Regional Resilience Strategies
The Queensland Government is focused on strengthening 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 identifies and prioritises actions to strengthen disaster resilience over time.
Regional Resilience Pilot projects
Working together for a more Resilient Queensland
As the most disaster prone state in Australia, it is critical we look for new ways to work together to improve how we prepare and respond to natural disasters.
Three regional resilience strategies were piloted throughout 2019 and released in February 2020:
- Central West Queensland Regional Resilience Strategy
- Mary Regional Resilience Strategy
- Fitzroy Regional Resilience Strategy.
All three pilot projects will be evaluated ahead of statewide implementation.
The regional resilience strategies are building on the successful 2019 delivery of the Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy, which delivered a suite of actions to be prioritised and delivered over time to strengthen flood resilience in the region.
About the Regional Resilience Strategy pilot projects
In 2016, the Queensland Reconstruction Authority undertook extensive consultation with councils throughout Queensland about the challenges in managing potential risks. The pilot projects will address these key challenges by working towards the following objectives:
- building a resilient society
- enhancing economic resilience
- improving infrastructure
- advancing disaster recovery operations
- increasing government capability and capacity
- improving funding certainty.
Integrated approaches to make resilience part of business as usual
The regional resilience strategies recognise the important role that all Queenslanders play in building resilience by incorporating integrated planning approaches that involve a range of professions and stakeholder groups. Key components of the integrated approach are detailed in the following diagram.
Key elements of the pilot projects
- co-design of project objectives and outcomes through a process of appreciative enquiry
- local leadership, facilitated through regional coordination and supported by the State
- flexibility and scalability to adapt to changing contexts and tailoring to specific community needs
- facilitated capacity building to supports local and regional capabilities
- prioritised resilience solutions that are matched to appropriate resources and funding opportunities
- integrated resilience planning across economic, human and social, built form and environmental lines of resilience.
For further details about the pilot projects please contact QRA's Resilience team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.