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- Our Bushfire Resilience Program

Operating in NSW

Focusing on the most vulnerable members of their wider communities, local volunteers help people prepare for bushfires by clearing away potential hazards at properties and shared spaces.
Alongside partner organisations, Habitat is also working to help neighbourhoods get together, improve their skills and knowledge, and plan and prepare for bushfires as robust and connected communities.

- Community Volunteers are Key

About the program

Focusing on the most vulnerable members of their wider communities, local volunteers will help people prepare for bushfires by clearing away potential hazards at properties and shared spaces.

Alongside partner organisations, Habitat will also be working to help neighbourhoods get together, improve their skills and knowledge, and plan and prepare for bushfires as robust and connected communities.

- Being Prepared for Climate Change

The Need

Climate change highlights the need for all stakeholders to identify risks and capacities in their communities, then work together to prepare for, and adapt to, the changing environment. Residents have expressed a willingness to be better organised, educated, and connected to each other and emergency services. In addition, this project aligns with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (2018) that promotes the need for inclusive engagement, an understanding of the risks presented by disasters, the notion of shared responsibility, and integrated action between sectors.

- What we will achieve

Program Outputs

By Winter 2023, we intend to help prepare hundreds of locations in the greater Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands. We’ll offer trainings, information resources, and other support to community groups to continue bushfire preparation work well into the future, focusing on some of the neighbourhoods most exposed to bushfire risks. And we’ll help vulnerable individuals plan for their specific needs.

-NSW Government

Funded Project

This is a Bushfire Community Recovery & Resilience Fund project through the join Commonwealth/State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Although funding for this product has been provided by both the Australian and NSW Governments, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views of either government.

Volunteer

Take climate action into your own hands with our resilience program. Join us on a volunteer day in the Blue Mountains or Southern Highlands.