Following the devastating flood events of 2022, North Burnett Regional Council received funding to employ a Community Recovery and Resilience Officer (CRRO) until 30 June 2024. This position is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“During 2021-22, North Burnett was activated 5 times with 3 events, the Central, Southern, and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding November-December 2021, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, January 2022, and South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, February 2022, making us eligible for Community Recovery assistance,” Mayor Hotz said.
“This position is designed to help impacted communities recover from these events. They will also undertake widespread community engagement activities to increase the resilience of our communities for future events. This resilience work will take place across the entire North Burnett, with some projects already planned, but many initiatives will be guided by what the community sees as a priority,” Mayor Hotz explained.
Some projects which have been identified include:
- Establishment of Volunteering Queensland and Givit within North Burnett, to assist our community during disaster events.
- Reviewing evacuation centre plans, training community members to assist in operating centres and further equipping centres for activation.
- Disaster Management Roadshows, to promote disaster preparedness and assist the community in making plans.
- Working with schools to better understand how to support children while recovering from events.
If you are an individual or community group with an idea, or you would like assistance from the Disaster Management Team please contact Council on 1300 696 272.
Applications for the Community Recovery and Resilience Officer are currently open with a closing date of 8 March 2023. For more information on applying for the role, please visit North Burnett Regional Council – Vacant Positions.
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