In this issue:                                                                     July, 2014

Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy
Call for abstracts - Flood Forum Victoria
Inspector-General for Emergency Management announced
Emergency Management Victoria update and forums
EMV Interim Strategic Action Plan
Backup generators to residential care facilities
Fire Awareness Awards 2014
Assess and build your community’s disaster resilience
Black Saturday – five years on community consultation
Australian Journal of Emergency Management
Engineers Australia Convention 2014

Draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy

The MAV has been developing its submission in response to the draft Victorian Floodplain Management Strategy (VFMS). Councils are encouraged to also submit individual responses.

The MAV’s draft submission is based on discussions with council officers over the last few weeks, and draws on feedback received through the Victorian Flood Review (VFR) and Environment and Natural Resources Committee Inquiry into Flood Mitigation Infrastructure in Victoria.

Submissions to the draft VFMS are due 11 August and should be sent to DEPI. For more information about the MAV’s submission, contact Emma Lake.

Call for abstracts - Flood Forum Victoria

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority is hosting Flood Forum Victoria in Mildura on 13-14 November.

Consultants, researchers, council officers and anyone with an interest in floods and floodplain management are invited to submit abstracts for presentations.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to 11 August. The committee is particularly interested in receiving abstracts on lessons learned from recent floods and climate adaptation strategies.

For further information, or to submit an abstract, please contact Michelle Kelly on 5051 4377.

Inspector-General for Emergency Management announced

Tony Pearce was announced as Victoria’s first Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM) this week. Tony is a former Director General of Emergency Management Australia, and more recently, Acting Director Risk & Resilience Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).

The IGEM will operate independently of EMV and will monitor its performance, as well as the emergency management sector more broadly.

The MAV would like to congratulate Tony Pearce on his appointment as Victoria’s first IGEM.

Emergency Management Victoria update and forums

EMV’s most recent update outlines the arrangements for bringing together staff from the Fire Services Commissioner’s Office, State Control Centre and Department of Justice Emergency Management Division, and Integrated Fire Management Planning into one organisation.

As well as being the Deputy Commissioner, Tony Murphy has been appointed Director of Capability and Response. The names of the remaining five directorates will be announced shortly.

EMV is also holding a series of metropolitan and regional workshops in the coming weeks and places are filling quickly.

These forums will provide an opportunity to learn more about EMV, and will be attended by the Emergency Management Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, the EMV Chief Executive and the Inspector-General for Emergency Management.

Forum details are:

Melbourne - Monday 4 August, 11am-12:30pm (booked out)
Swan Hill -Tuesday 5 August , 11am-12:30pm
Ringwood – Wednesday 13 August, 10am-11:30am (booked out)
Ararat - Tuesday 19 August, 1pm-2:30pm
Benalla - Friday 22 August, 11am-12:30pm
Colac – Wednesday 27 August, 1pm-2:30pm
Melbourne – Thursday 28 August, 9am-10:30am

The password for registration is ‘emergency’.

EMV Interim Strategic Action Plan

Under the Emergency Management Act 2013, the State Crisis and Resilience Council (SCRC) is responsible for developing a three-year rolling Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan (SAP).

The SAP will drive the Victorian Government’s emergency management reform agenda, set priorities, and assist in determining investment decisions.

The three-year rolling plan will be in place in 2015 and will maintain a strategic focus on strengthening Victoria’s emergency management capability under three key themes: Risk and Resilience; Capability and Response; and Relief and Recovery.

An interim SAP has been developed to bridge the gap between the Fire Services Reform Action Plan and the Emergency Management SAP. The interim SAP can be found here.

Backup generators to residential care facilities

The State Government is providing grants through the Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund (LIAF) to help ensure vulnerable members of our community are not put at risk from power outages.

The fund pays for all costs associated with the purchase and installation of a backup diesel generator. The new generators are intended to help minimise the risk of power outages for residential care facilities during the bushfire season, and all year round.

The LIAF is part of the State Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program, and stage three is opening in Northeast Victoria as well as West and South Gippsland on 1 August. Residential care facilities in Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Baw Baw, Latrobe, South Gippsland, and Wellington councils are encouraged to apply.

Applications for stage three will close on 11 September. For more information or to register your interest contact DSDBI.

Fire Awareness Awards 2014

The Fire Awareness Awards recognise the work of individuals, groups and organisations to reduce the effect of fires in Victoria.

Entries are now open and close on 30 September.

The awards are an opportunity for individuals, groups and organisations to showcase their innovative projects. To be eligible to enter the nominated project must be carried out between 28 September 2013 and 30 September 2014. Eligible projects can address: fire preparedness, safety, awareness, prevention, response or recovery.

Assess and build your community’s disaster resilience

The Community Disaster Resilience Toolkit has been developed for communities to enable them to self-assess their potential disaster resilience, and to enable a springboard for a resilience building action plan.

The toolkit was developed by the Torrens Resilience Institute (TRI) in 2013 in line with the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience.

The TRI has been awarded funds through the 2013-14 round of the National Emergency Management Projects scheme to evaluate the impact of implementing the toolkit.

Community members are invited to take part in this evaluation project that will run over the next 12 months. To participate, a community will need to form a leadership group to complete a Community Resilience Scorecard, following the steps in the toolkit.

Completion of the scorecard is required by December. The TRI project team will follow up early in 2015 to gain an understanding of how the toolkit worked towards building resilience in each community.

The TRI team is organising a teleconference through which people will be able to learn more about participating. For further information, contact Malinda Steenkamp from TRI on (08) 8201 7645.

Black Saturday – five years on community consultation

The State Government has released its response to the Report to the Victorian Government of the 2009 Bushfire-affected Communities – five year consultation.

The report, written by Ben Hubbard, former CEO of the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA), was informed through consultation with community members from the regions most affected by the 2009 bushfires including Marysville, Kinglake Ranges, Flowerdale, Strathewen, Whittlesea, St Andrews, Yarra Glen and Traralgon.

The report has found that those who have had to rebuild homes and businesses, especially home-based businesses, still experience considerable personal strain in their recovery.

The report has also found that most of residents who were surveyed believe the community programs and infrastructure put in place in the aftermath of the fires were an important investment in collective recovery.

Australian Journal of Emergency Management

The July issue of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management is now available.

This quarter’s issue includes articles on integrating disaster preparedness and resilience, disaster resilience and homelessness, and urban planning and disaster.

From 2015 the AJEM will offer a paid subscription for the delivery of hardcopy versions of the journal, while electronic subscriptions will remain free.

Engineers Australia Convention 2014

Registration is now open for the Engineers Australia Convention 2014.

A concession rate is available for Engineering Australia members. The conference will include a full day session on Practical Responses to Climate Change.

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