Geoscience Australia commended at national safety awards
6 December 2005
At Parliament House on 1 December, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced that Geoscience Australia has received a 'highly commended' award in the pre-disaster category of the annual Australian Safer Communities Awards.
The national awards, which recognise people and organisations for best practice and innovation in emergency management, are judged from winners of State and Territory elimination rounds across the country.
This is the first year that the Safer Communities Awards included an organisational stream for entries on projects considered of national significance. Of the four entries in the pre-disaster category of this new stream, the judges decided that three entries — all involving Geoscience Australia — should receive an award.
The three projects recognised were:
- Collaborative 100K Mapping Pilot for Emergency Management: the '100K pilot' project was developed by Geoscience Australia in response to concerns of emergency managers on outdated maps.
- Cities Project Perth: this Geoscience Australia project conducted in collaboration with Western Australian agencies is a natural hazard risk assessment study which estimated the impact on the Perth community of several, sudden onset natural hazards.
- Scenario Modelling for the Assessment of National Catastrophic Disaster Capability: four extreme event scenarios developed by Geoscience Australia on behalf of the Australian Emergency Management Committee to evaluate national capacity to respond to extreme or catastrophic disasters.
"These awards highlight the level of dedication and commitment of organisations to keeping our communities safe," said Mr Ruddock.
This is the sixth year of the Australian Safer Communities Awards, which are managed by Australian Emergency Management.
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