Community-led Resilience Planning - a part of the Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP)

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Do you want to improve your community’s ability to respond to and recover from future disasters? Do you want to build your community’s resilience to future disasters?

As the prevalence of natural disasters rise, the Shoalhaven is calling for community participation in response, recovery and resilience planning.

Disasters like the 2019-20 bushfires can cripple communities, businesses and the environment, and erase hard-fought development gains. To prevent such devastation, whether social or economic, an effective community-led framework must be in place before a disaster strikes.

Community-led Resilience Planning

Shoalhaven City Council is looking to empower a diverse group of community members from our region to create a Community-led Adaptation and Resilience Strategy for Shoalhaven. This work is being undertaken as part of Council's Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP).

Council has engaged Griffith University to work with residents on this project, which is an important step in strengthening recovery systems in advance of a disaster.

Sussex Inlet provides a great example of a community made more resilient through community-led crisis recovery planning. Sussex Inlet is no stranger to fire and flood, and their planning acknowledged the importance of being prepared before a disaster starts. Armed with hard-learned lessons from previous events, the local community with support from Griffith University and Council, has developed an award winning Resilience Plan. This Plan, alongside other mechanisms, provides a strategic approach to help the Sussex Inlet community, and its significantly higher than average proportion of senior residents, withstand and recover from the impacts of natural hazards.

With the impact of natural disasters increasing in magnitude and severity, the Griffith University project will now be expanded, and the methodology applied across the Shoalhaven.

Get Involved

There will be a number of opportunities for community members to get involved in the Community-led Resilience Planning component of the Shoalhaven Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP), including participating in:

  • Workshops to contribute to Shoalhaven-wide resilience planning
  • Activities in your local area to help shape community specific sub-plans

Stay Informed

If you would like to be notified when updates are available on this project, please subscribe for project update via the "Stay Informed" function on this page.

Do you want to improve your community’s ability to respond to and recover from future disasters? Do you want to build your community’s resilience to future disasters?

As the prevalence of natural disasters rise, the Shoalhaven is calling for community participation in response, recovery and resilience planning.

Disasters like the 2019-20 bushfires can cripple communities, businesses and the environment, and erase hard-fought development gains. To prevent such devastation, whether social or economic, an effective community-led framework must be in place before a disaster strikes.

Community-led Resilience Planning

Shoalhaven City Council is looking to empower a diverse group of community members from our region to create a Community-led Adaptation and Resilience Strategy for Shoalhaven. This work is being undertaken as part of Council's Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP).

Council has engaged Griffith University to work with residents on this project, which is an important step in strengthening recovery systems in advance of a disaster.

Sussex Inlet provides a great example of a community made more resilient through community-led crisis recovery planning. Sussex Inlet is no stranger to fire and flood, and their planning acknowledged the importance of being prepared before a disaster starts. Armed with hard-learned lessons from previous events, the local community with support from Griffith University and Council, has developed an award winning Resilience Plan. This Plan, alongside other mechanisms, provides a strategic approach to help the Sussex Inlet community, and its significantly higher than average proportion of senior residents, withstand and recover from the impacts of natural hazards.

With the impact of natural disasters increasing in magnitude and severity, the Griffith University project will now be expanded, and the methodology applied across the Shoalhaven.

Get Involved

There will be a number of opportunities for community members to get involved in the Community-led Resilience Planning component of the Shoalhaven Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP), including participating in:

  • Workshops to contribute to Shoalhaven-wide resilience planning
  • Activities in your local area to help shape community specific sub-plans

Stay Informed

If you would like to be notified when updates are available on this project, please subscribe for project update via the "Stay Informed" function on this page.

  • Workshop #5 - Testing Future Options

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    Workshop #5 – Testing Future Options, has been scheduled for Friday, 24 June 2022.

    When: Friday, 24 June 2022

    Where: Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre - 90 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry, Mezzanine meeting space

    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Lunch will be provided.

    If you have any questions, please email shane.pickering@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Workshop #4 - Future Options

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    Workshop #4 – Future Options, has been scheduled for Thursday, 9 June 2022.

    When: Thursday, 9 June 2022

    Where: Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre - 90 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry, Mezzanine meeting space

    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Lunch will be provided.

    If you have any questions, please email shane.pickering@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Workshop #3 - Scenario Development

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    Workshop #3 – Scenario Development, has been scheduled for Friday, 29 April 2022.

    When: Friday, 29 April 2022

    Where: Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre - 90 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry, Mezzanine meeting space

    Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Lunch will be provided.

    If you have any questions, please email shane.pickering@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au.

  • Workshop #2 - Scope and Vision - Held Online

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    Workshop #2 – Scope and Vision, scheduled for Friday, 18 March 2022 will take place, however, it will now be held online in a modified format due to the facilitator needing to be in Covid-related isolation. The Project Team apologises for this disruption and any inconvenience caused.

    The workshop will be held online (using Zoom) on Friday 18 March 2022 from 1:30pm-4:00pm (NSW time). Workshop participants have been emailed the meeting link and details on how to join the meeting.

    If you have not received the email, or have an enquiry, please email p.taygfeld@griffith.edu.au.

  • Workshop #1 - Scope and Vision - Held Online

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    Unfortunately, circumstances well beyond anybody’s control over many months have precluded our preferred option to conduct the workshops in person. We remain very aware of COVID-19 and its continuing constraint of large gatherings.

    Together with our partners at Griffith University, we have arrived at an effective solution to deliver the workshops safely under the current COVID-19 conditions by using online methods. While the use of digital conferencing is by no means new or unique, the application of it in the conduct of the workshops in which you’ll be participating is not a usual method to conduct research and strategic planning development.

    First Workshop Held Online via Microsoft Teams

    We will commence the program by holding a two-hour online workshop from 3:00 – 5:00pm on Thursday, 24 February 2022 using Microsoft Teams.

    All Working Group participants should have received an email from Council detailing the plan. For enquiries, please contact the project officer.

  • Workshops Scheduled for 2022

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    Great News! The Community Led Resilience Planning Workshops are to commence on Thursday 24 February 2022, with monthly workshops until September.

    The first workshop on 24 February 2022 will be held at the Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre - 90 Cambewarra Road, Bomaderry, within The Mezzanine meeting space.

    Workshops will be held from 9:00am – 4:00pm, and lunch will be provided.

    The timetable at this stage is as follows:

    Workshop Dates Topic

    24 February 2022

    Scope and Vision

    18 March 2022

    Scope and Vision

    29 April 2022

    Scenario Development

    9 June 2022

    Future Options

    24 June 2022

    Testing Future Options

    22 July 2022

    Backcasting

    12 August 2022

    Adaptive Pathways

    9 September 2022

    Implementation

    October 2022 (TBC) Final Plan Presintation


    The project team wish you a merry and safe Christmas and holiday season and look forward to catching up face to face next year.

  • Survey Findings Report and Webinar Recording

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    A one-hour webinar was presented on 23 November 2021 by Council and the Griffith University research team to share the findings from the community survey which was undertaken earlier this year.

    A Webinar Recording is available for those who were not able to attend on the day.

    The webinar outlined the survey objectives, presented the results, and discussed how the findings may contribute to the future development of the long-term adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven.

    A Survey Findings Report is also available for a more detailed look at the survey results.

    The survey engaged 390 community members. The respondents answered questions about their experience with extreme weather events, and about the strengths and weaknesses of the Shoalhaven in withstanding and recovering from these events. Some interesting themes emerged that will be useful to those involved in the preparation of the strategy.

    Workshops Update

    A poll was recently undertaken to find out the preferred commencement month for the Resilience Planning Workshops - now Covid restrictions have relaxed and face to face events can take place again. The poll found that the majority of participants would be ready to start the workshops in February 2022.

    Griffith University are currently firming up dates and once confirmed the working group will be notified.

    If you haven’t already, you can subscribe for update on this project via the 'Stay Informed' widget on the main project page.


  • Invitation to Webinar – An appetite for action: Resilience Survey Results

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    by Madelaine North,
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    Shoalhaven City Council in partnership with Griffith University invites you to attend a one-hour webinar on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 2.00pm. The purpose of the webinar is to share the results from an online community survey that was undertaken by a research team from Griffith University between July and September 2021, as part of the Community-led Resilience Planning component of the Recovery Into Resilience Project (RRP).

    Webinar - An appetite for action: Resilience Survey Results
    Presenters: Prof Darryl Low Choy and Ms Pazit Taygfeld from Griffith University
    Time and date: 2.00pm, Tuesday 23 November 2021
    Duration: 1 hour
    Location: Online via Microsoft Teams *

    The survey was conducted during lockdown when face-to-face engagement was not possible, as a way to start gathering information to help inform the development of a community-led adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven.

    The survey engaged 390 community members. Respondents answered questions about their experience with extreme weather events, and about the strengths and weaknesses of the Shoalhaven in withstanding and recovering from these events. Some interesting themes emerged that will be useful to those involved in the preparation of this Strategy.

    The webinar will outline the survey objectives, present the results, and discuss how the findings may contribute to the future development of the long-term adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven. Questions will be taken by the research team and Council’s representative after the presentation. We hope to see you there!

    *You don't need to register to attend the Webinar. Simply join the Webinar via the above link prior to the start time using a smart device (computer, tablet or phone with internet connection). You will be able to view the presentation and interact via a chat function (Q&A). Your device’s camera and microphone will not be utilised during the webinar.

  • Survey Closing Soon!

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    Time is running out to participate in the online survey to help inform the development of a community-led adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven. The survey will close on Friday, 24 September 2021.

    The youth survey for high school aged young people will remain open a little longer.

    Thanks to everyone who has already participated in the surveys.

    If you would like to participate in either survey but are unable to access a computer or get online, please call the Recovery Helpline on (02) 4429 5888 between Monday and Friday 9am-5pm and you will be assisted to complete the survey over the phone.

  • Community-led Resilience Planning – Project Update

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    We continue to be pleased and very grateful for the incredible response the project has received from the Community and Council staff. A big thank you to the those who have volunteered for the workshops, completed one of the preliminary surveys to inform and underpin those workshops or the many who have engaged in both.

    COVID Impact

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the likelihood of us receiving the Griffith University team in-person in the Shoalhaven for the workshops is stalled for the foreseeable future. However, we do not wish to weaken or diminish the community’s clear enthusiasm to participate, so we have given much thought to what we may be able to conduct using virtual means in the interim.

    Survey Analysis and Webinar Series

    The first priority of our Griffith University partners is to begin to analyse the survey responses (over 365 received so far) and to use this analysis to prepare for the workshops. The adult survey and youth survey will remain open for a while longer for those who still wish to participate.

    The survey analysis will be presented to the workshop participants as part of a new project component - an online webinar series. This will include some informative presentations relevant to adaptation and resilience issues to underpin the workshops’ commencement. A timetable for the webinar series is currently being developed and you will be provided with the details once the survey data have been analysed.

    Workshops Remain Postponed

    While we have built additional engagement opportunities into the project’s methodology, the workshops continue to be our primary focus and we intend to hold them as soon as it is possible.

    It is important to appreciate that the workshops must be conducted in person as the process requires free flowing and frank discussion amongst participants which cannot be achieved in an online forum. Additionally, the workshops are cumulative - they build progressively upon each other - which is the fundamental reason behind the necessity of face-to-face contact.

    For the moment, please continue to be enthusiastic and supportive of the workshops and the work ahead. We thank you again for your level of participation in the survey and we will be back to you in the coming weeks to let you know the webinar details – content, timing and connection information.

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