One of Australia’s foremost natural disaster professionals, Brendan Moon, has been appointed as Australia’s first overall co-ordinator for national emergency management.
The new role will oversee the operations of the new National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen Australia’s ability to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt said Mr Moon’s work as CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) was at the forefront of the country.
“Queensland has had more than its fair share of natural disasters over the past decade and the way the QRA, under Brendan’s leadership, has responded and rebuilt has been very impressive,” Minister Watt said.
“In fact, other states have looked at the model created in Queensland and are now setting up similar authorities in their own jurisdictions.
“Brendan will ensure that the new NEMA provides national leadership and strategic coordination for emergency and disaster preparedness, response, relief, recovery, reconstruction, risk reduction and resilience at all levels of government and in all sectors.
Minister Watt said Australians rightly expect their governments to be on their side, especially in the worst of times.
“Through national leadership and coordination, NEMA will ensure that states, territories and the Australian community are supported in tangible and meaningful ways.
“Brendan’s role will be to ensure everyone involved in emergency management works collaboratively, quickly and with the needs of fellow Australians in mind.
“Working with state and local governments, our primary focus will be to build resilience to future disasters and support any response to current events, while staying deeply connected with communities still recovering from past disasters.”
Minister Watt said it was vital that the Australian Government respond better to emergencies and give people the time and support they need to recover, while promoting long-term preparedness.
“The best way to collectively address more frequent and severe disasters is to better prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change. The Australian Government will continue to support our national response to a wide range of threats, including significantly increasing investment in disaster mitigation through the Disaster Ready Fund.
“Right now, National Emergency Management Agency officers are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. Dedicated teams continue to offer support in the wake of major natural disasters such as this year’s widespread flooding and are working closely with states and territories to ensure we are all prepared for the high weather season. risk.