Making Victoria More Disaster Resilient

Making Victoria More Disaster Resilient

Victoria Deputy Premier Peter Ryan

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan

Vic Coalition Committed To World-Class Emergency Management

Victor P Taffa

Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan outlined Victoria’s vision to introduce a world’s best practice emergency management framework at a multi-agency emergency management seminar in Melbourne today.

Speaking to more than 200 delegates at the 2011 Control Line seminar Mr. Ryan said recent extreme events had highlighted the need to revisit the emergency management framework that had served Victoria for nearly 30 years.

“Victoria’s resilience has been tested in recent years, with extreme natural disaster events like the 2009 bushfires and the historic and prolonged floods of 2010/11 proving too big for any one emergency services agency to manage alone.” Mr. Ryan said.

“In response to the Comrie Interim Flood Report and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission the Coalition Government has launched a Green Paper Towards a more disaster resilient and safer Victoria.”

“This important initiative will obtain feedback from emergency management agencies, local government and the community on new and innovative ways we can improve the legislative, organisational and cultural basis of Victoria’s emergency system.”

Mr. Ryan said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to delivering a modern, all hazards all-agencies emergency management framework to help protect Victorians.

“Forums such as Control Line provide an invaluable opportunity for emergency management personnel to share ideas and knowledge in a collegiate environment.” Mr. Ryan said.

Control Line started in 2004 as a CFA Bayswater Fire Brigade pre-fire season incident management-training workshop and it has now grown to give all emergency agencies the chance to learn how to deliver better emergency management services to communities.”

“I would like to congratulate Control Line Director Craig Ferguson and his team on their efforts this year in organising this event and securing expert speakers and delegates from around Australia.”

“Events like this are cultivating a multi-agency approach to learning, educating and sharing knowledge across the sector that will provide valuable benefits in the short and long-term.” Mr. Ryan said.