​New plan to help fortify infrastructure when dealing with disasters

13 September 2018

NSW residents and businesses are set to benefit from a new strategy that will help keep the lights on, water running and transport moving, even when disaster strikes, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said. 

Mr Grant launched the NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy (CIRS) during a visit to Transgrid’s underground substation in the heart of Sydney this week. 

Critical Infrastructure (CI) includes assets relating to water, food, electricity, telecommunications, transport, and health that support the NSW community each day.

Mr Grant said risks to our CI come from natural disasters such as bush fires, storms and floods, but increasingly also from threats of cyberattack and terrorism. 

“These threats must be managed through an all-hazard, collaborative approach to ensure the safety, security and resilience of our community,” Mr Grant said. 

Natural disasters alone cost NSW approximately $3.6 billion every year, which is expected to rise to $10.6 billion by 2050. 

“The work we all do before an emergency or disaster helps save lives, protects property, and prepares communities for those challenging times during and immediately after a disaster,” Mr Grant said. 

The CIRS will deliver numerous benefits to the people and businesses of NSW, including:

  • Greater ability for critical services to continue operating and withstand the shocks of natural disasters and cyberattack;  
  • Better emergency management coordination through closer collaborations between government, local government and private infrastructure providers; 
  • Lower reconstruction costs arising from disaster and emergency events; 
  • Enhanced public warning messages and community preparedness; and, 
  • Better adaptation to climate change and population growth through long-term planning and design of assets. 

 “The NSW Government is absolutely committed to improving the safety, security and resilience of the people and businesses of NSW,” Mr Grant said.