Inspirational projects to build the resilience of Queensland communities to natural disasters were celebrated at the 2021 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards held in Brisbane this evening.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Development, Local Government, Infrastructure and Planning Steven Miles congratulated the 56 entrants in all six categories – a record number of submissions and the highest number of all Australian states for 2021.
“The people of Queensland are affected by more disasters than any other state in Australia and we are renowned for our ability to support each other to recover and rebuild, and Queensland’s nominations for the Resilient Australia Awards show why,” said M Miles.
“Many contributions this year have focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing the most vulnerable members of our community and I have been touched by the efforts individuals and organizations have taken to take care for our community in difficult times.
“The quality of this year’s nominations is underlined by the announcement of joint winners in three of the six categories and nine highly recommended projects through the awards.
“Among the winning projects was the Elders and Vulnerable People Initiative of the Wujal Wujal County Aboriginal Council in the Local Government category.
“The project involved translating disaster awareness resources into the Kuku Yalanji language, creating and delivering emergency kits to vulnerable people before the rainy season, and moving dialysis patients to Cooktown when a disaster looms.
“The co-winner in the Local Government category was the Mackay Regional Council for its work to improve the safety and well-being of people with disabilities during disasters by training 100 service providers for people with disabilities and distributing 4,000 workbooks to help people with disabilities create tailor-made emergency plans, ”he said. .
In the Community category, the Townsville Community Rebuild Project was a co-winner for its work bringing together 14 organizations to help 47 vulnerable households with psychological support and home repairs after the low monsoon in North and Far North Queensland. in 2019.
The Australian Red Cross was the second community winner for its development of multilingual disaster preparedness, advocacy and research resources to help culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders prepare for, cope with and recover from disasters.
The three joint winners in the schools category included Longreach State High with its Midwest Wellness Day; Pimlico State High with its iCare response to supporting student well-being during online learning and its innovative “the show must go on” response; and Roma’s St John’s School for their heartwarming discussion on mental health as students, families and the wider community grapple with the long-term impacts of the drought and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queensland Reconstruction Authority chief executive Brendan Moon said the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services received the government award for establishing the Happy Valley Community Bushfire Risk Management Project in partnership with community members on Fraser Island.
“One of the most exciting winners was the Queensland start-up FloodMapp, which won the Business Award for developing real-time flood modeling software to help predict peak river heights and flooding, ”Moon said.
“Meanwhile, the fire captured the public imagination with Ben Brackin’s image of a volunteer firefighter battling a grass fire between Gladstone and Yarwun winning the popular vote for best photograph.
“I would like to congratulate all the laureates for their innovative approaches to disaster management and resilience building.
The Queensland Chapter of the Resilient Australia Awards is delivered by Get Ready Queensland, the Queensland government’s all-hazards disaster awareness program, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience.
Selected projects will go on to the National Resilient Australia Award ceremony at the end of 2021.
The full list of Queensland winners and highly recommended entrants is available at www.getready.qld.gov.au/2021-Resilient-Australia-Awards-Queensland-Winners.
Photos of the award winners will be available from 9 a.m. on Thursday 7 October at the following link 2021 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards.