Keynote speaker announcement: Mr Brendan Moon, Acting CEO, Queensland Reconstruction Authority on emerging technology and capability needs

Brendan-MoonWe are pleased to announce Mr Brendan Moon, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Reconstruction Authority as a keynote speaker at the 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference to be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on the 30-31 May 2016.

Brendan Moon will discuss ‘Emerging Technology and Capability Needs’.

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) was established only five years ago and has already developed a range of innovative and robust systems and processes to manage Queensland’s more than $13 billion reconstruction program.

The QRA are continuing to build on their experience and techniques, developing innovative solutions to ensure Queenslanders are able to recover quickly following natural disasters, including: Digital damage data, Queensland Betterment fund, online grants system for the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Crowd sourcing app.

QRA have developed a platform for the collection of data on damaged infrastructure immediately following a natural disaster event – infrastructure damage assessment and reconstruction monitoring (iDARM).  This data has been used throughout the submission process to enable local governments and state agencies to support requests for the reimbursement of funds under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding program.

QRA is further enhancing its iDARM data by digitally capturing, through the aid of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, the history of Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements works since 2011.

This project will enable a “heat map” to be produced to identify funding spent under NDRRA on a particular asset as well as the number of times the asset has been impacted to help inform a whole-of-state approach for identifying susceptible assets and critical links.  These maps will assist in the informing of local disaster management plans as well as identify potential resilience and mitigation projects.

Brendan Moon was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority in November 2015.  Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and has been at the QRA since 2011 as General Manager, Operations.

Brendan has managed the State’s $80 million Betterment Fund, helping to improve the State’s infrastructure resilience and has been led a multi-disciplinary team to in the assessment, delivery and acquittal of the more than $13 billion program of reconstruction works being administered by the QRA.

He also received a highly commended award for Project Manager of the Year at the 2015 Australian Institute of Project Management awards.

The 5th Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference will be held at Jupiters Gold Coast, QLD on the 30-31 May 2016.

The Conference theme ‘EARTH, FIRE and RAIN’ will continue to examine issues that impact preparedness, resilience, response and capability. To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

Delegates may also wish to attend the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air which will follow the Disaster and Emergency Management Conference on 1st June discussing the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continue the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements.

Special discount rates are being offered to those that wish to attend both Conferences.