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23 September 2014—$7 million to improve natural disaster resilience

Minister for Justice

$7 million to improve natural disaster resilience

23 September 2014

Joint media release

Minister for Justice
The Hon Michael Keenan MP

South Australian Minister for Emergency Services
The Hon Tony Piccolo MP

Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and South Australian Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo today announced more than $7 million of projects to assist communities across South Australia build resilience to natural disasters.

Mr Keenan said while the nature and size of the country's landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities were stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.

"Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities. These projects, led by state agencies, local councils, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, are all designed to help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters."

South Australian Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said that local communities will be in a better position to respond to emergencies and disasters meaning lives and properties will be saved.

"This multi-sector commitment aims to lessen the impact of natural disasters," Mr Piccolo said.

"I congratulate the successful recipients and look forward to the work they will do to make South Australia safer."

Funding will go towards 37 projects including:

  • $60,000 to support the social recovery of Eden Valley and Bangor communities impacted by bushfires in January 2014.
  • $134,640 for flood mapping on Kangaroo Island, and work with the local community to develop flood management strategies.
  • $63,053 to provide community education on the importance of animal management in emergency plans.
  • $504,500 to work with communities to identify bushfire risks and develop Bushfire Management Area Plans and Local Treatment Plans.
  • $430,000 to increase community awareness of non-operational volunteering roles and to promote the benefits of employing Country Fire Service and State Emergency Service volunteers to larger employers.

A complete list of projects is available from the SAFECOM website.