Un­der­stand­ing re­cov­ery af­ter re­gional disas­ter

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

DEPUTY Mayor Faye Whe­lan has urged flood-af­fected North Bur­nett res­i­dents to at­tend one of the com­mu­nity meet­ings sched­uled with Dr Rob Gor­don to dis­cuss the topic ‘re­cov­ery af­ter a disas­ter’.

Dur­ing the past 25 years Dr Gor­don has worked with peo­ple af­fected by 30 dis­as­ters in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

There are two op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents to meet with Dr Gor­don at Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion: Wed­nes­day, June 26 from 6.30–8.30pm; and June 27 from 10am–noon.

Times for other com­mu­nity meet­ings are: Gayn­dah, June 26 at the town hall sup­per room from 3–5pm; Eidsvold, June 27 at the RM Wil­liams Cen­tre, 2.30–4.30pm; and Monto, June 27 in the town hall 6–8pm.

He spe­cialises in study­ing and un­der­stand­ing short and longer term com­mu­nity re­sponses to disas­ter.

Dur­ing the ses­sions Dr Gor­don will draw upon ex­pe­ri­ence with re­cent nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in Aus­tralia and New Zealand to pro­vide an over­view of what hap­pens dur­ing the re­cov­ery process and some of the vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and re­silience fac­tors for com­mu­ni­ties and af­fected res­i­dents.

“Dr Gor­don con­ducted an ex­cel­lent ses­sion with a small re­gional group ear­lier and I asked for him to be funded to come back up from Melbourne to reach ev­ery di­rectly af­fected flood per­son and oth­ers.

“He has worked ex­ten­sively with the Black Fri­day Fire re­gions and Lock­yer Val­ley not to men­tion in­ter­na­tional events.

“Our peo­ple are hav­ing nor­mal re­ac­tions to trauma and his visit may help peo­ple to move to the next point in their re­cov­ery.”

At the com­mu­nity meet­ings Dr Gor­don will out­line the pri­or­i­ties in the short term to pro­vide a ba­sis for suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery in the long term and dis­cuss com­mu­nity and agency strate­gies to pro­mote th­ese out­comes.

Find­ings from in­ter­na­tional re­search into dis­as­ters will be pre­sented as it throws light on the Aus­tralian sit­u­a­tion. There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­cuss cur­rent dilem­mas and prob­lems in the re­cov­ery pro­gram in the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Please RSVP to Vanetta on 3211 6227 or vanetta.mur­rell@com­mu­ni­ties.qld.gov.au by Wed­nes­day.

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