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.

  • Online Survey for Youth

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    Helping young people have a say about community resilience to disasters!

    Based on feedback from the community about wanting young people to be part of the Community-Led Resilience Planning project, we now have a survey designed for young people of high school age to contribute their thoughts.

    We want to hear from young people about their experiences of natural disasters and ideas about being prepared. The new youth survey will allow the important perspectives of young people to be part of the project.

    We invite young people to take part in this online survey to help inform the development of a community-led adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven.

    The strategy will help improve our community’s ability to respond to and recover from future disasters. It will be developed by a working group, consisting of community members and Council staff, through a series of workshops facilitated by experts from Griffith University.

    Your valuable input will be shared anonymously with the working group and will enable it to consider the diverse views, needs and aspirations of the Shoalhaven community.

    Complete the Youth Survey - please note you will be redirected to Survey Monkey to take the survey.

  • Online Survey - help improve our community's resilience to disasters

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    Your experiences of natural disasters and ideas about being prepared are valuable.

    You’re invited to take part in an online survey to help inform the development of a community-led adaptation and resilience strategy for the Shoalhaven.

    The strategy will help improve our community’s ability to respond to and recover from future disasters. It will be developed by a working group, consisting of community members and Council staff, through a series of workshops facilitated by experts from Griffith University.

    Your valuable input will be shared anonymously with the working group and will enable it to consider the diverse views, needs and aspirations of the Shoalhaven community.

    Complete the Community Survey - designed for adults
    Complete the Youth Survey - designed for young people
    Please note you will be redirected to Survey Monkey to take the surveys.

    Alternatively, if you would like to participate in the 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.

  • Workshop #1 Postponed Again

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    We regret to announce that the Community-led Resilience Planning Workshop #1 planned to take place on 16 August 2021 has, unfortunately, had to be postponed once again due to the Covid-19 situation in parts of Greater Sydney, including the nearby areas of Wollongong and Shellharbour.

    At this time, a future date for Workshop #1 will not be pencilled in until such time as restrictions across the State begin to ease. Further details will be provided to Working Group members at that time.

    In the meantime, the project team have been hard at work circulating an online survey that will provide opportunity for the community to engage in this project and provide their input.

    It would be greatly appreciated if you could assist us with circulating this survey throughout your networks. We would especially like to reach minority or marginal groups, or even those that are time poor and find it hard to engage.

    Download survey promotional poster

    Download survey promotional flyer

    If you haven't already, please be sure to subscribe for updates via the "Stay Informed" function on the project page.

  • Postponement of Workshop #1

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    The Community-led Resilience Planning Workshop #1 planned to take place this Monday 28 June 2021, has unfortunately had to be postponed due to the unfolding Covid-19 situation in parts of Greater Sydney, including the nearby areas of Wollongong and Shellharbour. This has caused travel cancellations for our project partners and workshop facilitators at Griffith University.

    Workshop #1 will now be held on 16 August 2021. Further details will be provided to Working Group members soon.

    The Project team have considered the feedback received at the recent Project Briefing and will be using this delay as an opportunity to do more to engage with diverse community groups, including young people and disadvantaged community members. This will allow these important perspectives to be part of the project.

    Further updates on these new engagement opportunities will be provided in due course.

    The postponement also provides a further opportunity for interested community members to join the Working Group. Find out more about joining the Working Group.

    Be sure to subscribe for updates via the "Stay Informed" function on the project page.

  • Further Opportunity to Join Working Group

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    Due to the postponement of the first Resilience Planning Workshop due to Covid-19, Shoalhaven City Council has extended the opportunity for interested community members to join the project's Working Group. The Group will meet over 8-10 months (final time frame to be confirmed with participants) to develop a whole of Shoalhaven Community-led Resilience Plan.

    The development of a Community-led Resilience Plan provides community members with a unique opportunity to influence decision making through participation in a planning process, facilitated by experts from Griffith University and supported by Shoalhaven City Council and Resilience NSW.

    Community-led planning takes an alternative approach to the traditional model of government led action, and it encourages communities to empower themselves to address issues that affect their quality of life. It is well suited to issues that are complex, potentially controversial and require strong community support and involvement, such as responding to the growing threat from severe weather events.

    Working Group Activities

    Participation in the Working Group requires no prior experience or knowledge of planning. However, participants will be asked to commit to attending a minimum of 8 workshops over the duration of 6-8 months and to engaging with the Griffith University facilitation team when the need arises. A small amount of reading and commenting on workshop outputs may also be required throughout the duration of the project.

    Participants will be involved in identifying ways to enhance the Shoalhaven’s capacity to respond to current and future challenges, including increased incidents and severity of extreme weather events along with climate change. Participants will also be given a platform to actively contribute to the development of a shared vision for the future of the region, as well as the identification and testing of a range of plans, policies and strategies that will be needed to support the delivery of that vision.

    The workshops will consist of a series of activities that will guide the development of the Resilience Plan, including:

    • Undertaking a SWOT analysis (identification of the regions strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats)
    • Development of a future vision for the Shoalhaven region
    • Testing of existing plans and policies against two different future scenarios
    • Identification and testing of existing and new preferred policies and strategies
    • The development of a “road map” that will assist the Shoalhaven achieve its vision whilst enhancing its resilience to deal with unpredictable events.

    Community Sub-plans and Complimentary Plans

    Additional workshops will be provided to support individual communities who seek to complement the city-wide plan with local community sub-plans that account for individual community needs and aspirations.

    Workshop Facilitation

    All workshops will be facilitated by Darryl Low Choy, who is a Professor of Environmental and Landscape Planning at Griffith University. Prof Low Choy and his research team have worked extensively with communities in Australia and abroad to help establish community-led planning responses to natural hazards, land management and peri-urban development issues. For the past four years they have worked in Shoalhaven City with Council and a number of local communities.

    To express your interest in joining the Working Group, please email council@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au providing your name, phone number and the town/suburb in which you reside.

  • Invitation to Introductory Briefing

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    Working Group registration has now closed. Thank you to everyone who attended the Introductory Briefing.
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    There is still time to register to attend the Community-led Resilience Planning Introductory Briefing on Monday, 7 June 2021. Come along to learn more about the project and how you can contribute.

    The project facilitator, Professor Darryl Low Choy from Griffith University will provide an overview of the project at the Briefing. Prof. Low Choy will explain what a community-led resilience plan looks like, and give explanation of how community members will provide advice through consultative workshops. Details on the commitment required will also be discussed.

    Introductory Briefing Details
    Date: Monday 7 June 2021
    Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
    Location: The Gallery at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre - 42 Bridge Rd, Nowra
    Tea and coffee will be provided.

    Please fill out the Registration Form to attend the Introductory Briefing.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Invitation to Join Resilience Planning Working Group

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    Registrations have now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who registered to join the Working Group.
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    Shoalhaven City Council is inviting community members to join a working group facilitated by experts from Griffith University to develop a Community-led Resilience Plan for the Shoalhaven. Community-led Planning enables local residents to create stronger, more vibrant and resilient communities, better able to respond to local challenges and opportunities.

    The planning process will see community involved in identifying the problems, solutions and actions to resolve the problems.

    By joining the working group, members will have a unique opportunity to influence decision making by participating in the planning process.

    An Introductory Briefing will be on held to provide attendees with an overview of the project and how they can contribute. Attendees will also find out what is expected of them and get the opportunity to meet the project team including the researchers.

    Participants require no prior experience or knowledge of planning. However, participants will be asked to commit to attending a minimum of 8 workshops over 6-8 months and to engage with the Griffith University facilitation team when the need arises. If you cannot commit to participating in the working group but you would like to be involved in other opportunities, be sure to subscribe for project updates via the "Stay Informed" function on the main project page.

    Sign up to join the working group via the registration form.

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