this year’s awards must relate to projects or initiatives which began after 1 January 2017, or showed significant results or improvements since 1 January 2017. For more details and submission guidelines, see https://www.aidr.org.au/programs/resilient-australia-awards/