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CRC centre to combine natural disasters research

The Australian government has launched a $130 million national research effort to improve the country’s capacity to respond to natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and tropical cyclones.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has been funded for eight years, and involves a network of 50 research partners across Australia and New Zealand. They include leading universities, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council.

The Melbourne-based CRC will be the first national research centre to combine all aspects of natural disaster management, including government policy and volunteer recruitment. It will also review state and local government public safety guidelines for natural disasters, to ensure they include better risk awareness and protection for children.

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