Cairns Regional Council's commitment to making Cairns a "disaster resilient city" was recognised by judges at the 2016 Get Ready Queensland – Resilient Australia Awards.
Judges awarded the commendation in the Resilient Australia Government Award category, for Council's Resilience Scorecard project.
About the Resilience Scorecard project:
As one of few Queensland cities signed up with the UNISDR Resilient Cities campaign, Cairns takes a pro-active, carefully planned approach to resilience building.
Two years after its community resilience program began, Council undertook a comprehensive assessment of resilience using two scorecard methods to provide a comprehensive baseline understanding of community, organisational and infrastructural resilience in the region.
The project comprised community mapping to identify the geographic locations of those most vulnerable in Cairns, as well as community engagement activities and research.
The findings provide a much clearer picture of where indicators of resilience are strong and where more targeted effort is needed. Learnings are being incorporated into ongoing disaster management and resilience-building work.
Cairns was the first regional city in Queensland to undertake the scorecard exercise.
About the Resilient Australia Awards:
The Resilient Australia Awards is a national program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation – making our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to manage any emergency situation.
By celebrating innovation and exemplary practice, the awards showcase work that is often unseen, motivating others to think about how they can be better prepared and more disaster resilient.