Women helping their community become more resilient

LOCAL women are being asked to share their experiences to help make their communities more resilient in the future.

Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with Women’s Health Goulburn North East, is seeking comment from local women to share their view of resilience and natural disasters to help build strong communities.

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is providing additional funding to support the project.

Community Building and Engagement Officer Jan Mock said the project is aimed at increasing disaster and community resilience skills.

“We will use the experience and views of local women to build resilience strategies for the future,” she said.

“Research shows that women are resilient during times of hardship, often being the glue that keeps their families and communities going through the difficult times.

“Women are also some of the most vulnerable people during a disaster because of their economic situation and roles in society.

We are already learning a great deal from the project’s Kancoona Group and are keen to run two more groups to gather local women’s knowledge about resilience.

Council is seeking volunteers from two sections of the community - women of any age group who live in the Myrtleford area and young women aged 16 - 24 from across the Alpine Shire.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Jan Mock on 5755 0575 or via email at janm@alpineshire.vic.gov.au.

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