Applications are now open for the Commonwealth Government’s 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.
Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen MP said now in its 17th year, the awards recognise and promote initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience.
“Disaster resilience is about making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters,” Mr van Manen said.
“In my electorate of Forde we have witnessed first-hand the destructive impact natural disasters can have on residents and businesses in our community, and recognise the importance of working together to build resilience.”
Mr van Manen said the floods that devastated Queensland in 2011 and 2013 served as a reminder of just how important it is to be prepared for a natural disaster.
“When our region and neighbouring communities were hit by flooding, it brought out the best in our community, with people coming together to offer support and assistance to others,” Mr van Manen said.
“It was also a reminder of how important it is to be prepared, and a good opportunity to look at how we can improve disaster resilience.
“By celebrating innovation and best practice, the Resilient Australia Awards showcase work that is often unrecognised, inspiring others to think about how they can be more disaster resilient.”
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Australian Government is proud to sponsor these awards with the states and territories, which will help communities to bounce back from the effects of future natural disasters.
“Whether you’re an individual or a group, the Australian Government wants to hear about how you have made your community safer, stronger and better prepared,” Mr Keenan said.
“I look forward to joining with Bert van Manen to recognise and promote the vision, passion and hard work of this year’s applicants.”
The awards are open to all Australians – individuals, not for profit organisations, small and large businesses, local and state government, schools, education institutions, research bodies, and emergency service agencies.
Applications are open until June 9, 2016. For more information and to apply online go to https://resilient.awardsplatform.com/