In this issue:                                                                     January 2015

Melbourne Water consultation
Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group planning day
Climate change projections for Australia
Call for abstracts AFAC 2015
Emergency Management Common Operating Picture update
Expressions of interest: disaster resilience and the community sector
Productivity Commission Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding
Call for abstracts: Nature Conservation Council Bushfire Conference
Events

Melbourne Water consultation

This month the MAV hosted a workshop to support Melbourne Water with their local government engagement strategy, and to identify council priorities for the 2015 Melbourne Flood Strategy, currently under development.

Melbourne Water is seeking council involvement in the strategy drafting process and has called for nominations for a technical working group. For more information, contact Emma Lake.

Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group planning day

The Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group (MEMEG) will hold a strategic planning day in March. A steering committee – consisting of MEMEG and council emergency management collaboration representatives has been convened to plan the day.

The planning day will focus on the role of MEMEG and of councils more generally in the reformed emergency management sector.

The planning day will culminate in the development of a five-year strategic plan for MEMEG.

Climate change projections for Australia

The CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology released their climate change projections this week. The projections provide updated regional and national information on how climate change will affect Australia in the 21st Century.

For Victoria this is highly likely to include more hot days and fewer frosts. Overall annual rainfall is likely to reduce, however the intensity of extreme rainfall events is likely to increase.

More information about these projections can be found online.

Call for abstracts AFAC 2015

The 2015 Australian Fire Authorities Conference (AFAC) will be held in Adelaide between 1 – 3 September.

This year’s theme is New Directions in Emergency Management. This theme will be explored through six streams: Supporting our People – Challenging our Culture; The Science and Modelling of Hazards; The Challenge of Information Management; Building Community and Disaster Resilience; Working Together – Reform of the EM Sector; and Shared Responsibility. A call for abstracts for presentations in each of these themes is open until 16 February.

Registration for the conference is also open and early-bird rates apply until 26 June.

Emergency Management Common Operating Picture update

The Emergency Management Common Operating Picture (EM-COP) is now live and was available for use this summer at state and regional levels.

While it was not used this summer in Incident Control Centres or by first responders, data from existing systems will feed into EM-COP when available.

Until the system is rolled out more widely, Incident Management Teams (IMT) and incident staff will have access to a specially-developed EM-COP training site to familiarise themselves with the system.

Regional and State Control Teams will have access to both the EM-COP incident site and EM-COP training site. The EM-COP project team will continue providing further training as required for Regional and State Control teams over summer.

The MAV is a member of the EM-COP Multi Agency Implementation Group. This group is well underway in scoping and developing individual agency implementation plans.

Expressions of interest: disaster resilience and the community sector

Under a National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) program, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) will be developing and piloting a disaster resilience and response program, and benchmarking systems for the Australian community services sector. These will be piloted in north-western Victoria, as well as three other diverse sites across Australia.

Projects under NEMP support the implementation of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, including measures to strengthen communities, individuals, business and institutions to minimise the adverse effects of disasters on Australia. The projects are designed to improve the ability to prevent, prepare, respond to and recover from disasters across social, economic, environmental and governance elements.

The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) is seeking advice from councils regarding community service organisations that might be eligible for this project. For more information about the pilot program, contact Bridget Tehan.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Natural Disaster Funding is now complete. The report was submitted to the Federal Government on 17 December 2014.

The release of the final report by the Federal Government is the next step in the process. Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

When the government releases the report it will be available for download from the Productivity Commission website.

Call for abstracts: Nature Conservation Council Bushfire Conference

The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) of NSW is holding its 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference on 26-27 May with the theme, Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands.

The NCC is calling for abstracts for oral papers, speed talks and posters. The deadline for abstracts is 4 February.

This two-day, multi-disciplinary fire management conference will focus on how fire can be used to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, restore ecological integrity and reinstate resilience into the environment and the community.

Detailed information on abstracts and conference themes can be found online.

Upcoming MAV events...

18 February

Social enterprise and local government forum

19 February

Social media for rural and regional councils

26 February

Building inclusive communities

 

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