Recovery From Natural Disasters: community experiences with bushfires in North East Victoria from 2003 to 2009

Stelling, Anne, Millar, Joanne, Boon, Helen, Cottrell, Alison, King, David, and Stevenson, Bob (2011) Recovery From Natural Disasters: community experiences with bushfires in North East Victoria from 2003 to 2009. Report. Institute for Land, Water and Society, Thurgoona, NSW.

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This report presents findings from key informant and focus group interviews conducted in the Beechworth region in North East Victoria in late 2010 and early 2011 to explore community experiences with bushfire events. The case study is part of a larger research project funded by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and led by James Cook University titled "Recovery from disaster experience: its effect on perceptions of climate change risk and on adaptive behaviours to prevent, prepare, and respond to future climate contingencies. "The project is aimed at 'identifying private and public sector groups' beliefs, behaviours and policies that have supported community resilience to a disaster event. Beechworth and its district lies within the Shire of Indigo, a predominantly rural area, including the townships of Beechworth and Yackandandah, and localities of Eldorado, Stanley, Bruarong and Wooragee (Figure 1). Settlement of the area dates from the 1840s, with land used mainly for grazing. Rapid growth took place from 1852 into the late 1860s, due to the gold rush (Indigo Shire Council, 2010). The township of Beechworth was established in 1853, becoming the central town of the Ovens River goldfields and the administrative centre for north-east ern Victoria. The railway line was opened in 1876, although the population was already declining by then, due to gold production waning, with commercial gold mining ceasing in 1921. The population was relatively stable until the 1960s, with growth spurred by tourism. The population declined slightly in the early 1990s, but has seen a steady increase in recent years. Land is used mainly for farming, fruit and nut growing and viticulture (Indigo Shire Council, 2010).

Item ID: 19145
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-86467-235-0
Funders: Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Institute for Land, Water and Society
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 02:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services @ 100%
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