Making the Island safer

Blackened: Some of the affected area of a bushfire that burnt about 15 hectares of the Seal Bay Conservation Park in January 2016.
Blackened: Some of the affected area of a bushfire that burnt about 15 hectares of the Seal Bay Conservation Park in January 2016.

Residents of Kangaroo Island will be able to develop better emergency risk treatment options as part of a $70,000 grant delivered through Safecom and the South Australian government.

The KI council sponsored the application for funding to have the island mapped for hazards through a pilot scheme.

Information will be obtained by the analysis of LiDAR data to develop risk treatment options and also involve the community in the councils decision making.

LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges and variable distances and displays it in 3D form.

The government has promised $480,000 in grants for regional areas to update and create better frontline emergency response capabilities.

“The KI council will receive $70,000 to develop an emergency system using a special laser method”

Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas said the Regional Capability Community Fund was created to help those living in rural areas to better deal with natural disasters.

“Our emergency services are critical, but individuals also have an important part to play in responding to emergencies,” Mr Malinauskas said.

“These vital grants will help the community to swiftly respond to incidents before they become out of control, thereby reducing risks to both the community and our emergency services volunteers and staff.”

Other services to get funding include $90,000 for the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources to develop an incident mapping online tool; $150,000 for the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission to recruit and train eight people to deliver mental health first aid training to more than 850 staff and 400 volunteers across the State.

The Regional Capability Community Fund is an annual program, and those that may have been unsuccessful this year are encouraged to apply for a grant in early 2018.