Council staff assist with disaster recovery in Port Macquarie
Published on 09 June 2021
Along with Resilience NSW disaster recovery staff, Ku-ring-gai staff will assist residents to produce a community resilience plan based on lessons learned from past disasters. The Port Macquarie Hastings area has suffered both severe flooding and bushfires in the last 12 months.
Ku-ring-gai Council staff will present on the Climate Wise Communities program and demonstrate the award-winning Simtable to the Mid North Coast Joint Organisation.
The Simtable provides 3D simulations of past and potential future bushfires and storms, based on local topography, wind speeds and fuel loads. Both the Simtable and Climate Wise Communities website will be incorporated into the community led planning exercise.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said Ku-ring-gai staff would also gain a deeper understanding of the on-the-ground work required when a community is hit by successive extreme weather events.
“Ku-ring-gai has its own storm and bushfire challenges and seeing how another community deals with the aftermath and recovery will be very helpful for our future disaster planning.”
Climate Wise Communities is an award-winning initiative developed by Ku-ring-gai Council in consultation with emergency management agencies and government. Since 2010 it has grown to include an online platform for building community resilience and a shared information model with other councils.
Ku-ring-gai Council is hosting a Simtable and Climate Wise Communities workshop for managers of childcare centres in the Ku-ring-gai area next week. For more information and bookings email CWC@kmc.nsw.gov.au
Community groups in Ku-ring-gai area can also request a workshop for their members, family and friends. Visit Climate Wise Communities for details.
Media enquiries: Sally Williams, Ku-ring-gai Council 9424 0982