Emergency management opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia

Emergency management opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia Conference Proceedings

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference

  • Author(s): Sangha, Kamaljit, Edwards, Andrew, Russel-Smith, Jeremy
  • Published: 2018

Abstract: Despite frequent exposure to severe natural hazards including extensive bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods, remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia typically have little engagement in managing, mitigating or planning for such hazards. The BNHCRC scenario planning project explores how remote communities can effectively and sustainably mitigate the risks of natural hazards, and develop effective partnerships with emergency management (EM) decision-making processes. This research integrates and analyses EM resources and services available through various agencies responsible for remote locations, and related EM costs. The project provides opportunities for responsible agencies to eng age and plan with remote communities to deliver efficient, cost - effective and culturally appropriate EM services. Scenario planning workshops, applying business as usual and enhanced risk mitigation scenarios, are underway involving active participation of multiple stakeholders including rangers from remote locations namely, Borroloola, Hermannsburg and Yuendumu, representatives from emergency services in the Northern Territory (NT Emergency Services, Fire and Rescue Services, Bushfires NT), the Northern an d Central Land Councils, and other local organizations. Initial discussions with rangers and Traditional Owners from the selected remote communities, representatives from the relevant EM agencies, and other interested parties have indicated keen interest f or participating in the project. Workshop discussions and associated data analyses will be presented, offering new insights into the delivery of cost - effective and improved EM services that can empower vulnerable remote communities.

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Sangha, Kamaljit, Edwards, Andrew, Russel-Smith, Jeremy, 2018, Emergency management opportunities for remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia, Conference Proceedings, viewed 16 July 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14233.

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