Disaster Resilient: Future Ready
Disaster Resilient: Future Ready is a national initiative of the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, that supports remote, rural & regional communities to lead initiatives that improve wellbeing, increase preparedness and strengthen resilience. This enables them to have greater capacity to endure, adapt and evolve positively when faced with the impacts of climate, disasters and other disruptions.
When community members, local organisations and regional
stakeholders collaborate and build their knowledge of climate
risks in the local area, they become better leaders and are better
equipped to facilitate community-driven innovation processes.
Over the next three years, FRRR and local lead partner Red Earth
Community Foundation will work in collaboration with Minderoo
Foundation, leveraging their networks, expertise and adaptable
approach towards community resilience planning to support local
partner communities in the Burnett Inland region to strengthen their
This work is also supported by the Australian Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency, under the Preparing Australian Communities Program – Local Stream.
The focus is on community-led, resilience-building activities – with the agenda and solutions driven by local people, for local people across the Burnett Inland. Learn more below.
Building disaster readiness in Burnett Inland
The Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) Burnett Inland program leverages the evidence and experience we have gained from applying the DR:FR model in New South Wales and Victoria to activate community-led resilience building activities.
The aim of the program is to develop and lead initiatives that strengthen awareness, increase preparedness and enhance capacity of the local community to thrive and be resilient to the impacts of climate, disasters and other disruptions.
This includes building local knowledge of climate risks, catalysing leadership, fostering collaboration, and facilitating community-driven innovation processes to develop and activate strategic actions and strategies that:
Strengthen community capacity to positively adapt and evolve to change and disruption,
Increase disaster preparedness to better mitigate, avoid, withstand and/or recover more
Effectively from the increasing effects of natural hazards such as bushfires and floods,
Improve community wellbeing and enhance resilience, so communities can grow and flourish.
The pace of the program will be based on the individual needs of each community and activities may include capacity building workshops, facilitated community conversations, community building and engagement events, co-design workshops, relationship and network building and activation of priority initiatives.
Partnering communities will also have access to flexible funding for activities that enhance their capacity to thrive and be resilient to the impacts of climate, natural disasters, and other disruptions. A stream of activities will also be convened to support collaboration across regional agencies and organisations and the development of regional level resilience building initiatives for collective impact across the region.
As activity gets underway, we will share updates here. If you have any questions in the meantime, contact FRRR’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead, Nina O’Brien or Red Earth’s General Manager, Melinda Jones.
The first iteration of the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready model was piloted in three communities in New South Wales. In response to learnings from the pilot project and new research and practices in disaster recovery and community-led resilience, the model was reviewed and adapted for the Victorian iteration in 2021-2023 before also being introduced for this latest iteration; DR:FR Queensland.
If you are interested in learning more about the DR:FR initiative including its background and model visit www.frrr.org.au/drfr.
We also encourage you to explore this Critical Dimensions of Community-Led Resilience Building summary.