Researcher Dr Chad Renando with Red Earth director John Carey at the Red Earth AGM in December

April 22, 2022

Red Earth Community Foundation will be the local agency for a three-year project which aims to help the Inland Burnett become “disaster resilient” and “future ready”.

The Foundation For Rural And Regional Renewal (FRRR) recently received $981,782 from the Federal Government’s Preparing Australian Communities Program (PACP).

FRRR nominated Red Earth as the place-based agency to deliver the project.

Red Earth director John Carey said the project would build on research undertaken last year by Dr Chad Renando as part of the Burnett Inland Futures Strategy.

The Preparing Australian Communities Program’s local stream aims to support locally identified and locally led projects that will improve the resilience of communities against natural hazards.

Other local organisation funded under Round 1 include:

  • The Bunya Peoples’ Aboriginal Corporation – “Healthy Resilient Country = Healthy Resilient Communities” – $1,009,400
  • Somerset Regional Council – “Somerset priority evacuation routes, Austroads improvement project” – $3,546,238
  • Cherbourg Aboriginal Shire Council – “Cherbourg Fire Mitigation Project 2022” – $89,450
  • Toowoomba Regional Council – “Fire trail upgrade to improve fire preparedness capacity” – $56,321.00

The funding aims to improve the resilience of communities through:

  • Planning – Assessment of risk, vulnerability, resilience and disaster-risk reduction activities, investment/business case, or technical feasibility
  • Awareness and capacity – Increasing disaster risk and resilience awareness and capacity-building activities
  • Infrastructure – Delivery of built and/or natural infrastructure, including new or upgraded infrastructure

Round 1 funded 158 projects across Australia to a total of $150 million.

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