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Blue Mountains bushfire class action: “We don’t know what caused the fire”

bushfireThe electricity company accused of responsibility for a devastating bushfire in the lower Blue Mountains last year says it still does not know what actually sparked the blaze. The fire which ripped through Springwood and Winmalee on October 17 completely destroyed 193 houses and partially damaged approximately 200 more. Hundreds of residents have launched a $200 million class action against Endeavour Energy, alleging that poor tree maintenance by the company was to blame…

 

Study reveals features of resilience and thriving amongst high achievers

In the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours to be announced this week, a number of ‘high achievers’ will be rewarded for the roles they conduct and perform. But what personal qualities allow successful people to operate and function in highly pressurised work environments? Academics from Loughborough University have conducted research into resilience and thriving – two increasingly significant areas of inquiry in the psychosocial sciences – amongst high performers from eleven different professions…

 

Drought does more damage

PORT MORESBY, PNG —- About 60 per cent of all natural disasters that strike Pacific Island countries are climate change related. This was revealed by UN Women Pacific representative, Cecilia Aipiri during the week-long Pacific partnerships to strengthen gender, climate change response and sustainable development workshop at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. “4 per cent of all disasters are man-made and 36 per cent is geological,” she said. According to Aipiri, droughts affected islanders more than flooding or cyclones…

 

Resilience: Working together to build a more resilient Australia

...more resources by Australian Red Cross for young people...

…more resources by Australian Red Cross for young people…

In Australia, the total cost of natural disasters is estimated to be $6.3 billion annually. These costs impact everybody — individuals, businesses, communities and all levels of government whether directly affected by disaster or not. The Federal Government’s announcement that there will be a Productivity Commission inquiry into national funding arrangements for disaster resilience is a critical step toward addressing ballooning costs and to shift the paradigm in which we approach disaster mitigation. It is an important development away from reactive response to preparedness…

 

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