Natural disaster recovery
Natural disasters are an increasingly common occurrence in Australia, but unfortunately, we don’t also adopt the best methods to ensuring communities struck by fires, flooding or cyclones are best helped to get back on their feet and looking to the future. In 2012, the Regional Australia Institute began an extensive research project looking at role of economic recovery to broader community recovery, and what framework could be put in place for long-term adaptation and renewal.
‘Helping regions impacted by natural disaster to recover and renew’ draws on case studies undertaken in Emerald, Cardwell, Carisbrook and Marysville and presents a series of recommendations and focus areas for all tiers of recovery stakeholders, including Government, community and business. It concludes that if the full dynamics of the recovery process are not understood, recovery efforts will continue to yield poor medium and long term outcomes, with many communities continuing the struggle up to 25 years down the track.