Shire of Augusta Margaret River commended at Resilient Awards

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River along with the Australian Red Cross has been highly commended at today’s 2014 Resilient Australia Awards for the community preparedness ‘Get Ready!’ project that stemmed from recovery work following the November 2011 Margaret River bushfires.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Resilient Australia Awards recognise the outstanding contributions communities were making to disaster management including risk assessment and mitigation, education, training and research, community awareness and engagement, as well as response and recovery.

“Many of this year’s awarded projects are effectively addressing local needs and building a greater understanding about potential risks through education and increased community participation,” Mr Keenan said.

A total of 24 entries have been recognised from 160 applications.

Community engagement was the central focus of the Community Preparedness ‘Get Ready!’ Project. Local volunteer networks were created and existing social and community groups were involved.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino congratulated the Council on the national commendation.

“Raising community awareness to the risks they may face and enabling the community to reduce their own susceptibility is exactly what disaster resilience is all about,” Ms Marino said.

“Emergency preparedness sessions were run by local volunteers using information and knowledge gained through the November 2011 bushfires, and were tailored to target needs based on community mapping that identified at-risk groups.

“The work of these organisations, groups and individuals are helping to prepare our nation for future adverse events,” Mr Keenan said.

A full list of the award winners can be found at: https://www.em.gov.au/