DR:FR Victoria

Whittlesea community members

Communities that are engaged, connected, empowered, and have high social capital tend to respond and recover better from natural disasters and other disruptions than those with lesser capacity in these areas. They are also best placed to determine the most effective approaches to building their capacity and capabilities for their situation and context.

Disaster Resilient: Future Ready is a national initiative that supports remote, rural and regional communities to take a community-led approach to strengthen resilience, and have greater capacity to endure, adapt and evolve positively when faced with the impacts of climate, natural disasters and other disruptions.

The multi-year initiative is underpinned by a place-based approach, working at a hyper-local level with grass roots organisations and community representatives to build knowledge of climate risks, catalyse leadership and facilitate collective action to strengthen social capital and build community resilience.

This program partners with specific place-based cohorts of communities. Learn more below.

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DR:FR VIC Community Partners Announced

The communities of Korumburra, Myrtleford and Whittlesea township and surrounds have been selected to partner with the Foundation through the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready program in Victoria from 2021-24.

In late 2021, community representatives were invited to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to become partner communities. Over the eight months prior, FRRR’s DR:FR Program coordinator engaged with representatives from seven shortlisted communities, listening and learning about what is unique and important to each place, and exploring their readiness, willingness, and capacity to participate in the DR:FR journey.

Working with these diverse communities, FRRR will provide funding and practical support to activate community-led initiatives that strengthen community resilience to disruptions and disasters.

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The DR:FR Support Model

The DR:FR VIC program creates space, facilitates activities, builds relationships and provides resources for community-generated resilience conversations to be held at a pace and style that is appropriate for each local community.

In addition to the facilitation support from FRRR, the communities will have access to funding for activities that support community engagement and a seed funding pool to engage a local community connector and activate priority actions identified through the DR:FR journey.

Supporting community-driven action for preparedness and resilience in Korumburra, Myrtleford and Whittlesea township and surrounds.

The DR:FR VIC program will begin in March 2022 with a series of activities to bring community members together and engage with the broader community to share knowledge, experiences and aspirations for the future. 

Community partners will tailor the supports and resources available through the initiative to build and adapt the strengths, tools and resources that already exist in their community and suit their local context.

The program adopts an all-hazards approach to understanding potential disruptions, climate risk and disasters. Whilst not specifically focused on emergency planning for disasters, emergency preparedness activities may be identified and prioritised as part of a community’s DR:FR journey.

Our community partners

The Victorian communities of Korumburra, Myrtleford and Whittlesea township and surrounds are partnering with FRRR in the DR:FR Victoria Program until 2024.

FRRR will work alongside communities to develop their priority initiatives and actions in the first half of 2022 and will then be supported with seed grant funding to support implementation. Explore  the sections below to learn more about each community.

Interested in this program but not from a currently participating community? Get in touch!

If your community is not listed above, but you are interested in community-led resilience, participating in the DR:FR program, or connecting around what we’re learning, please get in touch.

More partners welcome

There is strong interest from other communities (in Victoria and other states) to partner with FRRR and our program supporters through the DR:FR initiative.  We currently have several communities keen and ready to jump on board and we would love to work with them.

We are grateful to our current partners for making the Victorian DR:FR program possible and would love to hear from others with the capacity to partner with us to expand the initiative in the future.

Please contact Nina O’Brien, Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lead.

More information

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 has been reviewed and adapted for the Victorian iteration in 2021-2023.

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For more information on the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready initiative, or to get in touch with the community working groups, please contact DR:FR Program Coordinator, Jacqui Bell on 0455 193 303 or via email.