Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership

Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership workshops arm local leaders with community resilience action plans.


The Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership project was developed by Volunteering Queensland to support local community leaders to develop action plans for local projects that strengthen their community’s resilience.

FRRR continues to work with Queensland community groups impacted by the 2011 and 2013 floods, and it is critical for local communities in these disaster prone areas to build resilience. After seeing the significant impact previous workshops had on the communities involved, as this video shows, it was clear this project was a great fit for the Repair-Restore-Renew program and Volunteering Queensland received a $15,400 grant to deliver the workshops.

More communities benefit

Prior to establishing the Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership Project workshops, Volunteering Queensland consulted with several potential host communities. Feedback requested the length be reduced from four to two days which meant an additional two-day resilience project could be held for a third community in the area, still using the same amount of funding.

After several months of community consultation and promotion, the three Natural Disaster Resilience Leadership workshops were held during June and July 2014 - the ‘off season’ for disasters in Queensland:

  • Kingaroy, Southern Downs Regional Area (population 9,586) with 20 participants;
  • Rosedale, Gladstone Regional Area (population of 4,674) with 25 participants; and
  • Atherton, Regional Tablelands Regional Area (population of 7,287) with 21 participants.

This project was tailored for Queensland and took a group of diverse community leaders to identify how community resilience and disaster preparedness can be built and enhanced in their community.

Community groups join together

All three workshops saw community members form tight knit groups that are now well informed about emergency management arrangements and feel empowered to act and become involved in community resilience building.

Partnering with local council and relevant agencies to deliver the workshops, including Emergency Management Queensland, Queensland Rural Fire Service, Queensland Police Service and the SES, meant that participating community leaders gained a better understanding of emergency management in their local area.

Each participant left the two day workshop with an ‘action-plan’ which outlines how they will take what they learned and incorporate it into their personal or professional lives.