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Resilient Australia Awards 2015

resilient australia awardsEver year, Australian communities face devastating losses caused by disasters. Disasters can have significant physical, emotional and economic impacts, changing the lives of many people and cause many millions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage. The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program to recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation. The awards cover all aspects of community safety and resilience with an emergency management focus…

 

Regional Approaches to Resilience

Disaster can strike anywhere. In recent years, the country has experienced record floods in the Midwest, drought in the West, tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast, wildfires in the Southwest, and blizzards in the Northeast. In 2011 alone, the country endured 16 separate weather and climate events that caused at least $1 billion in damage, not to mention the long-term impacts felt by residents and businesses as communities continue to rebuild and recover. In addition to these natural disasters, communities throughout the country are also faced with the ripple effects of the Great Recession and the ongoing economic disruptions of our changing global economy. Whether it’s diversifying the regional economy away from a declining sector, or dealing with the impacts of a military base realignment or the shuttering of a major employer, many communities are currently attempting to transition their economies in order to recover from these disruptive events – all while wondering if and when it is going to happen again…

 

‘Rwanda is proof of Africa’s resilience’

Cape Town – Rwanda was proof that Africa could “rise even from the ashes”, the Great Lakes nation’s minister of finance and economic planning, Claver Gatete said on Friday as he invited delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa to its next session in Gitare. Rwanda has averaged annual economic growth of just under eight percent in the period since 2000 and was repeatedly cited at the two-day event as an example of how to facilitate foreign direct investment. In 1994, the country was the theatre of the worst genocide in recent history as up to a million Tsutsis and moderate Hutus were butchered in less that three months…

 

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