Shire announced winner of national Resilience Australia Award

Published on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 1:25:36 PM

Shire of Mundaring, in partnership with City of Swan, Department of Communities and Australian Red Cross, was one of four State winners announced at the national Resilient Australia Awards event hosted in Gidgegannup on Friday 21 October.

The Resilient Australia Local Government award was presented for 12 Months On – an Exhibition of Community Images, a community-led initiative which commemorated 12 months since the Wooroloo Bushfire in February.

Shire President James Martin said the awards recognise initiatives that help communities recover from disaster.

“I am proud that the Shire has been recognised with this award for its dedication to the community’s recovery,” he said.

“As the 12-month mark came around in February this year, there was a lot of discussion around what would be the most appropriate way to respectfully acknowledge the milestone of one-year since the recovery journey began.

“The exhibition was born from an idea raised through community conversations and nurtured with support from fellow community members.”

12 Months On Exhibition

The exhibition was a cooperative approach across multiple agencies including the Department of Communities, Australian Red Cross and the City of Swan.

The Shire also engaged with an eclectic array of directly impacted and indirectly affected individuals to get the exhibition off the ground.

Cr Martin said he commended the community on their initiative and community approach which brought the exhibition to life.

“I understand that recovery is a long process and note that community members are at different stages in their recovery process,” he said.

“I also commend Karen Dore, the Shire’s Project Officer – Community Recovery, and her dedication to working with the community in the recovery and on the exhibition.

“The exhibition positively engaged individuals in the recovery, rebuilding and renewal process.

“Feedback indicated it provided opportunities for reflection and commemoration, created a shared sense of hope and optimism, built new social connections and creative skills, strengthened the connection place, and showed appreciation for first responders, volunteers and donors.”

As a State winner, the Shire’s submission will now be considered as part of the National Awards process.

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