Like many municipalities in Australia, Kingborough area is vulnerable to natural disasters. However, the council is not just sitting on its hands are seeing how things will turn out – it has an action plan. And importantly, Kingborough Council recognises the council and the community (individuals and businesses) have a shared responsibility to actively engage in emergency management to build community resilience, so there is a broad-base of agencies and community groups involved.
Day One of Congress 2017 is your chance to join the full day study tour of Kingborough Municipality, which has incorporated award-winning programs into its community resilience efforts. And the council has not been afraid to ask for and accept help; in 2015, the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program (NDGRP) provided funds to council for a range of community resilience projects called Kingborough is Getting Ready.
– Develop the capacity of residents and business to respond to and recover from disasters
– Provide a detailed capacity and communication assessment for Bruny Island
– Explore the risk and potential solutions for hazard management at Kingston beach
For fire-readiness, the council works closely with the Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods program of the Tasmania Fire Service. During the Study Tour, Suzette Harrison will share how the Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods program – using asset-based community development principles – has been successful in supporting high-risk communities become bushfire-ready. Suzette will discuss the challenges and opportunities, as well as the critical elements for successful community engagement.
The Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods Program was the winner of the 2014 National Resilient Australia Award (emergency management) and the 2016 Best Practice Institute of Public Administration State Award and in 2015 the inaugural IAP2 Emergency Services Core Values Award for Best Practice in community engagement, and is an outstanding example of community engagement best practice towards disaster resilient communities.
In helping its communities prepare for natural disasters, Kingborough Council aims to improve these communities’ capacity to cope and recover from natural disasters. The Study Tour will provide practical ideas that can be applied or modified for your own municipality.