Regional Resilience Plans
The Queensland Government is focused on empowering local governments to strengthen disaster resilience so that communities are better equipped to deal with the increasing prevalence of natural disasters.
A key outcome of Resilient Queensland will be the development of regional resilience plans that will support the coordination and prioritisation of future resilience building and mitigation projects across Queensland. By 2022, every local government in Queensland will be part of a regional resilience strategy that clearly identify risks and prioritised actions to strengthen disaster resilience over time.
Regional Resilience Pilot projects
Queensland is a unique and diverse state that faces a number of disaster risks including fires, floods, cyclones and earthquakes.
The Queensland Government is partnering with local governments to deliver regional resilience pilot projects across urban, coastal, rural and remote communities that will be delivered by 2019 ahead of a statewide rollout.
Locations of the Regional Resilience pilot projects
The Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy is the first of the pilot projects to be delivered and was completed in May 2018. It was co-developed with the four local governments in the Burnett Catchment in partnership with state agencies, and was overseen by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils.
The Burnett Catchment pilot project has delivered a unified vision for the flood resilience in the catchment along with a suite of regional-scale resilience actions that will be prioritised and co-delivered over time.
A further three pilot locations will commence from late 2018 in:
- Western Queensland
- Fitzroy Region
- Mary River Region.
These three additional pilot locations will involve collaboration across 17 councils to focus on key resilience issues relevant to each region ranging from persistent drought, severe storms and floods.
Further pilot locations will be identified for northern Queensland by 2019 ahead of statewide implementation for the remaining regions from 2020.
The intent of the pilot concept is to support and facilitate others, particularly local governments, in delivering practical resilience solutions across the state. The project will use an approach of multi-disciplinary ‘supported self-help’ to arrive at a coordinated and integrated resilience strategy. This involves providing the governance, policy and implementation support required to enable delivery of practical solutions by local governments with the support of others including other state agencies such as QFES, and non-government organisations.
The purpose of the regional resilience plans is to develop consistent and coordinated approaches to building resilience across local government boundaries. This involves using existing working arrangements such as Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) and District Disaster Management Groups (DDMGs) to drive regional collaboration, rather than creating new governance arrangements.
The plans will unite stakeholders at the regional level to coordinate and prioritise regional-scale resilience actions that will be prioritised and co-delivered over time.
For futher details about the pilot projects please contact QRA's Resilience team via email to Resilience@qldra.org.au.