OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

Resilient Communities

This is a community driven program.  

"We don't sit there and tell the community what to do. Rather, we draw on local intelligence and innovation to enable the community to work out what it will take to be resilient, prepared and sustainable"  Anton Juodvalkis CEO

Encouraging communities to be partially responsible for their own safety during a natural disaster

Resilient Communities uses OzGREEN’s award winning community action planning process to empower communities to implement plans that build community resilience.  OzGREEN targets communities that are in hazard risk areas and are especially prone to becoming isolated during a natural disaster such as a flood or bushfire.

Residents are best placed to innovate local community resilience solutions.

Resilient Communities adopts a community driven approach. Local facilitators are trained to deliver the program using OzGREEN’s award winning community action planning process that empowers communities to implement projects that build community resilience. 

Module Content

Resilient Communities is a seven module course informing, educating and empowering the community to develop solutions that address threats to community resilience, such as:

  • climate change;
  • food;
  • water;
  • energy;
  • infrastructure;
  • economy;
  • ecosystem; and
  • health resilience. 

Some of the climate change risks that are addressed through the program include bush fire, flood, storm, east coast low, heatwave, earthquake, landslides, drought and protection of community infrastructure.

Resilient Communities Objectives:

  • Work with local people to understand natural disaster risks including those associated with flood, storm, drought, bushfire, health emergencies, damage to local community infrastructure, road access, community aid, and climate change.
  • Partner with local people and local groups who can lead change
  • Empower individuals and communities to exercise choice, take responsibility and develop action plans. 
  • Build community capacity for disaster resilience

Resilient Communities in 2020

In 2020, OzGREEN is targeting Bellingen Shire for its Resilient Communities program. This project will target communities that are in hazard risk areas and are especially prone to becoming isolated during a flood or bushfire. Proposed communities include North Bellingen, Gleniffer, Kalang and Thora.

Who should get involved?

Bellingen Shire residents who:

  • are concerned about the increase in extreme weather events locally
  • community can become isolate during natural disasters
  • Wanting to build resilience in their local community
  • interested in leading their community or 
  • Participating in a program based on community drive solutions

How do I get involved?

If you are a Bellingen Shire Resident and are interested in leading your community through a action planning process to identify community drive solutions to build community resilience please complete the Facilitator Training Expression of Interest Form below.

Facilitator training starts on the 16th August 2020, 9:30am-4pm.


Alternatively, if you are a Bellingen Shire Resident and are interested in working with your community to identify community driven solutions and build community resilience.

Community groups will start meeting in late September/early October 2020.

Any questions, please contact Kathleen Hannah, Resilient Communities Project Coordinator, on Kathleen@ozgreen.org.au or (02) 5615 8108.

Project Background

Resilient Communities is based on OzGREEN's Living Communities program. 

Living Communities began in 2000 as a community education initiative of OzGREEN and Warringah Council to address stormwater pollution. Since then OzGREEN has worked in partnership with Sun Microsystems, AMP, AGSM, Allco, Dimension Data; Hurstville, Canterbury, Bankstown, Wollondilly Shire and Onkaparinga Councils; and trained over 200 community facilitators. Participants have wiped an average 35% off their ecological footprint and reduced their waste stream by 60%. More importantly participants report:

* Capacity to reduce eco-impact increased from 20% to 80%
* Motivation to reduce personal eco-impact increased from 40% to 90%
* Knowledge about how to reduce eco-impact increased from 40% to 90%

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