Hope for natural disaster-stricken Aussies as $ 600 million put into renovating homes and strengthening defenses ahead of future floods, fires and cyclones
- Thousands of Aussies have suffered from fires, floods and cyclones lately
- The federal government establishes a National Recovery and Resilience Agency
- The agency will spend $ 600 million on improving the defenses going forward
Australians vulnerable to wildfires, floods and cyclones could upgrade their homes to make them more resilient with new federal funding to combat natural disasters.
In the wake of this year’s horrific 2019 wildfires and floods and cyclones, Scott Morrison creates the National Recovery and Resilience Agency to respond to future disasters.
The agency will receive $ 600 million for strengthening regional community defenses and training emergency services to deal with disasters.
Australians whose homes are vulnerable to wildfires, floods and cyclones could have them upgraded to make them more resilient. Pictured: The Gospers Mountain Fire in December 2019
Projects include forest fire and cyclone control houses, construction dikes and improving resilience of telecommunications and essential supplies.
The new agency was recommended by the Royal Commission on Natural Disasters and will start operating on July 1.
Led by Coordinator General Shane Stone, it brings together the former National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency, including the $ 2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund.
The agency will support the long-term recovery of communities devastated by recent storms and floods in New South Wales and Queensland and cyclones in Western Australia.
‘Over the past two years, Australians have faced floods, wildfires, cyclones, drought and now the Covid-19 pandemic and I am committed to keeping Australians safe and supporting the recovery of communities and regions across Australia,’ said Scott Morrison.
As part of the reforms, Emergency Management Australia will receive support to upgrade its National Situation Room with a real-time ‘common operational picture’ for all natural disasters.
Projects include forest fire and cyclone control houses, construction dikes and improving resilience of telecommunications and essential supplies. Pictured: Cyclone Damaged Buildings April in Kalbarri, WA
Meanwhile, $ 4.5 million is being spent on it Disaster recovery scenario training to help regional communities prepare for high-risk hazards.
“This funding will provide accredited training for people working in disaster recovery and two pilot resilience hubs to coordinate regional training and capacity development at all levels of government in responding to a natural disaster,” said Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud. .
The government is also setting up The Australian Climate Service – staffed by top scientists – to help predict when a disaster might occur.
“We are facing more extreme weather conditions as a result of the changing climate and the point is that we are prepared and can take steps to make our communities more resilient,” said Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
The service will be a collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, ABS and Geoscience Australia.
‘I am committed to keeping Australians safe and supporting the recovery of communities and regions across Australia,’ said Scott Morrison