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Publication date: Thursday, 19 October 2017
The communities of Dungog and Lismore each received the 2017 Get Ready Community Award today in a special ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney.
The Get Ready Community Award, established in 2015 and convened by the Office of Emergency Management, recognises a local community for their work to strengthen their resilience to natural disasters.
This year, two communities were awarded for their exceptional efforts.
Dungog Shire Community Centre won the award for the 'Reflections of Resilience' project, a photographic exhibition launched on the first anniversary of the devastating 2015 floods. The photos featured residents holding giant words that reflected their idea of the Dungog community's strength and values.
"The project boosted morale after this horrific weather event and highlighted the town's strength and community spirit," Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said.
Lismore Helping Hands received the Get Ready Community Award for its Facebook page and community hub, which it created to aid the clean-up immediately after Cyclone Debbie earlier this year. The group had more than 8,000 members at its peak and it created crucial links between residents, businesses, services and volunteers, as well as Lismore Council.
At today's ceremony, Attorney General Mark Speakman also announced the NSW winners of the Resilient Australia Awards, on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services.
The Resilient Australia Awards were established in 2000 to celebrate innovation and exemplary practice in strengthening resilience to disasters in communities right across Australia. The Office of Emergency Management convenes these awards in NSW.
The four NSW category winners go on to compete for the national awards that will be announced later this year.
The NSW Resilient Australia Award winners include:
Community Australian Red Cross - Casino for its collaborative 'Get in the Know Casino' emergency services forum
Business Lismore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. for 'Restart the HEART – Road to recovery of a regional city
Schools St Ives North Public School for 'Project Firestorm'
Government NSW State Emergency Service for its social media campaign 'Real People, True Stories – If it's Flooded, Forget It'
In congratulating the winners of each award, Minister Grant commended the remarkable work that our emergency services agencies do to protect and support communities in times of need, and he emphasised community responsibility in the face of natural disasters.
"We all have a responsibility to think ahead, get ready, and be as prepared for natural disasters as we possibly can be," Mr Grant said.