Stage one of the implementation of the Queensland Neighbourhood Centres Strategy for Bushfire Resilience 2021-2023 has just been completed, and Neighbourhood and Community Centres and their communities are far more disaster-resilient thanks to their collective actions over the past year.
An amazing 85% of applicable Neighbourhood Centres participated in the strategy. These 21 Centres kicked goals toward the following bushfire resilience strategies:
Strategy A: Raise awareness among Disaster Management representatives of the capacity of NCCs to respond to the needs of Bushfire affected communities.
Strategy B: Continue to build relationships with Local Disaster Management Groups (LDMGs) and explore collaborative ways to enhance community resilience to bushfire.
Strategy C: Develop a process for managing and supporting volunteers.
Strategy D: Develop a business continuity plan template for Neighbourhood Centres.
Strategy E: Enhance collaboration and resource sharing among Neighbourhood Centres.
Some key project achievements by Neighbourhood Centres and NCQ included:
- Developed and presented key messaging of the role and value of Neighbourhood Centres in bushfire and disaster resilience
- Strengthened new and existing relationships with LDMGs (including a range of levels), other local/state/national organisations and between Neighbourhood Centres
- Developed and promoted Centre’s bushfire and disaster related stories of impact
- 14 Centres hosted community disaster preparedness sessions with over 300 people, many of whom are marginalised or disadvantaged
- Distribution of items of need to vulnerable people, particularly through discussions with people in homelessness Eg. wind up torch/radio/chargers, ponchos, plastic sheets, QFES preparation kits
- Centres shared resources for use by other Centres
- Hosted 6 online workshops for Centres with the Australian Red Cross, CSIA and GIVIT and prepared 3 future workshops.
- Developed a guide for Centres seeking spontaneous volunteers
- Development of business continuity planning
In summary of this project, as one Centre stated, “this has been a valuable project that has provided Neighbourhood Centres with a base from which they can grow from”.
This implementation project was jointly funded under the Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
Published: 28 June, 2022