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Media alert: Climate impacted communities across Australia unite

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Bushfire survivors join flood, heat and sea level rise impacted people from across Australia in calling for better consultation on National Adaptation Plan

WHERE & WHEN: Press conference at the Senate Courtyard, Parliament House,11.30am, Tuesday 26 March.

Regional communities hit hard by fire, flood, heat and sea levels rising are joining forces in Canberra on 26 March in a new alliance calling on the government to consult better with communities on the National Adaptation Plan.

Bushfire survivors are joining other climate disaster survivors from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Torres Strait in Canberra asking political leaders to put communities at the centre of policy decision making that impacts them. They also ask for direct funding to communities to lead the recovery from, and adaptation to, climate disasters. The first step is to extend the very short consultation period for the National Adaptation Plan and Climate Risk Assessment, currently set at 1 month with very little opportunity for communities to provide input.

WHO: Bushfire and other climate disaster survivors from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and the Torres Strait. Organisations represented include Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, Grata Fund, Plan C, Sweltering Cities, Lismore’s Reclaim Our Recovery, Northern Rivers Community Disaster Action Group, Currie Country Social Change.

  • Aunty McRose Elu,Saibai Island and Seisia, FNQ. (Dr) Aunty McRose Elu is a senior Torres Strait Islander elder and climate activist.
  • Chelsea Aniba, Climate Advocate, Saibai Island
  • Arabella Douglas, Currie Country Social Change - Traditional Owner 
  • Serena Joyner, CEO Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, Blue Mountains - bushfires + alliance convenor
  • Brendon Donohue, Disability Advocate, Brisbane - flood and heat
  • Jean Renouf, CEO Plan C, Northern Rivers - flood, bushfires and landslide
    Jack Egan, Board member Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, Batemans Bay - bushfires

About us:

Alliance organisations represented include Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action, Grata Fund, Currie Country Social Change, Plan C, Sweltering Cities, Lismore’s Reclaim Our Recovery, and Northern Rivers Community Disaster Action Group.

Contact details:

Rebecca Gredley on 0484 008 095 or

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