Capable Communities

Resilient and stronger together

Capable Communities is a locally called for disaster risk reduction and resilience building program that supports non-traditional actors to drive forward disaster preparedness in Southeast New South Wales at-risk communities.

Funded by New South Wales and Australian governments under the National Partnership Agreement for Disaster Risk Reduction, the program runs over 21 months to deliver specialist support for active community leaders, local community resilience groups, Chambers of Commerce and businesses to develop and action robust disaster risk reduction plans to protect their community. 

Realising community-led action plans

All engaged stakeholders are able to access specialist placed-based planning, economic development scoping and plans and project implementation support through facilitated local workshops and skilled mentorship opportunities to build local resilience economically, socially and in environments against future hazards. 

For those with existing locally identified disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness projects and plans - we go straight to supporting communities to progress these, through pro bono expertise coordinated by ABV.

In partnership with engineering firm Arup, community plans and projects will have the benefit of expert pro bono support in feasibility planning for resilient infrastructure in built and natural environments. 

ABV CEO Liz Mackinlay

"Disaster risk reduction can only truly occur when our communities are directing and leading these effort."
Community-led adaptation workshops 

In these tailored workshops, designed by communities themselves, the focus will be on bringing in required disaster risk reduction and recovery experts, skilled volunteers and facilitators to collaboratively develop and progress authentic plans which draw on local capacity and knowledge, ensuring their communities are well placed in the face of future floods and other hazards. 

"Big Map" disaster modelling workshops

In partnership with Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) attendees will gain access to an aerial all hazards assessment exercise to raise awareness and discussion of the risks relevant to their region. 

Ongoing mentorship 

ABV's highly skilled business volunteers will walk-alongside community resilience groups and businesses to then bring these plans to fruition and embed them in the community over the program's lifespan. 

Get involved

To learn more and find out how you can be involved, please contact ABV Senior Program Manager, George Barrett at: george.barrett@abv.org.au.

Capable Communities is proudly led by ABV, in partnership with disaster relief and development organisation, DRA and global engineering firm, Arup.


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