Did you know that Resilience has been identified as one of the four key regional themes in the Hunter JO Strategic Plan 2032?
The Hunter is predicted to experience increased extreme weather and natural disasters, with the effects of this already impacting the region. Many of the region’s communities are struggling to recover from the continual and combined impacts of more frequent and severe natural disasters.
The Hunter JO’s resilience program aims to respond to the increasing risks and effects of climate change and enable Councils to increase resilience and embed place-based solutions and responses through the region.
The Hunter JO has recently been awarded funding under the NSW Government’s Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (Local and Regional Stream) to help reduce regional disaster risk through early action and place-based collaboration in our region. Our Disaster Risk Reduction program includes four sub-projects:
- Regional support and capacity building program
- Disaster waste management and resource recovery preparedness
- Regional transport and connectivity vulnerability assessment
- Simtables for multi-hazard disaster engagement
We know many of our Councils are also actively doing a lot of great work in this space, so we are setting up a Hunter Resilience Network to facilitate collaboration on Hunter JO and Council resilience projects, make connections within and between Councils, share learnings and case studies, and offer training and capacity building sessions.
Participation in the Resilience Network will involve an online meeting every two months and being placed on a mailing list where we can share training opportunities, project updates, funding opportunities and other items of interest (don’t worry we’ll keep this to a minimum).
Want to be involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add you to our network!
To check out our other Resilience projects underway, please visit our Disaster Resilience webpage.