​Wollondilly Shire Council recognised at Resilience Awards following flood response

16 October 2018

Wollondilly Shire Council has been recognised for their outstanding efforts in disaster resilience for their comprehensive response to flooding that devastated the local community, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant presented the council with a Resilient Australia Award during a special ceremony at Parliament House in Sydney today.
The 2018 Resilient Australia Awards and NSW Get Ready Community Award help highlight significant community-led disaster preparedness and response initiatives across the state.

The awards also aim to inspire communities to strengthen their capabilities so they may withstand and recover from natural disasters into the future.

“Wollondilly Shire Council have been awarded the Resilient Australia Government Award for their development of ‘Activate Wollondilly’ – an emergency management guide to assist residents in preparation for a natural disaster or emergency,” Mr Grant said.

The project was the result of ongoing collaboration and town hall forums between the council and community members after major flooding devastated the Picton community in 2016.

“The feedback from the forums has then been incorporated into the key strategies of the Community Strategic Plan and the Wollondilly Disaster Recovery Plan,” Mr Grant said.

“This approach meant that the community was always kept at the centre of the recovery, building trust and community resilience.”

‘Activate Wollondilly’, which was developed with information from the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS), and other emergency services, assists residents through key areas of preparedness, including where to source information and what to do in a crisis situation. 

Mr Grant said while our emergency services do a tremendous job preparing and protecting the community, their efforts are often bolstered by unsung local heroes across NSW communities.

“Wollondilly Shire Council are just one example of what’s great about our local communities and the way in which they band together to support one another when times are tough. I congratulate and thank them, they are a truly deserving recipient.”