The Prestigious Australian Safer Communities Award Presented to 18 Recipients at Ceremony in Canberra
Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 29, 2010
Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today congratulated the 18 recipients from around Australia who were presented with the prestigious Australian Safer Communities Award at a ceremony in Canberra this evening.
The Awards recognise emergency management initiatives that help to build safer communities across Australia.
Mr McClelland said the Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner in Victoria won the National Significance category for the introduction of the national Emergency Alert Telephone Warning System.
The warning system – which is being adopted across the country – allows emergency management agencies to send urgent warnings, such as bushfire warnings, directly to the public via telephone.
Since its launch on 1 December 2009, Emergency Alert has been used 66 times and issued in excess of 520,000 messages in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, for flood, tsunami, bushfire, gas outage and missing person emergencies
“These awards are an excellent example of governments, the public, volunteers and the private sector working together to create safer communities,” Mr McClelland said.
“Each of these initiatives will make a real difference to the way we help prevent emergencies, or respond to them if they occur.”
“Award recipients demonstrate some of the best characteristics of community participation and I congratulate each and every one of them.”
More than 100 projects were entered for the award, in categories including state government departments, local government, volunteer organisations, the private sector and the education and training arena.
The awards cover all aspects of community safety in the context of emergency management including:
- risk assessment
- education and training
- information and knowledge management
- prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Other award winning projects included a heatwave response plan; a local community recovery effort following the Victorian bushfires; an MP3 player to support traumatised teenagers; iPhone applications to guide first aiders; and a children’s on-line game which teaches the correct use of the triple-zero number.
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