Wagga Wagga Local Government Area (LGA) will be a part of the Resilience Blueprint Project for South East New South Wales, being coordinated through the Canberra Region Joint Organisation and delivered through local government.
The Resilience Blueprint works with all levels of government, emergency services, researchers, risk analysts, businesses and communities to embed resilience in decision making.
It provides hazard risk assessments of threats, along with the tools and links to resources to reduce them.
It aims to help integrate resilience thinking into day-to-day decisions, build skills through training, and deliver high value regionally significant resilience projects.
Wagga Wagga City Council has demonstrated resilience during the many challenges the LGA has faced over the last few years.
General Manager, Peter Thompson, said through the Resilience Blueprint, Council will further embed resilience into its advocacy, strategic planning, reporting and overall program delivery.
“The Resilience Blueprint is a road map for protecting what is important to the people of Wagga Wagga and surrounds,” Mr Thompson said.
“We are in the first stage of the project – Involve and Inform. We want to hear from you about what you value most, your capacity and capabilities to protect these things, and what impacts your decisions about protecting them.
“As a council we are asking ourselves these same questions. Our collective responses will inform the Resilience Blueprint and help define the collective actions needed to make us more resilient to a changing climate.”
Residents are being encouraged to have their say through the Resilience Blueprint Community Survey.
Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga, Councillor Dallas Tout, said the community is resilient, having faced droughts, floods, fires and plagues – mice and locusts – many times over the years.
“We are furthering our resilience by developing new approaches and tools to better prevent, prepare, respond and recover from disaster events and cumulative climate change impacts,” Cr Tout said.
“We invite you to find out more about the Resilience Blueprint, take the Resilience Survey and let us know what you want for your future.
“We look forward to being on this journey with you and to hearing your feedback and ideas so that we can all confidently navigate our resilience journeys.”
The Resilience Blueprint Community Survey can be found here.