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Community Resilience Innovation Program - Approved projects 2013-14

Total funding: $1,017,620

Deaf Society of NSW

Sharing Responsibility for Natural Disasters by Enhancing the Emergency Preparedness of Deaf People

The Project, in partnership with the SES, RFS and FRNSW, will identify and train Deaf Liaison Officers, create AUSLAN videos, pictorial guides, workshops on disaster preparedness with Deaf Community, and Deaf Awareness Training for Emergency Service personnel and volunteers. The project will develop and carry out an action plan that builds upon recommendations from "Increasing the Resilience of the Deaf Community in NSW to Natural Hazards" funded by 2011-12 SEMP.;

  • Parramatta: $151,678

Northern Settlement Services Ltd

Natural Disasters Resilience Strategy for the CALD Community in the Hunter and the Central Coast

The Project, in partnership with the SES and RFS, will build disaster resilience of CALD communities in the Hunter and Central Coast by developing and implementing a training program for CALD agencies, a multi-lingual toolkit including a DVD, and includes an independent evaluation.

  • Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Wyong, Gosford, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Upper Hunter, Dungog: $110,000

Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre

Heads Up For Fire

The Project, in partnership with the RFS, will establish 40 community Hubs through the appointment of volunteer Heads Up for Fire (HUFF) Coordinators, building on and substantially extending an existing volunteer led, neighbourhood based program to provide disaster preparedness and create connective relationships within the community. The model will be independently evaluated by Western Sydney Community Forum and the University of Sydney.

  • Blue Mountains: $90,000

Tweed Shire Council

Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Communities within Flood-prone Caravan Parks

The Project, in partnership with the Richmond Tweed SES, will aim to reduce loss, both physical and monetary, within one of the main vulnerable communities in the Tweed. The project will incorporate a range of information and engagement strategies with a focus on education and resources for caravan park managers. Collaborating with SES, RFS and FRNSW, it also aims to reduce the burden placed on emergency service agencies during times of disaster.

  • Tweed: $28,476

Fire and Rescue NSW

Strengthening Fire Safety Resilience in Aboriginal Communities

The Project, in partnership with NSW Aboriginal Lands Council, will appoint, train and resource local Aboriginal fire fighters as Community Safety Volunteers. The Community Safety Volunteers will provide education in respect to home fire safety in their respective indigenous communities, and establish partnerships with other emergency services and local service providers in FRNSW operational jurisdictions.

  • NSW Statewide: $105,000

The Uniting Church in Australia

Integration of Faith Communities into Disaster Resilience, Response and Recovery

The Project fills an identified gap by seeking effective ways to integrate faith communities with other agencies involved in disaster resilience, response and recovery. The project will be scoped and developed through consultation on lessons learned in the Blue Mountains, then piloted in Hillston and Wagga Wagga.

  • NSW Statewide: $38,000

Shoalhaven City Council

Strategic Action Plan for the Sussex Inlet Community - Improving Coastal Communities' Resilience and Adaptation to Natural Hazards Through Planning

The Project will engage the local community of Sussex Inlet to develop a Strategic Action Plan to maximise their capacity to be better adapted and develop resilience to natural hazards and a changing climate. It will be driven by a community led process for whole of community disaster preparedness and management, alongside action research conducted by Griffith University. The project will be implemented in a high flood and fire prone community with an ageing population.

  • Shoalhaven: $60,000

Ku-ring-gai Council

Climate Wise Communities

The Project builds on existing research and programs conducted by Ku-ring-gai Council. The project will deliver 6 tailored community engagement workshops (including businesses, CALD and elderly), a Train the Trainer Program for NSW Councils, and develop and publish resource materials. The project will deliver a model for engaging communities.

  • Ku-ring-gai: $71,250

NSW State Emergency Service

Clarence Valley Community Resilience Program

The Project, in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries, will deliver a training course for community leaders, local government and emergency services on the theory and practice of resilience, their roles in PPRR and building networks.

  • Clarence Valley: $12,000

Bathurst Regional Council

Ready, Set, Go. Kids Action Plan

The Project, together with RFS, FRNSW and SES, develops and promotes a disaster resilience module for primary school students across in the Bathurst region. It includes class-based workshops and follow-up sessions with workbooks where each student prepares an own-home action plan/emergency kit as homework.

  • Bathurst: $22,000

NSW Rural Fire Service

Creative Spaces: Indigenous Community Engagement Specialists and Art as Engagement

The Project aims to increase participation and capability of Aboriginal communities in fire safety and emergency management through delivery of culturally appropriate programs including, the development of a community led arts project aimed at engaging with Indigenous youth through creative and artistic expression to deliver key fire safety messages.

  • Tweed: $201,000

Sutherland Shire Council

Community Education Project

The Project incorporates high risk/hazard prone areas and vulnerable populations within the LGA. The project includes a targeted community education campaign and "Know your Neighbour" component. The aim is to strengthen emergency plans, communicate steps in emergency situations and how to be better prepared and enhance disaster resilience.

  • Sutherland: $55,000

Lake Macquarie City Council

Looking After US and Our PLACE

The Project, in partnership with SES and RFS, aims to increase community resilience to threats from the environment. The project contains three major components including Emergency Resilience for the General Community, Targeted Support for Vulnerable People (elderly people, Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities) and Localised Community Safety Planning.

  • Lake Macquarie: $73,216