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2018 NSW Get Ready Community Award winners 

It was decided there would be joint winners due to the exceptional submissions.

Winner - Tumbulgum Community Association Tumbulgum 

Resilience Post Floods 2017

In 2017 Tumbulgum residents were aware of flood risk, however the speed and height of the flood following Cyclone Debbie caused shock. 

Considerable damage occurred to property and the community's distress was compounded following the death of a local mother and her two children when their car went into the Tweed River two days after flood water had subsided.  

Over the last 12 months the community has gathered together in a project to develop resilience by increasing confidence in information quality and timeliness of communication. They appointed coordinators, established a Flood Recovery and Resilience Sub Committee, held community meetings, BBQs and forums.  

By involving the whole of the Tumbulgum community their proactive response is not only improving their access to information, but also forging stronger relationships with the local council, government and support agencies to make them future ready.


  • Australian Red Cross

Winner - Tathra Surf Life Saving Club

Tathra Surf Club Bushfire Recovery 2018

In March 2018, a Bushfire destroyed sixty nine homes and affected a further 300 homes in the small community of Tathra and the surrounding districts. 

In Tathra, the Surf Club has always been the hub of the community. Naturally, it became the local recovery hub connecting the community to the Recovery Centre services in Bega, uniting services from across the Bega Valley Shire. Volunteers and agencies worked tirelessly to provide information, support and emergency items to the community.

The recovery hub at the Surf Club is a familiar place, supported by familiar faces and a powerful example of a successful symbiotic relationship between a localised support network and official recovery efforts resulting in a forged community resilience.