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Published date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Community organisations across NSW have been recognised for their work protecting locals from major bushfires, flood zones and disaster events during the 2019 Resilience Australia Awards ceremony at NSW Parliament today.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said this year celebrates 20 years of building disaster resilience across Australia.
Among the winners include a Goobang community led initiative focused on developing vulnerability mapping and information for locals, a community service directory and a ‘Go Box’ full of documents and equipment for faster recovery.
“The Resilient Australia Awards are about celebrating the accomplishments of community groups, emergency services, state and local government, and education providers in making NSW communities more resilient, better equipped and safer in the face of adversity,” Mr Elliott said.
“People who care about their communities are the greatest resource we have in reducing the impact of natural disasters and other emergencies. The deeper and stronger the community connections, the better they are able to prepare and recover when disaster strikes.
“Most of our finalists have been affected personally by disasters which had widespread impact on their communities. Many are still recovering. We have much to learn from their projects and initiatives.”
The 2019 Resilient Australia Awards winners, and the Get Ready Community Award winner, are:
The winners of the NSW Resilience Australia Awards categories may also be selected as finalists in the National Resilient Australia Awards in November.