To get a better understanding of how the increasing frequency and ferocity of natural disasters can affect your business, the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) has established the WasteNSW 2016 Natural Disasters, Risk Management Conference. The conference is being held Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley NSW from the 27-29 April 2016.
Over recent months many parts of the country have dealt with a series of natural disasters such as flash flooding, landslides, bush fires, and cyclonic winds. These natural disasters have had significant impact upon individuals and local communities, they have caused millions of dollars in damage and led to the loss of human lives.
These natural disasters not only impact on the lives of those affected, they generate large amounts of debris that needs to be collected and processed. This in turn can impact upon infrastructure assets owned by waste managers and resource recovery businesses.
The WasteNSW 2016 Conference will be the first of its kind in Australia, looking at prevention; preparedness; response and recovery. The conference will bring you up-to-date on the latest learnings, and help you recognise and manage the environmental risks confronting your business
The impressive line-up of speakers over the two days will include keynote presentations from Anna Bligh, Former Premier of Queensland; Dr Charlotte Brown, Senior Research Fellow from Resilience Organisations NZ; Andrew Mitchell, Manager Hazardous Incidents, NSW Environment Protection Authority, and Alan Thorn, Senior Underwriter, Liberty International Underwriters.
In 2007 Anna Bligh became a household name when she became the first female Premier of Queensland. Anna’s legacy as a State leader will be the exceptional leadership she provided to the State, and the Nation, in the reconstruction of homes, businesses and infrastructure following the Queensland flood and storm disasters of 2011.
Dr Charlotte Brown has a PhD in Disaster Waste Management and played an integral role in the response to the 2010/2011 Canterbury region earthquakes. Charlotte’s presentation will draw on her experience in how to deal with post natural disaster and the findings from the Christchurch Earthquake.
The Natural Disasters and Environmental Impairment Liability workshop on Friday will provide a detailed outline of the steps required when planning, designing and implementing an Environmental Management Plan for your business.