26 September 2023

Awards awaiting for disaster heroes

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Nominations for the next round of disaster resilience awards are now being accepted with Canberrans invited to nominate individuals, groups or organisations who have contributed to safety and emergency preparedness in their community.

Launching the awards, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman said the challenges of the past three years have changed how people think about disaster and emergency preparedness.

“Together we have dealt with bushfires, storms and the pandemic,” Mr Gentleman said.

“As a result, we have seen some wonderful new initiatives pop up to lend a hand as well as innovations from established programs,” he said.

“The Resilient Australia Awards are an opportunity to recognise those who have gone above and beyond to help others prepare, respond to or recover from crises.”

Mr Gentleman said local people won’t have to look very far to find someone in their community helping others before, during or after a disaster.

“I really encourage everyone to take a moment, especially after celebrating National Volunteer Week, to make a nomination,” Mr Gentleman said.

He said that from education and training programs to risk assessment, research or response and recovery efforts, the awards celebrate outstanding contributions in seven categories including business, community, government, local government, schools, photography, and mental health and wellbeing.

“Each State and Territory will have its own awards recipients, and those recipients will be considered for the national awards,” he said.

Mr Gentleman said entries in the 2022 awards program must relate to projects or initiatives that commenced after 1 January 2020, or demonstrate significant outcomes since 1 January 2020.

He said the Resilient Australia Awards are an initiative of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience and are sponsored by the Commonwealth Government in partnership with the States and Territories.

More information or to make a nomination for the Awards can be accessed at this PS News link.

Nominations close 13 June 2022.

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