Townsville and Palm Island 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 Townsville and Palm Island 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.

The Townsville component of the Strategy will have a 'Recovery to Resilience' focus to support continued local efforts following the 2019 flood event.  

The Palm Island component of the Strategy will champion the unique infrastructure, wellbeing and disaster management resources needs of the community. 
 

Steering committee

The Project Steering Committee for the Regional Resilience Strategy for the Townsville and Palm Island Region is comprised of the council project partners.

Region

The geographic extent of the Regional Resilience Strategy for the Townsville and Palm Island Region is the combined area of the two local governments.

Council partners

The Regional Resilience Strategy for the Townsville and Palm Island Region is a partnership with the following councils:

  • Townsville City Council
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council.

Project update

  • Completed project actions
    • project briefing with Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council (May 2021)
    • co-design meeting to determine project scope (February 2021)
    • initial project briefing with Townsville City Council (November 2020) 
  • Next steps
    • councils reviewing and endorsing Terms of Reference
    • 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 Strategy for the Townsville and Palm Island Region will be formulated through information gathering from stakeholders who play a role in regional resilience and who have the ability to contribute knowledge skills and actions towards resilience improvement. Participation is at the discretion of the local governments. The QRA resilience team will consult with local government on participation by stakeholders outside their organisations. Stakeholders may comprise:

  • Federal 
    • National Drought North Queensland Flood Response 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), Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and Queensland Health
    • representatives from local or regional jurisdictions of state-wide asset owners or providers such as Aurizon, Telstra, Ergon Energy
    • representatives from local government bodies such as the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)  
    • invited representatives with special expertise such as Department of Environment and Science, regional Land and Sea Rangers or University experts
  • Regional  
    • the Mount Isa to Townsville Enterprise Zone (MITEZ) organisation
    • the North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (NQROC)
    • Taskforce NQ
    • representatives from the Dry Tropics Natural Resource Management (NRM)
    • allocated representatives from Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA) – Regional Liaison or Recovery Officers.
  • Local 
    • all local government staff with responsibilities across the lines of resilience and at various levels of seniority
    • business and landowners
    • community groups and any recovery groups still in operation  
    • local and regional traditional owner groups; and
    • local and regional disaster management professionals.