Community Resilience Innovation Program - Approved projects 2018-19

Total funding: $1,463,354

Bayside Council

Safe As Houses - Creating Safe Neighbourhoods in Public Housing

Reducing the impact of emergency within two housing estates in Eastlakes by fostering social cohesion, identifying vulnerable residents and strengthening resident capability to identify risks and strategies to assist each other.

  • Heffron: $112,366

Blacktown City Council

Blacktown Heat Refuge Network – Strategy Development and Trials

The project will develop a heat refuge strategy with relevant Council, agency, and community stakeholders providing workable, shared arrangements to ensure vulnerable residents can access shelter from extreme heat and heatwaves.

  • Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Prospect, Riverstone, Seven Hills: $54,500

Charles Sturt University

Strengthening the Resilience of Community Service Organisations

Training for community organisations to develop disaster resilience plans, risk assessments and business continuity plans in the Wagga region.

  • Wagga Wagga: $57,632

Good Shepherd Microfinance

Financial Resilience to Natural Disasters in New South Wales

A toolkit providing information that will enable greater preparedness and resilience to the financial impact of natural disasters on individuals and families.

  • State-wide: $100,360

Islamic Relief Australia

Disasters and Dangers

A series of training events lifesaving skills to new Australians on disasters and dangers such as understanding risk and warning signs, personal preparedness, emergency information sources encouraging new Australians to volunteer in emergency services.

  • Auburn: $66,519

Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative Ltd

CALD Readiness Project

This project focuses on the CALD community providing information on emergency management and builds capacity to develop a person centred emergency plan (PCEP) for elderly clients or people with disability (PWD) whose English is not their first language.

  • Campbelltown: $62,170

Meals on Wheels NSW Ltd

APP Visiting Emergency Readiness Tool (AVERT)

The development of an app to support the Toolkit for Emergency Services and Home Support (ACT), to give clear guidance for discussions on emergency preparedness and referral to emergency services for vulnerable community members.

  • State-wide: $139,000

NSW State Emergency Service

The Jugiong Community Cache Project

An all hazards community cache and community engagement events to build Jugiong’s preparedness and capability to respond to the town’s isolation during a natural disaster.

  • Cootamundra: $20,000
When Roads Become Rivers - Building Preparedness and Resilience For Urban Flood Risk In Newcastle

A pilot investigating new ways to build the capacity of SES volunteers to have effective conversations about local urban flash flood risk and facilitate conversations to build resilience with the local community.

  • Newcastle: $32,250

OzGREEN - Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (Australia) Incorporated

Fostering Community Resilience

OzGREEN will engage with regional communities that become isolated during natural disasters to design a series of community resilience program.

  • Oxley: $90,003

Peppercorn Services Incorporated


The project engages young people as leaders in resilience building and disaster preparedness. Local students will act as community researchers to engage parents and communities in mapping environmental knowledge and readiness for flood, bushfires and storms.

  • Hawkesbury: $127,981

Resilience Planning Community of Practice Incorporated

Local Leaders - Expanding Community Driven Resilience
The Local Leaders project will build community driven emergency preparedness and recovery capacity in regional communities by working with community leaders to demonstrate the importance of accepting shared responsibility for community safety.

  • Barwon, Dubbo: $100,000

Settlement Services International

Project PlanAble

Project PlanAble provides in-language information about disaster risk to empower CALD people with disabilities by increasing their knowledge of disaster risk through the Person Centred Emergency Preparedness (PECP) tool to develop emergency preparedness plans.

  • Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Castle Hill, Hawkesbury, Mount Druitt, Penrith, Riverstone: $181,339

Shoalhaven City Council

Helping Tourists Stay Safe - An All Hazards Information Guide for Shoalhaven Tourism Accommodation Providers

A booklet for Shoalhaven tourism operators to raise awareness of the need to be prepared in an emergency and advise guests of essential information sources in the event of an emergency in the Shoalhaven region.

  • Kiama, South Coast: $31,234

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

Heat Smart Western Sydney

Heat Smart Western Sydney will improve risk awareness, capacity and preparedness for heatwaves among vulnerable groups by improving cross-sector collaboration, up skilling front-line staff and community outreach to build resilience.

  • Auburn, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown, Camden, Epping, Granville, Hawkesbury, Holsworthy, Liverpool, Londonderry, Mount Druitt, Mulgoa, Prospect, Riverstone, Seven Hills: $215,000

Willoughby City Council

Connecting The Disaster Dots - Social Capital, Awareness and Action

Willoughby City Council will evaluate the transferability of ‘All Hazard’ emergency management education material with CALD community, identifying barriers to accessing and understanding the information and difficulties building social networks.

  • Willoughby: $70,000