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Thursday, 16 May 2013
|Focusing on resilience|
The importance of volunteering
Resilience Week pilot
| Focusing on resilience|
|Community resilience plays a vital role in ensuring that communities recover from disasters such as bushfires, storms and floods. |
The strength and prosperity of any community, no matter how big or small, are enhanced by the resilience of its individuals and communities.
• The capacity at different levels – individual, family, community or even
an entire country – to anticipate and engage with a crisis without losing identity.
• When the community understands their risks so that they are better
able to prepare, plan and respond to a crisis event and hence recover quicker
• Resilience is when a community is well connected; where neighbours know
and support each other, where volunteerism is high and residents have a
strong sense of wellbeing.
Council is committed to helping communities build resilience through providing information and support, and aiding recovery and preparation.
Council has released a Community Resilience Plan 2012 - 2015, which is available here.
This plan focuses on the importance of building resilient communities and identifies how best to do this.
| The importance of volunteering|
|Active volunteers play a vital role in a community's resilience. |
Council has begun producing a monthly Volunteers Column in the Myrtleford Times, Bright Observer and Kiewa Valley Observer newspapers.
This column explores ideas and understandings of volunteering, how being a volunteer can positively impact on volunteers and your community, and how you can become involved as a volunteer.
The column can be downloaded here:
Volunteer Column 1
Volunteer Column 2
Volunteer Column 3
| Resilience Week pilot|
|Council highlighted the importance of disaster preparedness with a pilot “Resilience Week” late last year. |
Resilience Week ran from Monday, 19 November - Friday, 23 November 2012 and aimed to educate the community on the role resilience plays in recovery.
The fledgling program emphasised the importance of preparedness to a community’s resilience in the face of natural disasters.
As part of Resilience Week Council included a liftout on the Myrtleford Times, Bright Observer and Kiewa Valley Observer.
This liftout outlines the roles of different organisations in the event of an emergency.
Download the liftout here.
|Council has designed Resilience Folders containing valuable information on the role of Alpine Shire Council and other agencies, relief centres, Neighbourhood Safer Places and general emergency information such as emergency kits and how can you reduce your risk. |
The folders are available in hardcopy at Council’s Bright Offices, Myrtleford and Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centres and the Alpine Information Centre, Bright, and libraries in Myrtleford, Mount Beauty and Bright.
Copies of the resources are available for download below:
* The role of Council in an emergency
* Neighbourhood Safer Places information
* Relief centres in an emergency
* The role of the State Government in an emergency
The Resilience Folders are available at the following locations across the Alpine Shire:
Myrtleford Visitor Information Centre (VIC)
Post Office Complex, Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford
Phone: (03) 5755 0514
Cnr Standish Street and O'Donnell Avenue, Myrtleford
Phone: (03) 5752 2038
Mount Beauty VIC
31 Bogong High Plains Road, Mount Beauty
Phone: (03) 5755 0596
Mount Beauty Library
Lakeside Avenue, Mount Beauty
Phone: (03) 5754 4542
Mount Beauty Sports Stadium
Pool Road, Mount Beauty
Phone: (03) 5754 1181
Mount Beauty Neighbourhood Centre
1 Tennis Court Avenue, Mount Beauty
Phone: (03) 5754 1166
Alpine Information Centre
119 Gavan Street, Bright
Phone: (03) 5755 0584
Ireland Street, Bright
Phone: (03) 5755 1540
Alpine Shire Council Offices
Cnr Hawthorn Lane and Churchill Avenue, Bright
Phone: (03) 5755 0555
Ovens Happy Valley Hotel
Great Alpine Road, Ovens
Phone: (03) 5751 1628
Myrtleford - Yackandandah Road, Mudgegonga
Phone: (03) 5753 4590
Happy Valley Hall
Happy Valley Road, Rosewhite
Phone: (03) 5753 5318
St Albans Hall
Kiewa Valley Highway, Running Creek
Phone: (02) 6028 9472
2201 Gundowring Road, Gundowring
Phone: 0428 289 515
2312 Gundowring Road
Phone: (02) 6028 9888
221 Kiewa Valley Highway, Tawonga South
Phone: (03) 5754 4002
Tawonga General Store
Kiewa Valley Highway
Phone: (03) 5754 1667
4561 Kiewa Valley Hwy, Dederang
Phone: (02) 6028 9555
Kiewa Valley Highway
Phone: 02 6028 9325
Harrietville General Store
219 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville
Phone: (03) 5759 2553
Dinner Plain VIC
572 Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain
Phone: 1300 734 365
Porepunkah Roadhouse and Post Office
Nicholson Street, Porepunkah
Phone: (03) 5756 2345
| Through Women's Eyes Project|
|"Through Women's Eyes" was a combined project recently conducted by Women's Health Goulburn North East and Alpine Shire Council, with funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). |
The project aimed to gather women's unique perspectives on disasters and resilience and to contribute to local community resilience planning.
31 Alpine Shire women, aged from 16 - 80+ years, took part in discussion groups at Kancoona, Rosewhite, Mount Beauty and Myrtleford.
Posters have been created addressing each key question related to resilience and the role women play in keeping their community strong in the face of adversity.
The questions that were explored included:
* What is resilience?
* What helps to build resilience?
* What does not help to build resilience?
* How does disaster impact on women?
* How do men and women differ in the way they manage a crisis?
* What needs to change to build greater resilience?
The Alpine Shire Council - Community Resilience Committee and Women's Health Goulburn North East will use the disaster and community resilience strategies identified during the project to help prepare local communities for future hazardous events and to advocate for improvements in government emergency management policy and practice.