Identifying natural risks and hazards

A JOINT project between several agencies has been launched to provide better information about the natural hazards that pose a risk to the Perth community.

The Australian Geological Survey Organisation, the WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority, the WA Ministry of Planning, the Bureau of Meteorology and researchers from the CSIRO, academic centres and several private sector agencies are holding the survey.

Federal Member for Curtin Julie Bishop said natural hazards cost Australia about $1.25 billion a year on average.

“While natural hazards cannot be prevented, governments can reduce disasters by identifying potential risks from hazards, finding out which areas are most vulnerable and recommending disaster mitigation measures including the improvement of building codes,” Ms Bishop said.

“It helps to identify the what, where and who of hazard impact and consequently helps us to make our communities more sustainable and prosperous. It has also led to te develoment of new geographic information system tools and hazard models that are cutting edge.”

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