Plan supports community-led recovery efforts

A recovery plan endorsed by Shire of Mundaring will support recovery following the Wooroloo bushfire while strengthening community preparedness and resilience in the event of future disasters.

The Wooroloo Bushfire Recovery Plan identifies community initiatives that aim to build capacity, sustainability and resilience within the community.

Shire President, John Daw, said the plan outlined the Shire's objectives across five core areas: community, communications, volunteering and donations, environment and the future.

"Strengthening capacity, sustainability and resilience (community preparedness) is essential to community recovery and will help our community face future challenges," he said.

Cr Daw said the Shire's commitment to adopting a community-driven approach, with support from a dedicated recovery project officer, was having a positive impact on the Wooroloo community.

"We are drawing on the community's strengths and assets to build effective local partnerships, while incorporating the best-practice principles of 'community-led recovery'," he said.

"Our recovery officer has undertaken some engaging short-term measures to reconnect the community during the past four months, including the popular Wooroloo Connect program.

"Events and recovery messages have brought residents together and provided the opportunity for people to strengthen existing friendships and forge new ones."

Cr Daw said Wooroloo Hall had become a wonderful meeting point for the community.

"We have seen new connections formed and heard a number of optimistic conversations," he said.

"We look forward to supporting residents as they organise future events and activities, including a community art project and the revitalisation of the war memorial at Wooroloo Hall."

The Wooroloo Bushfire Recovery Plan was prepared by the Shire with input from the Wooroloo Bushfire Community and Environment sub-committee and the fire-affected community of Wooroloo.

Cr Daw said deliberate efforts were made to ensure the Plan took a whole-of-community approach, rather than focussing on the fire-impacted residents. 

"We are mindful of the impact the fire has had on residents in other parts of the shire and we want to ensure that the lessons learnt from this fire have a positive impact on community preparedness and resilience across the whole district in the future," he added. 

Read the Wooroloo Bushfire Recovery Plan.


18/08/2021
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