Sustainability in post disaster road infrastructure recovery projects in Queensland, Australia

Weerakoon, Ruwan, Kumar, Arun, & Desha, Cheryl (2012) Sustainability in post disaster road infrastructure recovery projects in Queensland, Australia. In Central Region Engineering Conference 2012 Proceedings, Engineers Australia Queensland Division, Rockhampton, QLD, pp. 63-68.

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between mid 2010 and early 2011, Queensland road related infrastructures were devastated by flood and cyclone related natural disasters. Responding to these recent events and in preparing for more regular and intense climate-change induced events in future, the Queensland Government is now reviewing how post-disaster road infrastructure recovery projects are planned and delivered. In particular, there is awareness that rebuilding such infrastructure need sustainable strategies across economic, environmental and social dimensions.

A comprehensive sustainability assessment framework for pre and post disaster situations can minimize negative impact on our communities, economy and environment. This research is underway to develop a comprehensive sustainability element frame work for post disaster management in road infrastructures in Queensland, Australia. Analyzing the implications of disruption to transport network and associated services is an important part of preparing local and regional responses to the impacts of natural disasters. This research can contribute to strategic planning, management leading to safe, efficient and integrated transport system that supports sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes in Queensland.

Within this context, this paper provides an overview of the qualitative mixed-method research approach involving literature reviews and case studies to explore and evaluate a number of sustainability elements with a view to develop operational strategies for disaster recovery road projects.

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ID Code: 58420
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Sustainability Assessment Framework, Social Sustainability, Economic Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Post Disaster Road Recovery Projects, CEDM
ISBN: 1921047690
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2013 05:52
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2014 04:44

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