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New research centre launched
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was officially launched on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra by the federal Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan on 10 December.
The new CRC will draw together all of Australia’s fire and emergency service authorities, including CFA, with the nation’s leading experts across a range of scientific fields to explore the causes, consequences and mitigation of natural disasters.
The Chairman of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Dr Laurie Hammond, said the CRC will build on 10 years of high quality scientific research at the Bushfire CRC and will expand the research effort into other natural hazards including flood, earthquake, cyclone and tsunami.
“This investment in research is linked to the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience and will improve approaches to mitigation, operational responses and community resilience to natural hazards,” said Dr Hammond.
Importantly, most of the new research will not be hazard specific but cross-disciplinary, drawing on the expertise of scientists across a range of fields on issues common to all hazards.
Find out more about the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC at www.bnhcrc.com.au