Far North Regional Resilience Strategy - Project update

Project purpose

By 2022, every region across Queensland will be part of a locally-led and regionally-coordinated blueprint to strengthen disaster resilience. 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.

Multi-hazard approach

The Regional Resilience Strategy for the Far North Hinterland to Gulf Region will use a locally led, regionally coordinated and state facilitated approach with multi-sector stakeholder participation to address the following hazards:

  • cyclone (severe storm and wind) 
  • bushfire 
  • flood 
  • heatwave
  • earthquake.

Steering committee

The Project Steering Committee for the Regional Resilience Strategy for the Far North Hinterland to Gulf Region is comprised of the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC).

Region

The geographic extent of the Regional Resilience Strategy for the Far North Hinterland to Gulf Region is the combined area of the three local governments of the FNQROC member councils.

Council partners

The Regional Resilience Strategy for the Far North Hinterland to Gulf Region is a partnership with the following councils:

  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Etheridge Shire Council
  • Mareeba Shire Council.

Project update

  • Completed project actions
    • co-design Big Map workshop in Port Douglas to coincide with the FNQROC meeting (April 2021)
    • initial project meetings with individual councils (October-December 2020)
  • Next steps
    • draft Terms of Reference for endorsement by FNQROC
    • proposed project deliverables: a community profile; a multi-hazard, multi-sector approach; Queensland Emergency Risk Management (QERMF) Process 1 support as required; Department of Environment and Science Sector Adaptation Plans; a Regional Resilience Strategy; and a Local Action Plan per council.

Stakeholders

The regional resilience strategies will be formulated through information gathering from stakeholders who have the ability to contribute knowledge skills and actions towards resilience improvement. The QRA resilience team will consult with local government on participation by stakeholders outside their organisations. For the Far North Hinterland to Gulf Region, the stakeholders may comprise:

  • Federal
    • National Resilience and Recovery Agency
  • State
    • representatives from local or regional branches of state agencies such as the Department of State Development Infrastructure Local Government and Planning;
    • representatives from local or regional jurisdictions of state agencies such as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Queensland Police Service (QPS) or Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and Queensland Health;
    • representatives from local or regional jurisdictions of statewide asset owners or providers such as Aurizon, Telstra, Ergon Energy;
    • representatives from local government bodies such as the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ); or
    • invited representatives with special expertise such as Department of Environment and Science, regional Land and Sea Rangers or University experts.
  • Regional  
    • representatives from the Northern Gulf Natural Resource Management (NRM);
    • allocated representatives from QRA – Regional Liaison or Recovery Officers;
    • representatives from local government bodies such as the broader FNQROC members; and
    • representatives from regional industry bodies such as Queensland Farmers Federation or similar.
  • Local  
    • all local government staff with responsibilities across the lines of resilience and at various levels of seniority;
    • business and Landowners at local level  
    • community groups;
    • local and regional traditional owner groups; and
    • local and regional disaster management professionals.