Tasmania Police has been recognised as a finalist in a national award aimed at celebrating initiatives that build resilience during disasters and emergencies.
The Resilient Australia Awards is a nationwide program that celebrates, shares and promotes initiatives that build and foster community resilience to disasters and emergencies.
Since 2000, the awards have showcased innovation and exemplary practice across Australia; celebrating achievements that might otherwise go unseen, and inspiring others to build greater disaster resilience in their own communities.
Tasmania Police has been nominated as a finalist for their online information sharing platform, WebEOC.
WebEOC was development in light of recommendations after the Dunalley bushfire inquiry that found there were gaps in information sharing between emergency services.
WebEOC provides a virtual, web-based emergency operations platform for all organisations who operate in the emergency management sector in Tasmania, and has been accessed by 90 agencies and 2700 independent users.
Tasmania Police emergency management section manager Inspector Tony Kay was involved in the development and management of the platform and said users ranged from emergency services, to government departments and local councils and had proved especially valuable during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Inspector Kay said it was important to have a platform that various departments and agencies could access, regardless of their various operational systems or access controls.
He described the platform as akin to a whiteboard in an operational room, sharing vital up-to-date information about an evolving crisis situation.
"It's a really small team on police who administer it and spruik its benefits, so it is recognition of the hard work they've done over a number of years," he said.
"It's recognition of the team who helped build it up to how we see it operating now."
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Tasmania Police is one of three Tasmanian finalists in the awards, with the City of Launceston council up for the National Local Government award for its Mobile Companion Animal Shelter for Emergency Evacuation.
Minds Do Matter, an annual, state-wide community art exhibition that raises awareness about mental health, has also been nominated for a national community award.
Winners will be announced at the national awards ceremony, which will take place in Melbourne at the Royal Botanic Gardens on Wednesday December 8.
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