The woman leading disaster resilience effort
THE Burnett Catchment Care Association has launched a landmark new project to disaster-proof agribusinesses in the Monto district.
The initiative was made possible thanks to funding from both the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
The project, aptly titled Building Resilience in the North Burnett, comes in response to the seven flooding disasters and two drought declarations that have wreaked havoc on the region over the past eight years.
BCCA has hired a full-time community resilience officer, Kirstie Roffey, to lead the two-year project that will develop strategies for the long-term success of North Burnett farmers.
In her new role, Ms Roffey will consult with primary producers to assess the impact of previous natural disasters on the community.
Ms Roffey said BCCA’s overarching goal was to create the conditions necessary for the meaningful and long-lasting resilience of local farmers.
“Disasters have caused loss of production and loss of income,” she said.
“There are financial impacts but it also impacts mental health.
“It doesn’t just affect individuals, it affects the wider community.
“We want to help not just with farming practices but ensure primary producers are financially able to withstand disasters.”
PLANNING: BCCA community resilience officer Kirstie Roffey is in charge of the new project.