Community Resilience Project

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Pyrenees Shire Council has been implementing a Community Resilience Project funded by the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme over the past 12 months. This project has culminated in the development of the report – ‘Safe and Resilient Pyrenees – Building safer and more Resilient Pyrenees Communities Inside and Out,’ presented at the Council meeting on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

The report provides insights into some of the elements that shape resilience in our communities, the challenges going forward and offers recommendations for how communities, in partnership with Council, can address some of these challenges detailed in a three-year action plan.

Council would like to thank all community members who have contributed to the development of this report. Those who completed the Community Resilience survey in December 2017, as well as Community Action Planning Coordinators, will receive a hardcopy of the report in the coming month. Hardcopies of the report will also be available at the Council Offices in Beaufort, the Beaufort Community Resource Centre and the Avoca Information Centre.

If you would like to request a copy of the report, or provide feedback, please contact Laura Buchanan, Emergency Management Coordinator via email – laura.buchanan@pyrenees.vic.gov.au or by phone 0409 395 910.

The completion of this project has already had a positive flow-on effect, providing some of the evidence for Council’s submission for project funding to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, in which we were successful. The $80,000 of funding will be used to employ a Community Engagement Project Officer to work specifically with residents of the Snake Valley township and surrounding areas to increase community awareness to emergency risks and enhance resilience. It is hoped that this will result in the development of a processes and governance structure that can be modified and applied to other townships in the Pyrenees in the future.

Council looks forward to implementing this action plan and seeing its positive impacts on the communities of the Pyrenees into the future. We welcome any feedback on the report and/or projects

Download the Pyrenees Shire Resilience Report here.(PDF, 1MB)