Creating regional resilience in Australia

Holt-Damant, Kathi & Drogemuller, Robin (2015) Creating regional resilience in Australia. In Barnes, Paul H. & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (Eds.) The Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction. (8-10 July 2013), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 28-35.

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Abstract

This paper explores the impact that extreme weather events can have on communities. Using the Brisbane floods of 2011 to examine the recovery operations, the paper highlights the effectiveness of recovery and rebuilding in already strong and resilient communities.

Our research has shown that communities which have a strong sense of identity, as well as organized places to meet, develop resilient networks that come into play in times of crisis. The increasing trend of the fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in/drive-out (DIDO) workforce to service regional areas has undermined the resilience of existing communities. The first hint of this occurs with community groups not knowing who their neighbours are.

The paper is based on research examining the needs of groups in regional communities with the goal to better equip regional communities with the capacity to respond positively to change (and crisis) through in-novative, evidence-based policies, resilience strategies and tools. Part of this process was to build an evidence-base to address a range of challenges associated with the place-based environments and the sharing of information systems within communities and decision makers.

The first part of the paper explores the context in which communities have been required to mobilize in response to crises; the issues that have galvanized a common purpose; and the methods by which these communities shared their knowledge.

The second part of the paper examines how communities could plan for and mitigate natural disasters in the future by developing better decision making tools.

The paper defines the requirements for information systems that will link data models of built infrastruc-ture with data from the disaster and response plans. These will then form the basis for the use of social media to coordinate activities between official crews and the public to improve response coordination and provide the technology that could reduce the time required to allow communities to resume some semblance of normality.

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ID Code: 70681
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Conference held July 2013. Proceedings published online March 2015.
Keywords: Regional Communities, Regional Resilience, Placemaking, Social networks, Flooding events, CEDM, Risk-informed Disaster Management: Planning for Response, Recovery and Resilience
ISBN: 9781921897733
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architecture not elsewhere classified (120199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 30 Apr 2014 01:30
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2015 00:50

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