2020-21 funding round

All projects were assessed by the Assessments Panel and Steering Committee which found a total of seven projects suitable for funding:

Aboriginal Resource and Development Services Aboriginal Corporation (ARDS)

Securing accessibility of disaster information in East Arnhem Land

ARDS will secure the accessibility of Yolŋu Radio as a key channel for disaster resilience, preparedness and response information for the nearly 800 residents of homelands across East Arnhem Land through network upgrades and major education and training initiatives.

Charles Darwin University

On-line High Resolution Burnt Area Mapping

The project will provide high-resolution mapping of burnt areas through the active fire season in the greater Darwin and Katherine to support strategic fuel reduction activities and emergency response. This data will be provided through Northern Australian Fire Information allowing users to conduct rapid assessments of fire risk.

Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Gamba and Fire Mitigation

The threat posed by gamba grass is recognised at a national level. Destructive gamba grass fires, which generally occur late in the dry season, are significantly more intense and have been recorded at 48000kWm2 compared to 2000kW/m2 of native grass fires. This threat is heightened in the Northern Fire Protection Zone (NFPZ), which receives a high annual rainfall encouraging the growth of gamba grass. The project will increase education and landholder awareness of gamba fire risk to improve managing fire risks; and improve the compliance of gamba grass, fire break/fuel load compliance programs.

Trial Flood Warning and Management Platform

Flood Warning and Management Platforms provide a repository for spatial flood overlays for design events and at reference flood heights, as well as infrastructure overlays, documentary flood intelligence and emergency response plans in a single, fit-for-purpose platform easily accessed and navigated by emergency operations staff. The Flood Warning and Management Platform will provide disaster recovery planners with tools to assess expected damages and plan recovery response based on predicted flood heights while an event is occurring.

Reference Flood Extent Mapping for Emergency Response Management

Existing flood extent mapping is produced for land use planning purposes and is based on probabilistic design events that rarely relate to actual flood events. Design events also rarely reference local river height gauges and as such are not fit-for-purpose for emergency planning and operational response during a flood event. The project will produce a series of reference flood extent shapes for each location to provide emergency planners and responders with flood extent mapping.

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Essential Services Infrastructure Mapping Project

The project will capture the consequential flow-on impacts of natural disasters to essential service providers and the community through developing a common operating picture of interconnected vulnerabilities. This will provide greater information availability to inform and improve resilience, reduce risk and overall limit the impacts associated with disasters on the NT community.

NT Disaster Risk Assessment Framework

The Framework will support decision makers in all phases of emergency management by providing a structure for the identification, assessment and treatment of risks posed by natural disasters in the Northern Territory. This Framework will be incorporated into the emergency management arrangements of the Northern Territory and will reduce the risks of natural disasters across all phases of emergency management.

Last updated: 09 March 2021

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