- Primary school, firefighter, regional shire and social services advocacy group honoured in 2018 Resilient Australia WA Awards
- WA winners now finalists in the National Resilient Australia Awards
- Awards recognise community efforts at improving resilience in the face of natural disasters, emergencies and other challenges
The Western Australian Council of Social Services (WACOSS) has won the Community Award at this year's Resilient Australia WA Awards, held this evening at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The council's 'Disaster Resilient Community Organisations' project delivered training for community organisations across the State in planning for and responding to natural disasters.
Participants gained an understanding of the specific risks associated with their organisation, and identified key stakeholders to collaborate with in order to better support clients during and after emergencies.
Mindarie Primary School received the School Award for co-ordinating the 'Art of Resilience' conference after identifying practices that were disempowering students.
More than 500 delegates including community members, parents and politicians attended to hear from a diverse range of presenters about their understanding and practice of resiliency.
The Government Award went to the Shire of Cranbrook for its 'Spring into Preparedness: Family Fire Safety - Get Prepared', which aimed to educate and empower families in the Great Southern region to prepare for and build their resilience to emergencies.
The program emphasised that it would be their family, friends and community that they would be helping to keep safe in an emergency.
Armadale Fire and Rescue Service Station Officer and DFES incident photographer Evan Collis received the people's choice Photography Award with more than 950 votes for the extraordinary image he captured at the Mundaring bushfire in January.
Titled 'It's broken containment lines', the image shows Community Emergency Services Manager Rik Mills requesting fire crews be directed immediately to a section of the blaze that was about to break containment lines.
All of the winners have been entered into the National Resilient Australia Awards which will be announced later this year.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"Congratulations to the 2018 award winners for making it your mission to protect and build resilience in the community.
"Resilience is defined by our capacity to survive, and even thrive, in the face of adversity and disasters.
"When we build resilience we build strength, we build understanding of the risks we face and we build the foundation to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
"I'm extremely pleased that the value of resilience is being echoed within school communities and that young Western Australians are developing the skills to face future challenges.
"I look forward to hearing about the outcomes of these fantastic projects, as we begin to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season in the south, and cyclone and flood season in the north."
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