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Cooperative Research Centre to build disaster resilience

10 December 2013

Joint media release with the Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan MP

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today launched the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre which will play a critical role in improved understanding of risks posed by natural hazards.

“This new Cooperative Research Centre will expand research on bushfires and incorporate other natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis,” Mr Keenan said.

“The centre will inform emergency management policy across public warnings, capability, identifying vulnerabilities, emergency volunteers, and buildings and infrastructure.

“A key tenant of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience relates to improved understanding of risks posed by natural hazards, and factoring this understanding into decision-making.

“Understanding of these risks, directly informed by research, will improve responses to natural disasters, and develop community resilience.”

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said that the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre was vital in a country such as Australia, where responding to natural disasters is a part of life.

“To have the Australian Government, emergency services, universities and community stakeholders come together on natural disaster resilience is very important. Our nation will be better placed to handle whatever nature throws at us,” Mr Macfarlane said.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre was established with a $47 million contribution over eight years from the Australian Government – a commitment that was supported by the states and territories.

The new Cooperative Research Centre will conduct coordinated and interdisciplinary research, including working with communities to improve disaster resilience and reduce the human, social, economic and environmental costs from bushfires and other natural hazards.

Media contacts: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070
                             Mr Keenan's office 02 6277 7290