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Disaster Resilience at the centre of protecting the Limestone Coast

4 April 2024

The Limestone Coast Disaster Resilience Summit, organised by the South Australian Forest Products Association, is designed to put disaster preparedness and risk mitigation at the centre of safeguarding the State’s beloved Limestone Coast community against complex and compounding disasters. 

“This Summit has attracted key heavy weights from State and Local Governments, corporate entities and local authorities to ensure we are integrated with our preparedness and mitigation, response and recovery ethics in the event of a disaster”, said Mr Nathan Paine, Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Forest Products Association (SAFPA).

“This Summit is about better preparing for potential disasters, ensuring we better understand risks and implement risk mitigation plans.  And, in the event of a disaster we need to make sure our response plans are ready to be rolled out and that the day after, we are better prepared to support the community on the recovery pathway. We need to be aligned and integrated when it comes to crisis management, mitigation and recovery continuum”, continued Mr Paine.

“With Minister Clare Scriven and Minister Joe Szakacs in attendance, along with three dynamic expert panel sessions, interactive workshops, community engagement activities and networking sessions, the Summit is expected to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges facing the landscape and the various stakeholders that will build a safer future and safeguard lives, property and infrastructure and the Limestone Coasts regional economy”, said Mr Paine.

“Prior to summer last year, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that after enjoying several years of below average fire danger summers, an El Nino weather pattern is on the horizon, meaning that this year and years to come will be challenging for primary producers and regional economies”, said Mr Paine.

“The Limestone Coast are grateful to have significant investments from the State Government in fire detection and prevention technologies, and Limestone Coast communities are educated and armored to tackle the unexpected, yet we still need to do more and work together before, during and after a natural disaster”, said Mr Paine.

“Thank you to the supporters of this Summit, SAFECOM in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regions and Primary Producers of South Australia, OneFortyOne, and the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, for their contribution and support for this ever-important Summit”, said Mr Paine.

“The information sharing and discussions at the Limestone Coast Disaster Resilience Summit will be captured with the expectation that innovative solutions will be developed to further safeguard the Limestone Coasts’ communities, businesses, infrastructure and economies”, concluded Mr Paine.


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