Queensland Reconstruction Authority resilience

The Queensland Reconstruction Authority is commited to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Queensland

Queensland's reconstruction and recovery after the devastating weather events of 2010-11 presents a unique opportunity to rebuild a stronger, more resilient Queensland. It offers a chance to enhance the resilience of our communities, economy and environment and to build a better Queensland.

The Queensland Government and its reconstruction and recovery partners, are committed to enhancing the disaster resilience of the State - ensuring we are prepared for future events, we respond appropriately when they occur and we rebound after an event. The purpose of this paper is to provide:

An overview of resilience in a disaster management context and initiatives that have been implemented at an international, national, state and local level to build disaster resilience. Details of the strategic resilience projects being delivered throughout Queensland in response to the disaster events of 2010-11.

Current resilience initiatives:

The Authority and the Operation Queenslander lines of reconstruction are therefore striving to deliver on the key themes in the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Communities and community members that support each other to deal with the impact of disasters and their aftermath. Communities that have the information, skills and expertise to take appropriate action before, during and after disaster events. Where there is strong leadership and networks to support co-operative partnerships across communities, the not-for-profit sector, industry, the private sector and tiers of government.
  • An economy, including a government sector, that has the frameworks and systems in place to ensure business continuity and the security of our food, power, transport and telecommunications networks. That the infrastructure and resources our economy relies upon can adapt to the adverse impacts of disasters and can be returned to business- as-usual efficiently and effectively. Where disaster risk assessment and mitigation planning are adopted, land use planning and building standards are suitable, and disaster management agencies have appropriate operational capability.
  • A resilient environment, in which our terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems and natural resources have the capacity to withstand and naturally recover from the impacts of disaster, and continue to provide long-term benefits for Queenslanders.