Highly Commended Awards - State and Local Government Award


City of Greater Geraldton - Operation Barndi Mara


Operation Barndi Mara was a collaborative project which developed the City of Greater Geraldton's Animal Emergency Welfare guidelines.

The project was funded by SEMC's All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) program and culminated in a test of the newly developed guidelines. The aim of the day was to see how animals and their owners would be impacted by a disaster event within the community and to assess the guidelines, operations, people and equipment.

Cross agency collaboration with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support allowed key parties to work together, sharing their responsibilities for resilient and safe communities. The agencies were able to see how their role would be impacted by the activities of others and allows for better and more integrated planning.

An important highlight of the event was the partnership with veterinary students from Durack Institute of Technology and members from Geraldton Dog Rescue, Geraldton and Districts Kennel Club, Mid-West Cat Shelter and RSPCAWA. By engaging with these groups, who are not usually involved in exercises, the City of greater Geraldton allowed these important stakeholders to become sensitised to what may happen in a real emergency.

A DVD was also created to share with community.



​City of Greater Geraldton staff collecting award. L-R: Johannes Muller, Cr Bob Hall, Minister Francis.

Photograph: Kate Drennan Photography. 

City of Cockburn - Disaster Aware App



Disaster Aware is a smart phone app created for residents to download useful information regarding preparedness and gives them the ability to create and share their emergency plans with their family and friends by email. The project was funded by SEMC's All West Australians Reducing Emergencies (AWARE) program.

Approximately 1,500 users had downloaded the app at the time of completion. In addition to creating plans, users can be sent warnings relating to specific emergencies, information regarding welfare centres during emergencies and other information as required.

The development of the app included extensive community consultation and is the first government based preparedness app to be made available to the public. Users can also provide comment and suggested changes which will be used to provided upgrades on an ongoing basis.

City of Cockburn Disaster Aware App



​City of Cockburn staff collecting award. L-R: Michael Emery, Mayor Logan Howlett, Minister Francis.

Photograph: Kate Drennan Photography.