Victorian initiatives recognised with Resilient Australia Awards

30 October 2020

Winners of the Victorian Resilient Australia Awards were announced today, celebrating initiatives that build whole-of-community resilience to disasters and emergencies.

Run annually, the awards are open to all Victorians, including individuals, not for profit organisations, businesses both large and small, local and state government, schools, education institutions, research bodies and emergency management agencies. The awards recognise collaboration and innovative thinking across all sectors.

Victorian recipients were announced at an online event hosted by the Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp.

“This year, the importance of community resilience has been reinforced and demonstrated through the summer fires and the challenges of COVID-19,” said the Commissioner.

“We had an outstanding field of entries and were proud to celebrate our finalists and winners via this online event.”

The awards are sponsored by the Australian Government in partnership with the states and territories and managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR).

Victorian winners are also eligible to win the National Resilient Australia Awards.

Victorian 2020 winners

Community Award (joint winners)

Mallacoota Recovers – an initiative of the Mallacoota RSL Sub-Branch that considers how communities can better prepare and work together in good times and during critical times of need. This initiative demonstrated the ability to target community strengths, needs and priorities during the 2019-20 bushfires, and has been adapted to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilient Central Victoria Rescues, Grows, Cooks and Shares for Food Security – a food rescue initiative by Bendigo Foodshare in partnership with local government, volunteer agencies, businesses and industry. The initiative harnesses and enables community energy and resources, while using crowdfunding and other stakeholder support, in a flexible model which can be adapted by other communities.

Government Award

Heart Safe Communities – an Ambulance Victoria initiative that focuses on community resilience through a new type of emergency volunteering. It enables bystanders to become first responders by providing them with critical life-saving skills and equipment to act before agencies arrive.

School Award

STEP UP! Timboon P-12 School – an initiative that provides students and community volunteer groups with opportunities to connect and learn from each other. STEP UP! promotes recognition and appreciation of volunteers, with strong and positive outcomes for students, teachers and community members.