Fitzroy and Capricornia Regional Resilience Strategy

The Queensland Government has partnered with the six Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) member councils to deliver the Fitzroy and Capricornia Regional Resilience Strategy which harnesses local expertise to champion a holistic approach to disaster resilience for the region. It outlines the shared vision for resilience for the councils of Central Queensland, their resilience challenges, opportunities, exposure, risks, pathways to resilience and implementation. 

Project background

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. 

Multi-hazard approach

The Fitzroy and Capricornia Regional Resilience Strategy builds upon the flood focus of the Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy released in January 2020, to apply a locally led, regionally coordinated, and state facilitated approach to also address multi-hazards.

Delivery of Regional Resilience Strategies in Queensland to address multi-hazards such as flood, 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 CQROC in partnership the CQROC member councils:

  • Banana Shire Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Gladstone Regional Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Rockhampton Regional Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council.  

Resilience Action Plans

QRA has worked with the councils of Central Queensland 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.

Every council in Queensland will receive Resilience Action Plan - a clear forward plan for how we can make lasting change into the future through sustained investment in resilience and mitigation activities.

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.   

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Related project: The Fitzroy Resilience Strategy - Flood (pilot project)

The original Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy was one of the four pilot projects for Resilient Queensland and is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to support every region across the state with an individually-tailored regional resilience plan by 2022. In 2019-20, the Queensland Government partnered with six councils to deliver the Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy, which uses a collaborative catchment approach for best practice management of flood warning infrastructure.

The purpose of the Strategy is to provide a consistent and coordinated approach to manage flood warning infrastructure throughout the region that will enhance community safety and resilience. Future actions for the Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy will include an integrated, multi-hazard and multidisciplinary approach to coordinating resilience actions across the Fitzroy and Capricornia region.

The Strategy has been developed in consultation with Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC); Banana Shire Council; Central Highlands Regional Council; Isaac Regional Council; Livingstone Shire Council; Rockhampton Regional Council; Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council;  with input from supporting stakeholder agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology, Fitzroy Basin Association and SunWater.