Hills Bushfire Group Wins Resilience Award

September 26, 2023 9:22 am in by
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A community-run bushfire project in the Adelaide Hills has received an award at the South Australian Resilient Australia Awards.

The ‘Towards Community Led Emergency Resilience’ group, established by the Adelaide Hills Council, has received the Resilient Australia Local Government award at the South Australian Resilient Australia Awards.

The awards, managed by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, celebrate initiatives that build whole of community resilience to disasters and emergencies and recognise collaboration and innovative thinking.

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Acting Mayor Nathan Daniell said the project is about learning from bushfire events that have affected the district, in particular Sampson Flat, Cudlee Creek and Cherry Gardens.

“Unfortunately, our region has experienced multiple natural disasters in recent years which has highlighted the importance of community resilience. During my time on Council we have been hit with multiple fires, flood events, storms, and blackouts – a lot for any community to endure.” said Acting Mayor, Nathan Daniell.

“After the Cudlee Creek Bushfire, it became clear that a dedicated project and resourcing was required to support ongoing recovery needs in the community. This award-winning innovative project is exploring new ways to support a community led approach and build local capacity and emergency resilience for the future.”

Council has also extended its congratulations to the Charleston Community Centre who took out the South Australian Resilient Australia Community Award.

State winners will be considered at the national Resilient Australia Awards later this year.

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The Towards Community led Emergency Resilience project is funded by the Australian Government through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery grant and Preparing Australian Communities Grant, and by the State Government through Wellbeing SA.


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