Business contributing to critical bushfire recovery

11 May 2018


Resilient Australia Awards – 2017 profile


The devastating effects of bushfires require an enormous recovery effort with members of the community, businesses and the emergency management sector all working together to play a critical role.


In December 2015, the bushfires in Wye River and Separation Creek, Barnawartha and Scotsburn impacted 178 properties.


Last year, Grocon was recognised in the annual state based Resilient Australia Awards for the work that they undertook to assist with the clean-up and recovery effort.


The comprehensive project included bushfire clean up, infrastructure work and community liaison.


Grocon completed this under a ‘cost recover’ basis – zero profit and zero margin – and worked in conjunction with the emergency management sector and the community to complete the work.


Victorian businesses are encouraged to enter the 2018 Resilient Australia Awards, which recognises and promotes initiatives that build resilience and inspire others to take action to make communities safer, more connected and better prepared for natural hazards and emergencies.


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.


Last year a number of Victorian projects were recognised as part of the awards including:

  • Scotsburn Community Recovery committee for their Strengthening Community after the Scotsburn Fires project
  • Melton and Wyndham City Councils for the Emergency Ready Communities project
  • Strathewen Primary School and Arthurs Creek Strathewen CFA for the Strathewen Education Partnership-Claymation project
  • Chanh Huynh for Nature Resilient, a photo captured at Mt Hotham showing nature resilient after the bushfires in the Victorian high country.

Emergency Management Victoria is the state-based convenor of the Resilient Australian Awards. Victorian businesses sector are eligible to apply for the 2018 awards.


Applications for the 2018 awards are open until 5pm on Thursday 31 May 2018. For more information and to apply visit (External link).