Building for bushfire resilience in a gallery


Coping with natural disasters Image: Cudlee Creek bushfire 2019. Photo Pia Grantham. Full story:

Building for bushfire resilience in a gallery

Less than two weeks after bushfires threatened Arthur Boyd’s iconic gift to the nation – his Riversdale property on the South Coast of NSW – Bundanon Trust has taken the first steps towards its new environmentally prepared future.

This week (29 January), the Hon Paul Fletcher, Commonwealth Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and The Arts, the Hon Don Harwin, NSW Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, jointly led a ceremony that marked the breaking of ground ahead of construction that will realise Bundanon Trust’s Masterplan, which will safely house and display its collection and expand its education and tourism functions.

At the heart of this new plan is a light-filled subterranean gallery and collection store, which will ensure that the $43 million art collection of some 4,000 items will be protected from future bushfires…


Pushback against disaster department as officials back NDRRMC set-up

RESOURCE PERSONS told a Senate committee that they support the current disaster coordination set-up as legislators heard evidence Wednesday on a measure proposing to create a Department of Disaster resilience.

The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) recommended that the government preserve the current role of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

“I believe that we have to give a chance to the NDRRMC because it has been there for just a couple of years and we can see that in recent occurrences of disasters, it is the President himself who said he is satisfied with the way the coordination of the response was done,” Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña told the panel.

“If I were to be asked, I would prefer that we maintain the NDRRMC.”

He also opposed the transfer of agencies under the DoST to the proposed Department, including the key offices that deal with weather forecasting and seismology….


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