2017 Resilient Australia Awards
Equi-Evac Centre Network
City of Mandurah
The City of Mandurah in WA received the National Award for the development of the Equi-Evac Centre Network, a planning and evacuation scheme to protect horses during times of emergency.
The successful outcomes of this project included raising awareness and empowering community members to care for animals in emergencies, and, informing local government emergency management and animal welfare plans. The project was funded by the 2016/17 All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) program and facilitated by the City of Mandurah.
Flooded Road Smart Warning System
Logan City Council
An initiative of Logan City Council in Queensland, the Flooded Road Smart Warning System project saves lives by reducing the risk of vehicles being driven into floodwaters, through innovative low cost automatic warning signs powered by recycled laptop batteries. The project was designed and delivered with assistance from Griffith University students and in partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise Substation 33. Substation 33 provides training and support to disadvantaged Logan residents through an e-waste recycling business.
Emergency Ready Communities
City of Melton/City of Wyndham
A collaborative effort across the City of Melton and City of Wyndham, this project recognises the fundamental role of social capital and social resources in building disaster resilient communities. The project engaged a broad cross-section of community representatives to evaluate community resilience across four key indicators: connectedness within a community; level of risk and vulnerability; procedures that support planning, response and recovery; and availability of emergency resources. The project developed leadership and community ownership; 11 resilience projects were developed by community leaders. The Emergency Ready Communities Forum, a key component of the project, was published in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management July 2016 edition.