Resilient Sydney would like to invite members of the Mona Vale Chamber of Commerce to attend a research focus group to discuss the impacts of the 2016 East Coast Low on the business community in the Northern Beaches.

The research project is called ‘Resilient Sydney – Insights into Urban Community Resilience’. It is funded by the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Manaement as part of the Community Resilience Innovation Program. The focus group is part of research being undertaken by the University of Sydney, the Resilient Sydney program and our local Council to understand the impacts of disasters on local communities.

The purpose of the workshop is to understand how a natural disaster affects business and the community beyond what is normally captured through insurance claims and public spending. The process uses the “Impacts mapping” technique where the lived experience of individual people is collated to get a more accurate picture of the real disruptions felt in the community. Impacts are then analyzed to identify the programs and policies that would best help affected businesses get back on their feet post disaster.  Results of the research will be shared with government, emergency services, insurance companies and community groups.

During the focus group, participants will be asked for feedback on the immediate and secondary impacts of the East Coast Low. The outcomes of the focus groups will be used to develop policies and programs to ensure communities are well prepared, and the costs of disasters to residents and local businesses are minimised.

Resilient Sydney seeks your insights into how you responded and recovered to the 2016 East Coast Low on the Northern Beaches. Your input will be analysed alongside feedback from other workshops for residents, workers and emergency service personal.

The workshop will be on:
Time: 9am – 12pm, Friday 4th  August 2017
Venue: Collaroy Swim Club


For more information, you can contact:

Campbell Young 
Telephone +61 2 9246 7350
Mobile +61 (0) 468770766

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