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Collect your free emergency wallet and preparation guide

Agnes Water Library 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday 7th November 2016 - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Collect your free emergency wallet and preparation guide

Boyne Island Library Monday 7th November 2016 - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Fire and Water - Get Ready Games & Movies - March 2017

Thursday Island Sports Complex, Loban street Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Friday 31st March 2017

RACQ Get Ready Week
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RACQ Get Ready Week is timed to raise awareness about disaster preparedness as the State heads towards the annual storm and cyclone season. RACQ Get Ready Week was launched by the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane’s CBD on Monday 10 October.

The launch featured the Bureau of Meteorology’s 2016–17 summer seasonal outlook and was held in conjunction with the RACQ Get Ready Queensland Pop-Up Town – an event that showcased organisations that provide vital assistance to the community during and after a natural disaster strikes.

Check your local council websites too to see how your community is celebrating the strength of Queenslanders. Council contact details can be found in the Queensland Government’s Local Government Directory.

Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2016
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Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2016

Winners for the 2016 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards have been announced.

The 2016 winners are:

  • Resilient Australia Community Award – Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village
    • Carlyle Gardens Retirement Village Disaster Preparedness
  • Resilient Australia Business Award – Suncorp Group
    • Protecting the north
  • Resilient Australia Government Award – Sunshine Coast Council
    • The Sunshine Coast Council disaster hub
  • Resilient Australia Photography award – Karin Calvert

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Bob Jaecocke – Photograph by Karin Calvert

Category winners will now vie for the national Resilient Australia Awards to be announced in late 2016.

Judges also awarded commendations in two categories:

Resilient Australia Community Award – Highly Commended

  • Fitzroy Basin Association Incorporated – Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald On-farm Productivity and Riparian Restoration Program
  • Green Cross Australia – Business Adaptation Network

Resilient Australia Government Award – Highly Commended

  • Bundaberg Regional Council – Burnett River Floodplain Action Plan
  • Cairns Regional Council ­ What is a Disaster Resilient City?

The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program which recognises and promotes initiatives which strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation, making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any emergency situation. By celebrating innovation and exemplary practice, the awards showcase work that is often unseen, motivating others to think about how they can be better prepared and more disaster resilient.

The national award categories are:

  • Resilient Australia National Award
  • Resilient Australia National School Award
  • Resilient Australia National Photography Award.

Who won in 2015?

Queensland celebrated two winners in the 2015 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards and one people’s choice winner in the Resilient Australia Photography Award.

  • GIVIT – Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Community Award winner
  • Livingstone Shire Council – Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Government Award winner
  • Mr Darrin Leonard – Resilient Australia Photography Award finalist

Spread the word

Next year will present new opportunities to celebrate great work happening now in keeping Queensland safe.

Follow RACQ Get Ready Queensland on Facebook and Twitter, and look out for our hashtag, #GRQRAA.

For further information on the Resilient Australia Awards please email getready@qld.gov.au.

Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards 2015 recipients
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on Wednesday 16th September 2015

Winners

GIVIT – Resilient Australia Community Award winner

GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way. GIVIT’s vision is to match generosity with genuine need. GIVIT’s ’Disaster Recovery Service’ business model is a ’virtual warehouse’ that manages donations of goods and services online. In times of disaster it matches donations to requests for assistance from front-line agencies and councils, arrangements are then made for the goods to go directly from the donor to the recipient.

This service strengthens resilience within communities by ensuring communities get exactly what they need when they need it most, while protecting the dignity and privacy of the recipient.

It supports economic recovery by purchasing locally wherever possible and enables services to focus on essential support by reducing the need to manage unwanted donations.

LIVINGSTONE SHIRE COUNCIL – Resilient Australia Government Award winner

Livingstone Shire Council’s resilient project, ’Cyclone Marcia Recovery Taskforce’ was a project that engaged all tiers of government, local service providers, local industry and business and community to create long term partnerships, including issue specific sub-committees which specifically focus on building resilience for disaster events.

The initiative provided a catalyst for a holistic appraisal of the economic, social and environmental health of the Livingstone Shire and its capacity to respond to issues which have the potential to disrupt or fracture the community; be it a natural disaster, a social problem (for example domestic violence) or a general downturn in the economy.

Livingstone Shire Council Disaster Hub

Resilient Australia Photography Award 2016

Queensland Finalist

Mr Darrin Leonard of the Tableands – ’Ravenshoe Cafe Explosion’

The winners were automatically submitted as finalists in the national judging for recognition in the nationwide 2015 Resilient Australia Awards. Queensland’s GIVIT was awarded the highest honour receiving the 2015 Resilient Australia Award during a ceremony in Canberra with Minister for Justice and Minister for Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, the Honourable Michael Keenan MP, and the Member for Brisbane, the Honourable Teresea Gambaro MP.

High Commendation recipients for 2015;

  • Cairns Regional Council – Schools Ready Cairns.
  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority – Delivering Betterment in Queensland.
  • Redland City Council – Online disaster plan.
  • Southern Downs Regional Council – Killarney and Stanthorpe flood action guides.
  • Western Downs Regional Council – Mercy Pedestrian Bridge.
  • Gold Coast City Council – Hinze Dam stage 2 (HD2) Policy.
  • Tablelands Regional Council – Exercise Bright Spark.
  • Burdekin Shire Council – Multi-purpose building/cyclone shelter.
  • Townsville Regional Council – Is your health disaster ready?

Commendation recipients for 2015;

  • Rockhampton Regional Council – Rockhampton creeks catchment flood modelling.
  • Somerset Regional Council – Somerset region disaster management system.
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Agnes Water Library 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday 7th November 2016 - Tuesday 31st January 2017

In an evacuation it is imperative you have important documents – like insurance and banking records – ready to grab and go. Residents and visitors to the Gladstone Region are urged to collect a free waterproof document wallet from any Gladstone Regional Library and use it to store important records in their evacuation kits. ’Ready?’ guides to preparing for natural disasters and emergencies in the Gladstone Region are also available for collection.

For more information visit our website
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Boyne Island Library Monday 7th November 2016 - Tuesday 31st January 2017

In an evacuation it is imperative you have important documents – like insurance and banking records – ready to grab and go. Residents and visitors to the Gladstone Region are urged to collect a free waterproof document wallet from any Gladstone Regional Library and use it to store important records in their evacuation kits. ’Ready?’ guides to preparing for natural disasters and emergencies in the Gladstone Region are also available for collection.

For more information visit our website
Redlands Get Ready Queensland School Displays - February 2017
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Wednesday 1st February 2017 - Tuesday 28th February 2017

The SES and Redland City Council is raising awareness by providing information in line with emergency management and preparation of home emergency plans at Redland City schools in February 2017.

Redlands - SES and Urban Fire Brigade Street Meets - March 2017
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Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Friday 31st March 2017

The SES and Urban Fire Brigade display and community engagement commences March 2017 at Redland City shopping centres.

Fire and Water - Get Ready Games & Movies - March 2017
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Thursday Island Sports Complex, Loban street Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Friday 31st March 2017

This event will be held at the Thursday Island sports complex in March 2017.

Emergency Service agencies will provide demonstrations of their work through games and activities relating to fire and water safety followed by a free BBQ, a raffle of safety equipment & emergency kits and two themed movies!

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