A deep dive into the meaning of “resilience of people and places to natural hazards” – what does it look like & how can policy translate into action

A mix of presentations, ratings by all participants of what they see as the status of resilience in SEQ and joint mapping of resilience initiatives unearths a suite of insights: Plenty to share from our Friday 21 September 2018 workshop

Purpose of the workshop

In our various workplaces, the phrases “Resilience” and “Respond to natural hazards” is becoming more common and in many community focused programs it can be a design element.  So at this workshop it was timely to explore these concepts and see what it might means for the various professionals involved in our network.

The specific focus for this event was to:

  • Share and build awareness on the Policy focus on Resilience to Natural Hazards in Queensland http://qldreconstruction.org.au/resilientqueensland
  • Showcase examples of proactive resilience building initiatives in SEQ
  • Provide workshop participants with an opportunity to share their experiences on existing resilience initiatives and where opportunities and critical gaps exist and create a visual map of programs and initiatives, connected through the PPRR approach

The Resilience Policy setting in Queensland – a framework for shared solutions to common problems 

Mark Drew – Director Mitigation – Queensland Reconstruction Authority

Mark’s Presentation

Brisbane Flood Resilient Homes Program  

Ouswatta Perera – Senior Engineer, Flood Policy and Planning  – Brisbane City Council

Ouswatta’s Presentation

Building catchment resilience – Ian Potter Foundation Project 

Dr Adrian Volders – Project Director – Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Adrian’s Presentation

SEQwater Partnership Program – Investing in our source waters through communities 

Greg Greene – Principal, Source Protection Planning, Seqwater

Greg’s Presentation

A visual summary of some of the workshop highlights  – just click on each image below to expand it – were captured by our event partner Jimmy Patch.


What else left a major impression for you?   …………………………………….   You have a few ideas that you would like to explore, share and seek comments from other Flood CoP participants?

Then come and share your ideas at our LinkedIn – Flood Community of Practice group – join now

Resilience Ratings – What did the participants think of our collective efforts so far???

At the start of the workshop all of the participants – undertook a quick stock take of what they thought was a rating out of 10  for the various aspects of the resilience story.  They are relative scores – with each person setting their own criteria on what was good & what was poor.

Scoring was done for a combination of:

  • Types of resilience actions – Plan, Prepare, Respond & Recover
  • Different  sectors or setting in which resilience has been applied – Home&Business, Infrastructure, Catchments and Collaboration

The pooled results across the various combinations are graphed below (click on the image to expand for viewing)  and show some interesting patterns.  The group results suggest that:

  • Respond & Recover actions are considered more resilient than Plan & Prepare efforts
  • The medium score for Prepare is the lowest of the resilience actions
  • Infrastructure had the slighter higher resilience rating of all the elements, whereas action in the catchments & regional settings were the lowest and the range of individual scores saw some very low ratings scored.

Please keep an eye on this web page, as we do have more information to upload – coming are details on what can make resilience to flood events in urban and rural settings be more effective and also the results of the group mapping exercise.

Many thanks for the Flood CoP Partners and a big thanks to Host’s Suncorp, Jimmy Patch and Wild Earth Catering.