Sign In


The winning photo "Rescue at Last Light", Lurline Byles (DFES)

2017 Resilient Australia Awards - State Winners​​​​​

5 December 2017

Now in their 18th year, the Resilient Australia Awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and groups within communities across Australia who show initiative and lead the way in making the country better prepared for disasters and emergencies.

The awards program is managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR), and is sponsored by the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department in conjunction with the states and territories. The OEM is the Western Australian awards convenor on behalf of the Minister for Emergency Services.

The 2017 award entries were open from 1 May to 30 June 2017. The categories available were: Business, Community, Government, School and Photography. WA received a range of entries which covered all aspects of emergency management including planning, risk assessment, mitigation, education and training, animal evacuation, community awareness, response and recovery.

The OEM selected five judges with a solid EM knowledge and experience. The judges were representatives from State Government, the WA Local Government Association, a Hazard Management Agency, the Australian Red Cross and the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC). 

The judges assessed each application based on the relevant criteria and ensured they aligned to the priority outcomes of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. The successful categories for WA entries were Community and Government. The public voted online for the Photography category (People's Choice).

The WA award ceremony was held on 1 November during the 10th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference 2017 at The University Club of Western Australia. 


The SEMC Chair, Dr Ron Edwards ann​ounced the WA winners. Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

  • Lurline Byles from the Department of Fir​​e and Emergency Services for her photograph "Rescue at Last Light" in the Resilient Australia Photography Award category (the lead photo).


Dr Ron Edwards with Nicola O'Callaghan from the Department of Fire and Emergency ​Services

collecting the award on behalf of photographer Lurline Byles

  • Rangelands NRM for their project "Taking Back Control of Fire on the Dampier Peninsula" in the Resilient Australia Community Award ​​category.


Dr Ron Edwards with Rangelands NRM Program Leader, Greg Mackay 

(Northern Rangelandsand Director, Mark Batty​​​

  • City of Mandurah for their proje​ct "Equi-Evac Network Centre" in the Resilient Australia Government Award category.


Dr Ron Edwards with Project officer, Naomi Dekker and 

City of Mandurah Coordinator Emergency Management, Myra Giardini

Read more about the winners on the OEM​ 2017 Resilient Australia Awards webpage.

​The City of Mandurah was selected as a national finalist to the 2017 National Resilient Awards and on 23 November 2017, in a ceremony in Sydney, was successful in winning the National Award. Read the full story here.​ ​