May 2018 Floods
Tasmanians get things done. We are an island of wild weather and isolation, demanding resilient communities and people. We take pride in our capacity to withstand hardship - and flourish, even during the hardest times. When faced with crises, like the increasing threat of natural disasters, we draw on the strengths of our communities and connections to each other.
To be better prepared and able to support each other in the future, we need to act on the lessons we learn from our successes and failures during times of trial.
The City of Hobart is running projects to help people who were affected by the May 2018 extreme weather event to get ready for, recover from and help each other in natural disasters.
These projects will assist regional Hobart communities respond to future emergencies, disaster events and other disruptions to normal living.
These projects have been jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Who was involved: Flood-affected community members residing in Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy and Derwent Valley.
This research and creative project was a chance for community members affected by the extreme weather event to tell their stories and help themselves and others learn lessons from the experience. A podcast series, photo gallery, short films and a report about lessons learned were produced. The aim was to raise community awareness about disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery.
Further information may be found on the Stories of Resilience project page.
Australian Red Cross Workshops
Who can get involved: Community service providers and leaders residing in Hobart, Kingborough, Glenorchy and Derwent Valley.
Three ‘Disaster Ready’ workshops and two ‘Communicating in Recovery’ workshops will be offered to community service providers and leaders in the areas most affected by the extreme weather event. The workshops will assist community service providers with tools and awareness to prepare for and act in an emergency and assist community leaders to communicate more effectively after an emergency.
Who can get involved: Community members residing in Lenah Valley, New Town, Sandy Bay and South Hobart.
Four community working groups in Lenah Valley, New Town, Sandy Bay and South Hobart will assess the resilience of their suburbs using the Torrens Resilience Scorecard, identify areas in need of improvement and make plans for increasing their suburb’s ability to bounce back after an emergency. The results of this process will guide resilience-building efforts in other suburbs and regions.
Now recruiting! Community members from Lenah Valley, New Town, Sandy Bay and South Hobart are invited to express interest to be part of voluntary working groups that will assess the resilience of their own suburb.
Afloat – A Children and Families Community Art Project
The Afloat project was an initiative in response to the Southern Tasmanian Extreme Weather Event (STEW) in May 2018 to build resilience and recovery using a creative pathway. The City of Hobart received funding through the Australian and Tasmanian governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
The City employed two local artists (Rosie McKeand and Leigh Tesch) to run several creative workshops with children, families and educators who reside near the South Hobart rivulet, using creative recovery and play as a means to help children deal with change, adversity and the associated feelings. These workshops culminated in a community event, a year on from the May 2018 floods at the base of the rivulet, to connect families together, share stories and celebrate community resilience, as well as to support the ongoing process of community recovery and to deal with the impacts of climate change.
One of the outcomes of this project was a booklet(PDF, 5MB) to document the creative process and community day. The City of Hobart would like to thank everyone who participated and supported this project and for those who continue to build resilience and recovery in their communities.
Find out more about the project.
Who was involved: Community members residing in South Hobart.
A new permanent work of public art provides the basis for acknowledging the destructive nature of the natural world and its incredible force, as well as an opportunity to build community cohesion, connectivity and resilience.
For more information about all projects, please contact Boshra Yazahmeidi, Community Development Officer - Resilience: