The Building Community Resilience to Natural Disaster workshop group, with Catherine Goodall from National Disability Services and (right) Emerald artist Melissa Thompson presents Goodall with an artwork.
The Building Community Resilience to Natural Disaster workshop group, with Catherine Goodall from National Disability Services and (right) Emerald artist Melissa Thompson presents Goodall with an artwork.

Now we are ready for anything

IF preparation is everything then the Central Highlands disabled community is armed to the teeth in the face of another potential natural disaster.

Participants at the Building Community Resilience to Natural Disasters workshop addressed aspects concerning who they could rely on in an emergency and also who relies on them, such as "family, pets, parents, neighbours and people who they didn't know before".

Catherine Campbell from the National Disabilities Services said the need for shared responsibility in the context of disaster resilience was at the heart of their work.

"If we can be more connected and resilient in our community then it can only strengthen us a whole," Ms Campbell said.

Also on hand to listen to public feedback was the Central Highlands Regional Council local disaster co-ordinator Glenn Bell.

"If you have got ideas bring them forward," he told the Emerald disaster workshop.

And forward they came with an entire whiteboard of thoughts and proposals for consideration, such as the need for more evacuation centres and activities for children during their stay.

"What we learnt is that we can't just put people in one bundle," Mr Bell said.

"We will to the best of our ability accommodate where we can."


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