Central West Regional Resilience Strategy

The Queensland Government has partnered with the seven councils that make up the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) to deliver the Central West Regional Resilience Strategy which harnesses local expertise to champion a holistic approach to disaster resilience for the region.

The purpose of the Strategy is to focus on new possibilities through aligning the objectives of economic development, resilience and climate adaptation in order to help the region reduce its exposure to the effects of climate variability and uncertainty.

The Strategy includes consideration of the increasing strong cycles of persistent drought and flood facing the region, which is taking its toll on families, communities, businesses, stock and land. It focuses on prosperity as a key driver for resilience – a means of minimising or reducing the effects of climate-induced natural hazards through a resilient society and economy.  

Implementation of the Strategy will now be overseen by RAPAD in partnership with Barcaldine Regional Council, Barcoo Shire Council, Blackall-Tambo Regional Council, Boulia Shire Council, Diamantina Shire Council, Longreach Regional Council, and Winton Shire Council.

Catchment local flood knowledge maps

As part of the Strategy, a suite of catchment maps has been produced which capture extensive local knowledge of the dynamics of the Cooper, Diamantina and Georgina catchment landscapes.

Building from input from across Queensland Government, in partnership with local government and aided by input from Desert Channels NRM and landholders across the Central West, the maps provide valuable information on a range of landscape aspects from flood behaviour to geology, rainfall, disaster management and other environmental attributes of these systems which form part of the Lake Eyre Basin.

The catchment maps are published for download below.