Resilient Landscape Development

Building Communities Preparedness for Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Resilient Landscape Development

Building Communities Preparedness for Emergencies and Natural Disasters

Community Participation -


The issue

Natural disasters such as floods and fires have posed a significant threat to the environment and community of Condobolin and Districts Landcare over the years. These disasters have destroyed habitats, harmed wildlife, disrupted ecosystems and devastated lives. Being prepared is crucial as it allows for swift response and recovery efforts, minimizing the impact on the environment and community. By having emergency plans in place, resources readily available, and partnerships established, Condobolin and Districts Landcare can effectively mitigate the effects of natural disasters and protect their local environment.

The solution

Landcare NSW's People Led Prevention Project empowers communities across regional NSW in developing disaster resilience and preparedness skills. The Disaster Risk Reduction Fund is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW Governments. This funding allowed Condobolin & Districts Landcare to run a local workshop on the 20th of May which plays a supporting role alongside the existing information and preparedness plans in place by the
SES and RFS. Both RFS & SES were in attendance and discussed their role both during and in preparing for emergencies. Emergency services discussed how to prepare your home and property as well as the importance of having a plan and knowing when to execute that plan. Preventative measures, emergency safety and evacuation procedures were also discussed. Participants were given ample time for questions, and they did not disappoint! Lastly, we heard from Ecologist Alison Elvin where she discussed flammable plants as well as fire wise plants or plants that retard fire (slow it down). Alison also talked about sensible garden design to reduce bush fire threat and how research has shown keeping your lawns/plants near your house well hydrated can slow down fire. Alison explained what flammability means and factors in categorizing flammable plants. Alison also discussed plant selection for riparian restoration (dams and rivers, running or still), as an added bonus.

The impact

In addition to the valuable insights gained from the workshop, the community united to exchange their experiences and insights on past disasters, enhancing their preparedness. The workshop addressed local concerns about emergency service responsibilities and emergency protocols. The community expressed gratitude for the chance to gather and focus on disaster preparedness. The success of this workshop highlights the potential for further community collaboration to strengthen disaster response and individual preparedness. Attendees praised the event, and the exceptional catering provided by a local business added a special touch to the day.

Key facts

  • Landcare organisations are in a prime position to engage in disaster preparedness efforts due to their strong community ties
  • The expertise and familiarity of the local residents play a crucial role in emergency preparedness
  • Collaborative communities are more equipped to handle emergency situations effectively
  • People are eager to engage in conversations about preparing for emergencies collectively
  • There is a clear enthusiasm and potential for further engagement in this particular area

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