|Future of MECCs working group
The first meeting of the Future of MECCs working group was held this month.
The working group is chaired by Jess Freame, Director Relief and Recovery, Emergency Management Victoria. The group comprises approximately two council officers from each region, Victoria Police, Department of Health and Human Services and the MAV.
Over the next few months the group will look at the role of councils during an emergency and develop proposals for operational, policy and potentially legislative change to better suit the current role of local government. The rest of the sector will be kept informed and consulted throughout the process.
Melbourne Water flood strategy update
Melbourne Water will soon release a draft flood management strategy for the Port Phillip and Westernport region, to update the 2007 strategy.
Following consultation last year, Melbourne Water and the MAV have been facilitating stakeholder workshops with councils to refine and develop content and actions.
Melbourne Water are now preparing a draft strategy for public exhibition. Consultation on this draft will take place soon so watch this space.
Further information is available online, or by emailing email@example.com.
Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group planning day
Council representatives from across the state came together in March to discuss the future of the Municipal Emergency Management Enhancement Group (MEMEG).
Representatives from Local Government Victoria, Emergency Management Victoria and the MAV also attended.
The aim of the day was to develop a five-year plan for MEMEG. The discussion was captured by Cube Consulting and will help form the strategic plan.
The plan will be circulated to partner agencies for their input and feedback shortly.
Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate Report 2014
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has released its Annual Climate Report 2014.
The report found that 2014 was Australia’s third warmest on record, with several heatwaves recorded across the country.
For Victoria the report found:
- There was lower than average rainfall, with rainfall in western Victoria particularly low
- Most months throughout the year recorded higher than average temperatures
- There were several severe storms, including increased snow in alpine areas.
BoM has also released its autumn outlook, which warns of higher temperatures and lower rainfall.
100 Resilient Cities: roundtables
Last year it was announced that Melbourne was included in the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative, an independent organisation fully funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The City of Melbourne hosts the 100RC Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), however the focus of the initiative is on greater Melbourne.
As part of the first phase of the initiative councils, businesses, academics, infrastructure providers and environment agencies, along with the community sector and State departments have gathered at a number of sector-specific roundtables over the last month. The final roundtable for council CEOs was held last week and was chaired by MAV CEO Rob Spence.
Participants in the roundtable meetings were asked to identify the factors that they believe are most important for Melbourne’s resilience. Participants were also asked to rate Melbourne’s current and expected future performance against each factor.
The results from these roundtables will be used to identify a few focus areas to investigate in greater depth, that have the potential to profoundly influence the resilience of our metropolitan region in coming decades.
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
This year’s conference focused on a shift from disaster management to risk management. A key discussion was held around the importance of preparedness in saving lives and reducing costs.
The conference identified the work of local government and UN entities in paving the way toward focusing on preparedness and risk management approaches.
The conference culminated in the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Framework outlines seven global targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
Safety plan for girls and women at risk of forced marriage
A how-to guide for women and girls at risk of forced marriage has been developed by the Australian Government’s Attorney-General’s Department.
The guide includes information on:
- How to get ready to leave home quickly and safely
- How to make sure they are not being taken overseas without consent
- How to secretly purchase a cheap mobile phone
- Developing and using 'safe' words that can confirm identity.
The guide also includes a form prompting women to provide details including what documents to take if leaving home quickly.