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Budget 2008: Building more resilient communities to meet the challenges of the 21st century.



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Building More Resilient Communities to Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

Media release

13 May 2008

The Rudd Government will provide $42.6 million over four years to help communities become more resilient to threats and disasters, both man-made and natural.

Emergency Management Australia’s Natural Disaster Mitigation Program will receive $19.2 million in the next twelve months to help States, Territories and local councils prepare for disasters. This program provides an excellent opportunity for all levels of government, working in partnership, to reduce the toll that natural disasters wreak on Australia’s communities.

“This program looks beyond disaster response towards cost-effective, evidence-based disaster anticipation and mitigation,” Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.

“This will include funding for projects involving structural works to protect against damage such as levees, retarding basins and channel improvements as well as funding permanent fire breaks and disaster warning systems. It will also provide funding for natural disaster risk management studies and strategies.

“After the devastating floods in New South Wales and Queensland earlier this year, and with the reality of climate change upon us, it is clear that the better we become at preparing for and mitigating against disasters, the less adverse impact they will have on Australian communities.”

Australia’s critical infrastructure will also be better protected, with the Budget delivering $23.4 million over four years to provide a cutting-edge Critical Infrastructure Protection Modelling and Analysis (CIPMA) capability. This funding

consists of $15.2 million for the Attorney-General’s Department, $7.4 million for the Department of Defence, and $0.8 million for Geoscience Australia. The Budget also allocates funding to maintain the Trusted Information Sharing Network (TISN) for Critical Infrastructure Protection.

CIPMA is a world-leading computer program which will enable sophisticated modelling to be undertaken of the consequences of different disasters and threats to ensure better preparation and more effective responses. Working families will benefit as essential services such as electricity, gas, water, health and banking become more resilient.

“This funding will ensure the current pilot CIPMA program becomes an operational part of Australia’s national security architecture,” Mr McClelland said.

“Industry has been instrumental to the success of the pilot program. This funding will deliver CIPMA reports to the current priority areas of finance, communications and energy. The inclusion of other critical sectors will be considered in mid-2009.”

The Budget demonstrates the Rudd Government’s commitment to building more resilient communities to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Media Contact: Adam Sims (02) 6277 7300, 0419 480 224