In this issue:                                                                     August 2015

Residents surveyed on bushfire recovery
Real-time monitoring and evaluation forum
Push for dedicated telco signal for emergency services
Bushfire mitigation funding boost
$12.5 million boost for emergency services volunteer groups
Real-time bushfire monitoring satellite system by Geoscience Australia

Residents surveyed on bushfire recovery

Beginning this August the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM), Tony Pearce, will invite a number of residents living in areas affected by the February-March 2014 bushfires to share their views about the recovery process.

The survey will involve randomly-selected residents from East Gippsland Shire Council and Hume City Council, and will establish how Victorians were affected by the bushfires.

The IGEM will also consult with representatives from the emergency management sector, subject matter experts, and relevant research entities to inform this review, which will be completed by the end of the year.

Real-time monitoring and evaluation forum

Approximately 50 emergency management personnel, including representatives from councils and the MAV, attended a forum last month to discuss real-time monitoring and evaluation activities being undertaken across the sector, and to discuss opportunities to collaborate in future programs.

The forum was run by the State Review Team, which is the overarching group that provides guidance and coordination of review, debrief, monitoring, lessons management, and performance improvement activities across the emergency management sector, for all hazards.

The State Team will now use the outcomes from the forum to develop a plan for the next 1 - 3 years.

For further information, please contact the State Review Team.

Push for dedicated telco signal for emergency services

The Victorian Government is advocating to the Federal Government to give emergency services a dedicated telecommunications spectrum for use during major disasters.

This is being driven by the clogging of the network during emergencies, creating many issues for the emergency services trying to communicate effectively during these events.

Other countries have dedicated spectrums for such situations, and the Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley has supported the push.

Bushfire mitigation funding boost

The Victorian Government has stated they will match the $2.7 million, three year funding that the Federal Government has distributed as part of their National Bushfire Mitigation Programme.

Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett said the funding is being provided to support activities such as Victoria’s first state bushfire management strategy, an enhanced fire protection programme using fuel reduction burns, upgrading fire trails and facilitating a targeted grants programme to support local bushfire mitigation initiatives.

$12.5 million boost for emergency services volunteer groups

The State Government has announced the outcomes of the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants, which have offered grants of up to $100,000, contributing $2 for every $1 contributed by local volunteer groups.

Real-time bushfire monitoring satellite system by Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia is creating a real-time information platform that will use satellite information to track the progress of bushfire hotspots across Australia.

This service will be designed to give up-to-date information to emergency services and the public every 10 minutes, which will be in addition to the tools available to develop a strategic response around bushfire events in Australia.

The Federal Government initially allocated $250,000 from the National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) program to fund the Sentinel bushfire monitoring system, which is planned to be in place by mid-2016.

Upcoming MAV events...

3 - 4 September

MAV Procurement Leaders Conference

10 - 11 September

The Future of Local Food Conference

10 - 12 September

Timber Towns Victoria Regional Tour


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