DISASTERS impact all communities in Douglas Shire differently.
That is why our Disaster Management Team wants to tap into local knowledge through a series of workshops planned for October and November this year. Members of the community, from Bloomfield and Degarra to Wangetti Beach, are invited to provide their insights into how natural hazards impact them.
Information collected at the workshops will be used to develop a resilience scorecard for each community.
The resilience scorecards will explore each area’s vulnerabilities to natural hazards and help pinpoint the actions needed to improve resilience.
While we cannot influence the severity of a natural weather event for example, we can improve the level of community preparedness, and this in turn reduces the impacts.
This is a great opportunity for residents to drop by, have a yarn and talk about experiences with natural hazards and communicate expert local knowledge.
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.
Cost of Project
Douglas Resilience Scorecard Survey
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:
- Cyclone and severe storms
- Sea level rise and costal erosion
- Heatwave; and
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.