Building resilient regional communities

What makes a resilient community?  Rural and Regional communities are incorporating resilience concepts into their management and planning.

Building resilient communities has become the new catch cry – resilient communities depend on infrastructure and services such as adequate roads, telephone, health services and transport. They also need enthusiastic and motivated people, community organisations that work well, a long term ‘vision’ for the community and a strong focus on practical action to achieve the vision.

Research has suggested that communities that are successful in supporting healthy, sustainable community and economic development pay attention to seven types of capital: natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial and built. (Building stronger local communities, Queensland Government)

The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) is focused on enhancing the resilience of communities.

Their definition of “Resilience is an inherent and dynamic attribute of the community. This means that it exists throughout the life of the community. Potentially it can either be determined absolutely, or at least changes in a community’s resilience can be detected.

Adaptability is at the core of this attribute. Adaptation can occur either in response to or in anticipation of a crisis.

Any adaptation must improve the community, i.e., must result in a positive outcome (positive trajectory) for the community relative to its state after experiencing adversity. This can best be detected by considering the level of functionality of the community after a crisis.

Resilience should be defined in a manner that enables useful predictions to be made about a community’s ability to recover from adversity. This will enable communities to assess their resilience and take action to improve it if necessary.”

Based on this, CARRI has developed the following definition for its use:

“Community resilience is the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact, and bounce back rapidly through survival, adaptability, evolution, and growth in the face of turbulent change.”

Connecting  Science, Planning, Policy and People in resilience thinking, strategic planning, adaptive governance and management. (read more about CARRI)

ResilienceAustraliaResilience Australia is a special interest group formed by members of the The Association for Sustainability in Business, an incorporated non-government, not-for-profit organisation. Resilience Australia supports The Australian Regional Development conference, it aims to facilitate building stronger communities through innovation and collaboration.

 Regional Development Australia: The Conference will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers – If you are interested in speaking on building resilient regional, rural and local communities we’d like to hear your story.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL:




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