Community resilience to disaster in four regional Australian towns

Boon, Helen J. (2015) Community resilience to disaster in four regional Australian towns. In: Palutikof, Jean P., Boulter, Sarah L., Barnett , Jon, and Rissik, David, (eds.) Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 386-394.

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Disasters and climate change impacts have cross-scale effects, disrupting functioning across multiple levels of socio-ecosystems. In a global context of increasing incidence of natural disasters there is widespread interest in understanding patterns of resilience exhibited by communities and individuals that have experienced natural disaster in order for governments and organisations to instigate appropriate adaptation practices. This chapter identifies significant generic factors that supported community resilience to four disaster-impacted communities: Beechworth and Bendigo in Victoria, and Ingham and Innisfail in Queensland—Australian regional towns recovering from bushfire, prolonged drought, multiple successive floods (2009) and cyclone (Cyclone Larry, 2006), respectively. Community resilience can be difficult to assess. At the community level resilience is understood as the ability of communities to withstand external shocks to their social infrastructure. For resilience, the community must be able to learn from their experience to adapt accordingly.

Item ID: 36040
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-84501-1
Keywords: resilience, community, disaster, Bronfenbrenner's bioecological systems theory, flood,fire, cyclone, drought, structural equation modelling
Funders: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 02:44
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961010 Natural Hazards in Urban and Industrial Environments @ 100%
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