Outstanding Victorians who have helped their communities become safer and better prepared for emergencies have been recognised at the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards ceremony in Melbourne today.
The national awards recognise local projects that help communities become more resilient before, during and after natural disasters, such as bushfires, heatwaves and storms.
Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino presented the awards to the Victorian winners and highly commended projects at the ceremony.
Anglesea Primary School was among the award recipients, receiving the Resilient Australia School Award for their Anglesea Fire Education Partnership Survive and Thrive Program.
The project – a partnership between the Anglesea Fire Brigade and Anglesea Primary School – aims to empower students with knowledge and understanding of bushfire behaviour in their community, to drive innovation, and to connect with others in order to support generational change and increase resilience.
They are now finalists in the national Resilient Australia Awards.
To see the full list of winners visit www.emcategoryv.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“Congratulations to Anglesea Primary School for being honoured at the Resilient Australia Awards for their contribution in making our local community of Anglesea safer, stronger and better prepared to manage natural disasters.”
“The 17th Annual Resilient Australia Awards are a great example of the innovative and excellent work being done by communities, government, schools and businesses to build disaster resilience that might otherwise go unnoticed.”
“Anglesea Primary School will now advance to the national awards and I wish them the best of luck.”