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 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. 

Community Workshop Content

Resilient Communities involves seven community workshops over seven months which aim to inform, educate and empower 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 running its Resilient Communities program in the Bellingen Shire.  We have also had requests to support the program in Coffs Harbour and Byron shires and are currently seeking grants or donations to enable the program in these locations.  If you are able to financially support the program in these locations, or you know someone who can, please contact us.

Currently supported communities include North Bellingen, South Bellingen, Northbank Road, Gleniffer, Kalang (online), Thora/Darkwood, and Dorrigo.

Who should get involved?

Community members who:

  • are concerned about the increase in extreme weather events
  • live in a community that can become isolated during natural disasters
  • are wanting to build resilience in their local community
  • are interested in leading their community or 
  • want to participate in a program based on community driven solutions

How do I get involved?

Facilitator Training

Facilitator training has now been completed.  Please watch this page for future facilitator training sessions.

The next meetings are as follows:



Saturday 12th December 2020 from 12-3:30pm at RSL Hall, Bangalow

North Bellingen

Sunday 6th December from 2-4:30pm at Bellingen Showground

South Bellingen

Sunday 6th December from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Bellingen Golf Club

Northbank Road

Sunday 6th December from 5-7pm at Bellingen Showgrounds


Tuesday 8th December from 5.30 - 7.30pm at Dorrigo CWA


Tuesday 8th December from 7-9pm online via ZOOM

Coffs Harbour

Thursday 10th December from 6-8pm at Community Village Meeting rooms


Tuesday 15th December from 6-8pm at Thora Hall





If you are interested in working with your community to identify community driven solutions and build community resilience please complete the Participant Registration Form by clicking the green button below.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen, 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 organisations such as Sun Microsystems, AMP, AGSM, Allco, Dimension Data; Hurstville, Canterbury, Bankstown, Wollondilly Shire and Onkaparinga Councils; and trained over 200 community facilitators.


A list of background reading and resources can be found here.

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