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The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities was formed in December 2012 by the Chief Executive Officers of:
Australian Red Cross (CEO Robert Tickner)
Insurance Australia Group (CEO Mike Wilkins)
Investa Property Group (CEO Scott MacDonald)
Munich Re (CEO Heinrich Eder)
Optus (CEO Kevin Russell) and
Westpac Group (CEO Gail Kelly)
Why we are concerned
As business leaders representing a cross-section of the Australian economy we believe making communities safer and more resilient to natural disasters is of national importance.
Each of the member businesses of the Roundtable plays a crucial role in either community planning or disaster recovery.
We have all supported our customers and communities affected by the devastating effects of catastrophic floods, storms and bushfires.
It is clear to us that the nation’s investment in recovery following natural disasters far outweighs investment in building resilience to make our communities safer.
If our national investment continues to remain well short of what’s required to seriously tackle the issue, we believe the social and economic cost of future disasters will continue to escalate for the people of Australia.
This is the first time such a broad spectrum of organisations has come together to champion this issue.
We look forward to working constructively with governments in the national interest to prioritise public policy and funding to improve the nation’s resilience against future natural hazards.
“By sharing our extensive global experience, Munich Re hopes to work with all levels of government, along with like-minded organisations in the commercial sector, to ensure that Australian Communities are better positioned to plan for, and respond to the ever present threat of natural catastrophes.
“We believe that damage prevention and mitigation are the best and most cost effective means to protect and lift the living standard of the community on a sustainable basis.”
“We are strong believers in offering constructive public policy solutions to government in areas where we think there is both social and commercial benefit.
“Our services are critical in disaster response, and we deliver them across infrastructure that must be highly resilient against the impact of natural disasters.
“This initiative will allow all stakeholders to work better together in both planning for the effects of natural hazards and responding to them.”
“Our work to support customers and communties after recent natural disasters has really highlighted to me the economic and social challenges they face, in many cases long after the event itself. I am pleased to be involved in this Roundtable to support action from business, community and government to prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters and build safer communities”
Australian Red Cross
“Red Cross is well aware of the long term devastation wrought by disasters on individuals, households, businesses and communities, on an all too regular basis.
“As the world’s leading provider of humanitarian support to individuals and communities impacted by these increasingly frequent events, we strongly support efforts to promote and build more resilient communities. We recognise efforts need to be focused not only on tangibles such as bricks and mortar, but also on supporting people to better prepare, respond and recover through information, advice, education, and engagement.”
Investa Property Group
“Investa joined the Roundtable to support the development of cost-effective solutions to mitigate the adverse consequences of disasters for humans, communities and businesses. We will continue to work with our partners and government to develop more prepared and resilient Australian communities.”
Insurance Australia Group
"Recent natural disasters have illustrated our vulnerability to natural hazards. In just the last five years, the damage caused to private property and public infrastructure has reached well into the billions of dollars.
"We firmly believe we, as a nation, can do much more to adapt our communities to better withstand natural hazards – from stronger codes to ensure buildings are better protected, to more appropriate land use reflecting risk, to more hazard mitigation infrastructure."