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GAD Pod wins 2019 Victorian
Resilient Australia Community Award!
The Resilient Australia Awards (RAA) for Victoria were held as part of this year’s Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience conference in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

These Awards celebrate initiatives that build community resilience to disasters and emergencies, recognising collaboration and innovative thinking across all sectors.

Such a great night  for the GAD Pod, as we won the Resilient Australia Community Award!
A big thanks to others in the team who couldn’t be there, and to Judy Jeffrey, Helen GoodmanJenny Indian and our Advisory Group. Always a team effort!

Photos show the presentation by Deb Abbot, Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner, and a snap of the research team and report authors. Read about the report launch, and the report itself here.

 

(L-R: Caroline, Deb, Naomi, Alyssa and Jaspreet)
Our congratulations to the award winners in the categories of Government, Local Government and Schools. Congratulations, too, to all who were nominated and highly commended, including GAD Pod friends, Scott Hanson-Easey and Louise Scott. Many familiar names and collaborators! Read the whole list here.

Planning for spontaneous volunteers awarded!

Staying with the theme of awards, our congratulations to long-time GAD Pod advocate and Advisory Group member, Amanda Lamont who, with Blythe McLennan,  received an Outstanding Achievement in Research Utilsation award at the AFAC Conference this week. Read some of their work here – Communities Responding to Disasters: Planning for Spontaneous Volunteers.
Diversity and Change
From the outset, the premise for the AIDR conference was a focus on diversity and change. Read the foreword from Rob Cameron, OAM, Director-General of Emergency Management Australia.
A seat at the table
Fresh from presenting in Scotland, congratulations to Mary Farrow for her AIDR conference presentation on including women in emergency management planning. Read her abstract here.
Exceptional public leadership by Commander Donna Wheatley
We join with everyone who knows, or has heard about, the amazing Donna Wheatley, in celebrating her award for exceptional public service leadership.
“MFB Commander Donna Wheatley was honoured on Wednesday at the Top 50 Public Sector Women (Victoria) awards presented by the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) and the Women’s Network Advisory Committee.
Launched in 2017, the awards recognise the individual excellence and achievements of exceptional women leaders and their significant work …"  Read more here.
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