In 2001 Council applied for a grant under the Commonwealth Government's Emergency Management Projects Program to enable an 'all risks' emergency management study to be undertaken for the Huon Valley. The application submitted that it was not only natural disaster that required consideration but a range of other hazards also impact on the wellbeing of the community.
The funding application was subsequently approved and the Huon Valley Emergency Risk Management Project Working Group under the Chairmanship of firstly Councillor Heron and then Councillor Paul (due to portfolio changes) was established. The Group comprised of representatives from:
Council's Youth Services
Huon Schools (State and Private)
Tasmania Fire Service
Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Health and Human Services
State Emergency Service
The project was undertaken using the Nationally adopted "Emergency Risk Management Guidelines" that involves five stages:
Stage 1 - Establish the Context
Stage 2 - Identify risks
Stage 3 - Analyse risks
Stage 4 - Evaluate risks
Stage 5 - Treat risks
The report was formally table to Council at the June 2004 meeting with Council resolving to:
Whilst the Huon Valley project was being undertaken, the Tasmania State Government through State Emergency Service was undertaking the "Tasmanian Emergency Risk Management Project" in conjunction with Local Government. This report provides an overview of some of the hazards that impact on the Tasmanian community.