‘’I think is just an obvious fact in Australia is getting hard to live in because of these disasters.” - Prime Minister Scott Morrison, after visiting NSW flood region, 9 March 2022. Disasters caused by the impact of natural hazards on people, the environment, buildings and infrastructure are becoming more frequent and threatening, not only in Australia, but worldwide. As the social, environmental and economic impact of disasters increases we should take this opportunity to consider lessons taken from recent events and plan for more resilient communities.
But how do we do this?
In this webinar, Dr Mark Maund and Helen Sloane of WSP will outline the multi-faceted aspects of planning for natural hazards, including the spatial scale of hazards, the quality of hazard information, what the acceptable level of risk is, the importance of understanding the community, evacuation planning and the requirements of the rush to rebuild. It argues Regional Plans are an appropriate scale to consider natural hazards and if we consider this risk across these plans and within other strategic planning documents our planning system is more likely to be able to consider, plan for and adapt to ongoing risk. Supporting this needs to be national natural hazard and disaster planning policy and a multi-criteria decision making framework.
Please join us for an interesting discussion on planning for natural hazards and we would like to end with personal stories of how natural hazards and planning decisions have affected you and what you would like to see done differently, or what you are working on in this space.
Meet the Speakers:
Dr Mark Maund RPIA is a Team Leader at WSP and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. He is involved in researching land use planning that considers natural hazards and seeks to promote the essential role that planning can play in helping to create resilient communities. In early 2020 Mark completed a PhD in ‘Decision-making in land use planning: the consideration of natural hazard risks when identifying land for urban settlement’. Mark continues to research the role that land use planning can play in creating resilient communities. He also works in the private sector on a range of environmental assessments for infrastructure, renewable energy and urban development.
Helen Sloane is an Associate Environmental Scientist at WSP with an extensive background in environmental science and management across the public and private sectors. During her time in the private sector she has project managed and worked as part of integrated teams on environmental impact statements and planning approvals for large infrastructure projects which are challenged by future climate scenarios. Helen’s public sector experience includes leadership roles within various Territory, State and Commonwealth Governments’ Environmental Departments and bodies, undertaking environmental assessment work, developing environmental policies in response to climate change and running renewable energy programs.
This webinar will run on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).
This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all registered attendees.