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14 February 2008

Self reliance recognised In Safer Communities Awards

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has today praised projects from across Australia, which help the public to be better prepared for emergencies.

"Presenting these national awards at this particular time is very relevant considering the fantastic effort by emergency services workers in responding to the Queensland and New South Wales floods," said Mr McClelland.

"When the goal is making our communities safer, emergency management excellence is essential. Preparedness and self-reliance are worthy skills to encourage and reward."

The Australian Safer Communities Awards were presented to thirteen recipients from both government and non-government organisations.

The joint winners of the 'Projects of National Significance' Pre-Disaster category were the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and Geoscience Australia, for their research partnership examining the risks of tsunami on the WA coastline.

Other winners included St John Ambulance Australia, Australian Red Cross, and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Many entries were the result of combined and cooperative efforts to find solutions to emergency management challenges.

The awards were presented jointly by Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the Minister for Home Affairs Bob Debus.

It's the eighth year that the awards - organised by Emergency Management Australia, a division of the Attorney-General's Department - have been presented.

Media Contact: Adam Sims, Mr McClelland's office, 0419 480 224

Alastair Wilson, EMA Media Liaison, 0408 606 462

Australian Safer Communities Awards 2007- National Award Recipients

These awards were presented by the Australian Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP and the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Bob Debus MP at Parliament House, Canberra on Thursday 14 February 2008.

Category Stream Entry organisation & name Award

Pre-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia -

Bushfire Survival Guides

Winner

Pre-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency Tasmania Fire Service - Bushfire Survival DVD project

Highly Commended

Post-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency ACT Government: State Emergency Service and Canberra Connect

Enhancing responsiveness during major emergencies

Winner

Pre-Disaster Local

Government Council of the City of Sydney, NSW Let's Get Ready Sydney

Winner

Pre-Disaster Volunteer

organisations Sassafras - Ferny Creek Fire Brigade, Victoria -

Living Safely with Bushfire

Winner

Pre-Disaster Combination of agencies Drug and Alcohol Services with Ambulance Service, South Australia

Hospitality First Responder Training

Winner

Post-Disaster Combination of agencies Maribyrnong City Council, VIC and Cube Management Solutions - Emergency Relief

(Evacuation) Centre Management Guidelines for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups

Winner

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

Geoscience Australia with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA - Tsunami Planning and Preparation in Western Australia

Winner

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

St John Ambulance Australia -

Developing safer communities through flexible learning

Highly Commended

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

Australian Red Cross - Personal support training

Highly Commended

Post-Disaster Projects of

National

St John Ambulance Australia - Winner

Significance Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Project

Community Safety Focus Surf Life Saving Australia - Establishment of

the Australian Lifesaving Academy Winner

Community Safety Focus Queensland Ambulance Service in

collaboration and James Cook University -

Rural and Remote Paramedic Program

Highly Commended

Issued by Emergency Management Australia, Canberra

Media Contact: Alastair Wilson 0408 606 462

For more information about the Australian Safer Communities Awards

please refer to www.ema.gov.au and select 'Communities' - 'Safer Communities Awards'

14 February 2008

SELF RELIANCE RECOGNISED IN SAFER COMMUNITIES AWARDS

Attorney-General Robert McClelland has today praised projects from across Australia, which help the public to be better prepared for emergencies.

"Presenting these national awards at this particular time is very relevant considering the fantastic effort by emergency services workers in responding to the Queensland and New South Wales floods," said Mr McClelland.

"When the goal is making our communities safer, emergency management excellence is essential. Preparedness and self-reliance are worthy skills to encourage and reward."

The Australian Safer Communities Awards were presented to thirteen recipients from both government and non-government organisations.

The joint winners of the 'Projects of National Significance' Pre-Disaster category were the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia and Geoscience Australia, for their research partnership examining the risks of tsunami on the WA coastline.

Other winners included St John Ambulance Australia, Australian Red Cross, and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Many entries were the result of combined and cooperative efforts to find solutions to emergency management challenges.

The awards were presented jointly by Attorney-General Robert McClelland and the Minister for Home Affairs Bob Debus.

It's the eighth year that the awards - organised by Emergency Management Australia, a division of the Attorney-General's Department - have been presented.

Media Contact: Adam Sims, Mr McClelland's office, 0419 480 224

Alastair Wilson, EMA Media Liaison, 0408 606 462

Australian Safer Communities Awards 2007- National Award Recipients

These awards were presented by the Australian Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP and the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Bob Debus MP at Parliament House, Canberra on Thursday 14 February 2008.

Category Stream Entry organisation & name Award

Pre-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia -

Bushfire Survival Guides

Winner

Pre-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency Tasmania Fire Service - Bushfire Survival DVD project

Highly Commended

Post-Disaster Federal/State dept/agency ACT Government: State Emergency Service and Canberra Connect

Enhancing responsiveness during major emergencies

Winner

Pre-Disaster Local

Government Council of the City of Sydney, NSW Let's Get Ready Sydney

Winner

Pre-Disaster Volunteer

organisations Sassafras - Ferny Creek Fire Brigade, Victoria -

Living Safely with Bushfire

Winner

Pre-Disaster Combination of agencies Drug and Alcohol Services with Ambulance Service, South Australia

Hospitality First Responder Training

Winner

Post-Disaster Combination of agencies Maribyrnong City Council, VIC and Cube Management Solutions - Emergency Relief

(Evacuation) Centre Management Guidelines for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Groups

Winner

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

Geoscience Australia with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA - Tsunami Planning and Preparation in Western Australia

Winner

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

St John Ambulance Australia -

Developing safer communities through flexible learning

Highly Commended

Pre-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

Australian Red Cross - Personal support training

Highly Commended

Post-Disaster Projects of

National Significance

St John Ambulance Australia -

Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Project

Winner

Community Safety Focus Surf Life Saving Australia - Establishment of

the Australian Lifesaving Academy Winner

Community Safety Focus Queensland Ambulance Service in

collaboration and James Cook University -

Rural and Remote Paramedic Program

Highly Commended

Issued by Emergency Management Australia, Canberra

Media Contact: Alastair Wilson 0408 606 462

For more information about the Australian Safer Communities Awards

please refer to www.ema.gov.au and select 'Communities' - 'Safer Communities Awards'