“Communities in rural and regional areas are often more vulnerable to environmental stress than those in cities. Their economies are largely underpinned by food and fibre production and they experience greater exposure to and negative impacts from extreme weather.”
says Natalie Egleton, CEO FRRR.
The number of extreme weather events and natural disasters are increasing every year in Australia. For those on the frontline, social capital is key to response, recovery, and preparedness.
FRRR is investing in building the capacity of communities to prepare for natural disasters. They have developed the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) program to pilot community-led processes for building disaster resilience.
FRRR also plays a crucial role in supporting recovery from disasters. They provide small grants to support a diverse range of needs. This includes supporting mental health provision for children following the Black Saturday fires and portable generators for the Charlton Hospital following the 2011 floods.
A key goal of FRRR is to build resilient communities in regional and rural Australia. They strive to support communities to address local issues with local solutions.
“Climate change and adaptation shows up in different ways in rural, regional and remote communities. It is not always talked about explicitly as climate change but there is a clear imperative to adapt the impacts of a changing climate and recognition that new practices are needed.
For example, following natural disasters many communities have a ‘betterment’ mindset, seeking to better protect community infrastructure, equipment and ecological assets to reduce the impact of future disasters; strengthening liveability, wellbeing and vibrancy at the same time.”
Natalie Egleton, CEO FRRR