Evaluating Resilience in two Remote Australian Communities

Philip Morley, Jeremy Russell-Smith, Kamaljit K. Sangha, Stephen Sutton, Bevyline Sithole

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Although the occurrence of extreme events generally cannot be prevented, their negative effects can be lessened by various risk reductions actions and by improving the capacity of communities and individuals to cope. Improving the resilience of both individuals and communities reduces the effects of hazards allowing a faster recovery and return to normal and is increasingly becoming a goal of communities, organisations and governments throughout the world. Improving resilience is complicated and often requires numerous interrelated actions that vary depending specific circumstances of the people, community and location. To meaningfully determine, co-ordinate, plan and prioritise the most effective measures of improving resilience, a baseline assessment of the community's strengths and weaknesses is required. This paper contributes by examining the status of community resilience in two remote towns within the Northern Territory of Australia. A qualitative narrative assesses community resilience for small remote locations and discusses relevant issues alongside the scoring achieved using a common scoring methodology. It further provides insights and an examination of the methods of assessment and appropriateness of assessment methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1257-1264
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event7th International Conference on Building Resilience, ICBR 2017 - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 27 Nov 201729 Nov 2017


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