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City of Mandurah wins National Award at the 2017 Resilient Australia Awards​​​

5 December 2017

​The winners of the 2017 National Resilient Australia Awards were announced in Sydney on 23 November 2017 and our local government, the City of Mandurah, won the National Award!


The final results were:

  • ​City of Mandurah, WA – Equi-Evac Centre Network​​
​Highly commended:
  • ​Logan City Council, QLD – Flooded Road Smart Warning System
  • ​Wyndham/Melton City Councils, VIC – Emergency Ready Communities
  • ​St Ives North Public School, NSW – Project FireStorm
​Highly commended:
  • ​Strathewen Education Partnership, VIC – Claymation
  • ​Dunalley Primary School, TAS – Rebuilding Dunalley Primary School After the 2013 Fires Project
  • ​Summer Rain Photography, QLD – 'First Sight of Relief'
​​Highly commended:
  • ​Peter Middleton, Tasmania Fire Service, TAS – 'Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods in Action'


We are proud for the City of Mandurah's recognition in its effort to help protect the safety and wellbeing of local horses during emergencies.


The Equi-Evac Centre Network is an evacuation planning project designed to assist the equestrian community in managing and protecting horses in times of disaster. The successful outcomes of this project included raising awareness and empowering community members to care for animals in emergencies, and informing local government emergency management and animal welfare plans.

​​The project was funded by the 2016-17 All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) program and facilitated by the City of Mandurah.​​​

The district-wide Equi-Evac Centre Network project aimed to identify potential evacuation centres for the Peel and south-west horse communities who may be displaced in times of disaster.

Mayor Rhys Williams said it is important the City protects the community in the unlikely event of an emergency and was proud that the City's work with the project partners was recognised at the awards.

"Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility and we need to be on the front foot if disasters happen," he said.

"We need to work together to make sure we are prepared for these events, and this extends to the welfare of our animals.

"It's encouraging to see this project has provided the tools to help many other local governments and horse loving communities prepare for emergencies, and we are proud to have been recognised among a tough list of contenders."

The initial project took six months and covered 16 local government districts, including Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Bunbury, Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimup and Nannup.

The project will contribute towards state-level planning for animals in emergencies, as supported by the Report of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire.

The project was described by the judges as 'a novel approach to engagement​​ and collaboration'. More than 120 entries were received as part of this year's Resilient Australia Awards and our Western Australian Local Government can be very proud of their innovative work. 

Well done to the City of Mandurah! ​