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Man dies in NSW bushfires trying to defend his home

The death of a Central Coast man who was defending his home from the bushfires is the worst outcome anyone could have wanted, New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell says. Mr O’Farrell says his sympathy is with the family of the man, who collapsed from a heart attack outside his Munmorah home and died in Wyong hospital on Thursday afternoon. “That’s the worst that anyone wants to happen and we send our sympathy to his family,” Mr O’Farrell told journalists at Rural Fire Service headquarters.


NSW bushfires: dozens of homes destroyed, Sydney skies darkened

Hundreds of homes may have been lost after New South Wales suffered one of its worst bushfire days in recent memory on Thursday. Intense fires tore across south-eastern Australia in ferocious wind conditions and high temperatures, darkening Sydney’s skies with smoke and ash. Thousands of people have been evacuated as emergency warnings are in place for bushfires burning out of control near Lithgow and Springwood in the Blue Mountains, and Heatherbrae near Newcastle…


Bushfires in NSW ‘worst in more than a decade

Around 100 fires broke out across the state, ranging from Lismore and Tenterfield in NSW’s north, to Gloucester and Taree and the Great Lakes on the coast, the Blue Mountains, south to Camden, Wingecarribee near Moss Vale and the Shoalhaven. The fires destroyed homes, pastures and set a petrol station on fire near Wyong. Roads were closed across the state, with back ups of up to 20km on the Hume Highway…


Sharing responsibility for implementing the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience

A key message out of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) is that building a disaster resilient Australia is the shared responsibility of “governments, businesses, not-for-profit, communities and individuals”. Yet while there is wide support for this position, a lot more work needs to be done to better understand how stakeholders can share responsibility for disaster resilience effectively and fairly.  This one-day workshop used an interactive format to explore the meaning of ‘shared responsibility’ for the implementation of the NSDR

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