Griffith University  will study Emerald's economic recovery.
Griffith University will study Emerald's economic recovery.

Emerald's recovery to be part of national flood study

EMERALD is one of four natural disaster epicenters chosen by Griffith University for a Federal Government-commissioned research project into its economic recovery.

The project, headed by former Bligh Government Director-General of Community Safety Jim McGowan, looks to "talk to real people about their real experiences".

"The aim is to get a handle on what people actually think instead of the normal government-type analysis about how things went," Mr McGowan said.

 

STUDY TIME: Jim McGowan.
STUDY TIME: Jim McGowan. Contributed

The project will analyse stories and experiences of flood victims in Emerald and Victoria's Carisbrooke, cyclone Yasi-hit Cardwell and the fire-devastated community of Marysville.

 

The data will be used to inform policy and strategy options and to assist in the economic transition of communities impacted by future natural disasters.

Interview subjects have already been identified for From Recovery to Renewal: Overcoming the Economic Impacts of Natural Disaster in Regional Australia and Looking for Opportunities for Renewal.

"We will talk to a broad cross-section of the community - farming, mining, suppliers to those industries, retailers who were affected… and what we're trying to say is there are a whole range of policies and actions that governments take, but do they meet the needs of regional communities and are there things that need to be done differently?," Mr McGowan said.

Mr McGowan said Emerald, flooded in 2008 and 2010-11, was chosen for inclusion because of its diversified economic base.

The Griffith uni team will be in Emerald from February 4-8.

The research has been commissioned by the Regional Australia Institute.


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