Burnett 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.

Building on the Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy

This multi-hazard approach will build on work completed by project partners to develop the award winning Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy, released in May 2018 as one of the four pilot projects delivered under Resilient Queensland.

Multi-hazard approach

The Regional Resilience Strategy for the Burnett 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 will be comprised of the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils (WBBROC).

Region

The geographic extent of the Burnett Regional Resilience Strategy is the boundaries of the combined area of local governments of the WBBROC including the Bundaberg, Cherbourg, North Burnett, South Burnett member councils.

Council partners

The Regional Resilience Strategy for the Burnett region is a partnership with the following councils:

  • Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Cherbourg Regional Council
  • North Burnett Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council.

Project update

  • Completed project actions
    • co-design workshop with the former WBBROC Resilience Committee held in Gympie (February 2021)
  • Next steps
    • continue to engage with individual Councils and WBBROC on process to update the existing Burnett Strategy to a multi-hazard approach
    • proposed project deliverables: a community profile; a multi-hazard, multi-sector approach; Queensland Emergency Risk Management (QEMRF) Process 1 support as required; Department of Environment and Science Sector Adaptation Plans; a Regional Resilience Strategy; and a Local Action Plan per council.

Related project: The Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy (pilot project)

The purpose of the Burnett Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy is to guide how we work together to proactively reduce flood risk and increase resilience throughout the catchment. It provides pathways for improving resilience over time, and a clear suite of strategies outlining the range of approaches required to improve the flood resilience of the catchment as well as government systems that are critical to its success.

The Wide Bay Regional Organisation of Councils was a joint winner in the Resilient Australian Awards 2018 Government Award category for the Burnett River Catchment Flood Resilience Strategy, and the project received a commendation at the 2018 Planning Institute of Australia Awards category for Improving Planning Processes and Practices.