Community Resilience Project

Following the 2019/20 Bushfire and 2021 Flood Events, Council appointed a Community Resilience Officer to help our communities to plan for, prepare, respond to, and recover from future disasters. The role of the Community Resilience Officer is to work in partnership with village communities across the LGA to develop Community Resilience Plans that empower our communities to play a role in their own well-being and safety, enhancing resilience.

Community resilience plans are action plans designed to strengthen local community capacity to plan and prepare for and recover from future disasters including bushfire, floods and cyclones.

Climate change predictions indicate that disasters will become more frequent with increasing severity into the future. Community place-based responses during disasters ensure that communities have planned responses during disaster events. The benefits of community resilience plans include safer communities, reduced demand on emergency services, reduced damage to property and infrastructure, self-determined recovery and a reduction in economic impacts.

Community resilience is a shared responsibility and success is reliant upon active participation of individuals, community, businesses, industry, emergency services, Government and support agencies. The benefits of working together to identify common interests creates a long-term commitment to community resilience building through collaboration, and building on existing strengths to reflect the local context.

Please feel free to complete our rolling online survey to have your say in resilience planning in your community :

If you would like more information about Community Resilience planning in your your village area please contact Scott Antcliff, Community Resilience Officer on 02) 6632 1611.

Community Resilience Funding

Community groups, businesses and individuals are invited to apply for funding of up to $10,000 to deliver community led activities and initiatives that build resilience in our communities.

The funded projects will address community, economic, asset or environmental resilience and contribute to at least one of the following disaster recovery outcomes:

    1. The needs of vulnerable groups are addressed in disaster recovery
    2. The community is aware of the disaster recovery processes
    3. The community can express its changing disaster recovery needs
    4. Community members are aware of the risks of future disasters
    5. The community has improved capacity and capability to respond to future disasters
    6. Business and not-for-profits have in place adequate mitigation practices for risks and threats
    7. Government, private sector, civil society and organisations are engaged in plans for preparedness and management of the recovery.

To read Council’s Community Resilience Grants Program Funding Guidelines and Procedure, please click here.

Applications close Thursday 14th October 2021.

Applicants should generally be able to:

  • take legal and financial responsibility for the administration of funds
  • demonstrate effective management skills and be financially accountable
  • demonstrate that suitably qualified and experienced people will be involved in the project
  • provide a Certificate of Currency for appropriate Public Liability Insurance
  • avoid applying for projects that duplicate or overlap with existing similar activities.

State and Federal Government agencies are ineligible to apply.  This does not include community organisations such as Parents and Citizens (P&C) Groups and similar groups that are not funded by State and Federal Agencies.

Priority may be given to applications that demonstrate a contribution to the project from other sources; either cash or in-kind.

Successful applicants will be notified in November 2021 and projects are to be completed by 30 September 2022.

You can apply online here

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