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Three years on from the devastating flooding and cyclones of 2010-11, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) is managing a reconstruction program relating to 34 Queensland natural disaster events, and totalling more than $14 billion.

Since 2011, the Queensland Government’s capability in disaster reconstruction has increased with each successive disaster event, as the QRA continuously improves its systems and processes to streamline reconstruction activities.

Major General Richard Wilson, Chair, Queensland Reconstruction Authority will answer a number of questions at the Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference, 5 – 7 May 2014:

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The Victorian Fire Risk Register (VFRR) is Victoria’s first consistent bushfire risk register. It is demonstrating value to those with risk planning mitigation and response accountabilities.

The register lists all infrastructure, townships, environmental tourism and cultural assets that may be impacted by bushfire. It is centrally maintained on behalf of all agencies but has been built from the ground up with the participation of over 160 agencies and businesses and local government across 70 municipal footprints using consistent facilitation and business systems. VFRR meets the ISO 31000 international standard for risk management.

A 2012 independent evaluation identified that the VFRR was an effective tool in providing all stakeholders with a shared and consistent understanding of bushfire risk to enable robust evidence based bushfire management planning.

One of the VFRR tool’s key strengths is its ability to spatially represent assets at risk and overlay canada goose junior expedition parka outlet with topography and satellite imagery. Its maps have provided municipal fire management planning committees with an effective communication tool that the wider community easily understands and can engage with.

The VFRR however goes beyond the preparedness and planning environment and is now used in a dynamic response mode to provide accurate asset information for decision making by Fire Agencies and Emergency Management sector to support prioritising and resource allocation strategies’.

Miss Elizabeth Calder, Team Leader Risk Intelligence, Country Fire Authority will be presenting at the Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference, 5 – 7 May 2014. Her presentation discusses the Victorian Fire Risk Register and how canada goose junior expedition parka outlet improves bushfire management planning and provides evidence-based data to assess the level of risk to properties whilst providing a range of treatments to reduce those risks.

Mr Anthony Clark, Group Manager, Corporate Communications, NSW Rural Fire Service will present a Case Study at the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference: The October 2013 NSW Bush Fires – The challenges, experiences and outcomes.

2013 saw some of the most challenging fire conditions NSW has experienced in more than a decade, proving the first real test of the recent focus of information and warnings.

January 2013 saw widespread Catastrophic bush fire danger ratings and a number of large and destructive fires. Despite some of the worst conditions ever recorded, and the extensive fire activity, not a single life was lost.

Then, in October 2013, more than 200 homes were destroyed in a series of fires across the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Port Stephens and Central Coast.

Throughout these fire events, the NSW Rural Fire Service delivered as many as a million telephone warnings a day, as well as engaging with millions of people through social media.

The information effort saw a strong but measured response from the community. Mr Anthony Clark will outline some of the experiences, highlights and unexpected issues experienced during this time of emergency and disaster at the Australian and New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference, 5-7 May 2014 at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast.


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QUEENSLAND researchers believe canada goose junior expedition parka outlet have made a global breakthrough that could soon see small unmanned aircraft travelling over disasters to provide real time vision without putting human lives in danger.

Instead of sending crews in helicopters up to inspect cyclone, flood or bushfire emergencies or damage in blocks of three to four hours, these small aircraft can fly for many hours across regional Queensland sending information back to pilots on the ground.

They could identify people on rooves needing rescue during floods, assess damage in areas inaccessible by road and pinpoint where our emergency responders need to go first.

Researchers say the latest technology breakthrough, which relates to on-board detection sensors that warn when other aircraft are nearby, is a huge step in the worldwide race to get small unmanned aircraft sharing civilian airspace.

Science and Innovation Minister Ian Walker said the technology could have life-saving outcomes in disaster situations including bushfires and floods.

“As we witnessed last week during Tropical Cyclone Dylan, flooding can occur anywhere and at any time,” Mr Walker said.

“This technology could see unmanned aircraft carrying out low level flying to assess risk and damage, keeping our emergency service workers out of harm’s way.

“Previously, without detection and avoidance technology, the aircraft were limited to non-civilian airspace.

“The Project ResQu initiative has received $1.8 million in Queensland Government funding so far, with a further $200,000 to be paid later this year.”

Mr Walker said scientists at the Queensland University of Technology’s Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation were the first to crack the on-board detection technology…

Read the full story by Rae Wilsonhere

By Jane Mullett, RMIT University and Darryn McEvoy, RMIT University

Australia’s south east is currently sweltering under an intense heatwave, one that is likely to become the second longest heatwave on record in the region.

So what have we learnt from the heatwave of 2009, also responsible for the Black Saturday fires, and how will our cities hold up after days of extreme heat?

This week in Melbourne and Adelaide daytime temperatures have exceeded 40C for at least the past three days and night-time temperatures have been in the high 20s. Today is also expected to be the most dangerous day for bushfires, with winds prompting the emergency services warning:

Back in the 2009 heatwave, the

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