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DISASTERS impact all communities in Douglas Shire differently.

Douglas Shire Council commissioned Meridian Urban to prepare Community Resilience Scorecards for different communities across the shire.  A series of workshops were conducted in October and November 2022 and March 2023.  Community members from China Camp and Degarra to Wangetti Beach, were invited to provide their insights into how natural hazards impact them.

Information collected at the workshops was used by Meridian Urban to develop Community Resilience Scorecards for six different communities, as well as a Business Scorecard and Environment Scorecard. The scorecards are designed to explore each area’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards and help pinpoint the actions needed to improve resilience.

Feedback Invited

The eight Community Resilience Scorecards have been drafted and Douglas Shire Council is inviting feedback.  All scorecards may be viewed and or downloaded here:

Copies may also be viewed at the Mossman Library, Mossman Administration Building or at the Port Douglas Library.

Feedback is requested by Monday 16 October 2023. It can be posted (PO Box 723 Mossman Qld 4873) dropped into Mossman Administration Building 64-66 Front St, Mossman, emailed to or telephone Gaye on 4099 9414.

Previous Workshop Dates

March / April 2023 Workshops

Residents are invited to attend the next round of workshops to help develop individual community resilience scorecards.  Feedback will be sought on a draft version of the scorecard for each community. Dates are as follows:

  • Bloomfield, China Camp and Degarra – Tuesday 14 March 2023 – 9am to 12pm Wujal Wujal Sports Hall
  • Cape Tribulation, Thornton Beach, Diwan, Cow Bay, Cape Kimberley and Forest Creek – Tuesday 14 March 2023 4pm to 7pm – Daintree Peaks Eco Stay
  • Daintree Village – Wednesday 15 March 2023 9am to 12pm – Daintree Village Community Hall
  • Newell Beach, Miallo, Rocky Point and Wonga Beach – Wednesday 15 March 2023 – 4pm to 7pm – Mossman Golf Club
  • Wonga Beach, Rocky Point, Miallo and Newell Beach – Monday 27 March 2023 – 5pm to 8pm – Wonga Beach Rural Fire Brigade
  • Mossman and Cooya Beach – Tuesday 28 March 2023 – 2pm to 5pm – Mossman Bowls Club
  • Port Douglas, Craiglie, Oak Beach & Wangetti Beach – Wednesday 29 March 2023 – 9am to 12pm – Port Douglas Community Hall
  • Mossman and Cooya Beach – Monday 17 April 2023 – 5pm to 8pm – Mossman Fire Station

RSVPS are requested for catering and seating. Please contact or call Gaye on 4099 9414.

If you are unable to attend your community workshop, you can complete the online survey here.

October / November 2022 Workshops

The purpose of the project is to undertake locally-based risk assessment workshops to deliver hazard profiles for different communities to inform the Douglas Local Disaster Management Plan.

Workshops were held at locations across the region in October and November 2022. You can view the findings from the various workshops at the below links: 

Cost of Project


What is Resilience? 

Resilience of individuals and communities involves their preparedness for, and capacity to adapt or recover from the impact of natural disasters.  Simply put, community resilience is the ability to bounce back after a severe disaster. This project will explore community experiences of extreme weather and understand the values and places most at risk. The purpose of the resilience scorecard project is to:

  • Support people, communities, organisations and businesses to understand their risks and role, and encourage resilience actions to improve community outcomes after natural hazards; and
  • Provide confidence to the community through risk understanding and awareness, to limit risk increases for the future.

What are our Risks? 

Queensland is the most disaster prone state in Australia, and Far North Queensland is at the gateway for many hazards. We would love to hear your stories about six of the natural hazards we face:

  1. Cyclone and severe storms
  2. Bushfire
  3. Landslide
  4. Sea level rise and costal erosion
  5. Heatwave; and
  6. Flood

How do Natural Disasters Impact Our Communities?

Local communities are deeply impacted by the social and economic costs of disasters. This project will support Douglas communities to identify and understand how various disasters are likely to impact the connectors which bind small communities and places as effective and productive much-loved places. Disasters and weather events impact across our connected social system:

  • people and social connections are affected through loss of valued places and property, disruption to community fabric, physical and mental health issues, financial stress and population shifts as people move away in search of work or family support;
  • economic connections are affected through disruption to business and therefore employment. Loss of visitor numbers due to damage or access issues, and funds diverted from economic improvement projects to recovery and reconstruction;
  • services and infrastructure connections upon which the community and the economy depends are disrupted such as telecommunications, energy supply and agency support;
  • environmental connections which are intrinsic to the region as places of renown are damaged or exposed impacting water quality, river health, shoreline and landscape vistas; and
  • transport connections including supply chains from other regions, access by visitors, sea and river transport and road transport in and out of the region which are relied upon for business continuity and everyday access to goods and services.


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Council on 07 4099 9444 or email

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