Darling Downs Regional Resilience Strategy
The Queensland Government has partnered with the four members of the Darling Downs South West Council of Mayors (DDSWCOM) to deliver the Darling Downs Regional Resilience Strategy which harnesses local expertise to champion a holistic approach to disaster resilience for the region.
This locally-led and regionally coordinated strategy is the result of a co-design process and outlines the shared vision for resilience for the councils of the Darling Downs, their resilience challenges, opportunities, exposure, risks, pathways to resilience and implementation.
By 2022, every region across Queensland will be part of a locally-led and regionally-coordinated blueprint to strengthen disaster resilience. These Regional Resilience Strategies and local resilience action plans will help to keep Queenslanders safe by providing a coordinated approach to identify and prioritise disaster resilience actions.
The Darling Downs Regional Resilience Strategy focuses on supporting local government in the areas of connectivity, infrastructure resilience, social wellbeing, natural resource management, and disaster management resources.
Delivery of Regional Resilience Strategies in Queensland aim to address hazards such as cyclone (severe storm and wind), bushfire, earthquake and heatwave, is a key outcome of Resilient Queensland: Delivering the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience, and is a published commitment under the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Sendai Framework.
Implementation of the Strategy will now be overseen by DDSWCOM in partnership the DDSWCOM member councils:
- Goondiwindi Regional Council
- Southern Downs Regional Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council
- Western Downs Regional Council.
Resilience Action Plans
QRA has worked with the councils of the Darling Downs to develop and deliver Local Resilience Action Plans that will help keep communities safe by providing a coordinated approach to identifying and prioritising disaster resilience actions, and embedding resilience and risk reduction into decision making and investment.
All councils that participated in the co-design process now have a Resilience Action Plan providing a clear forward plan for how we can make lasting change into the future through sustained investment in resilience and mitigation activities. Statewide more than 4400 local resilience actions have been identified.
These Resilience Action Plans aim to support councils to be as proactive as possible to describe their local resilience needs, and to build a forward program of effort that can be matched to funding opportunities over time as they emerge. The benefit of this is that local communities needs will be well known at all levels of government, and we can progressively deliver on these needs over time.