Stories of Resilience

Between February and May 2019, Helene Thomas owner of The Wayfinder, a mobile storytelling studio, will be speaking to people from across the Hobart region. We are inviting community members affected by the extreme weather event to tell their stories and help themselves and others learn from the experience. The project will raise community awareness about disaster planning, preparedness, response and recovery and help local governments improve their services.

Project outcomes

A podcast series, photo gallery, short films and a report about lessons learned will be produced, and they are planned to be featured on the radio, at events and on the City of Hobart website.


The project is being run by the City of Hobart, in partnership with Glenorchy City council, Kingborough Council and has been jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Information and photos of The Wayfinder and Helene's projects may be found on The Wayfinder page

Project participation

We are looking for people who:

  • have a direct experience of the 10–11 May 2018 weather event
  • experienced lasting impacts from the event (i.e. beyond just 10-11 May)
  • live, work, study, own property and/or run a business in Hobart, Glenorchy, Kingborough or Derwent Valley local government areas

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in participating, complete the survey or contact Boshra Yazahmeidi on 03 6238 2495 or

Listen to some stories

Weathering the storm

Penny Carey-Wells, a resident of Kingston Beach, describes her sentiments during the storm in what normally felt like a safe house.  

So totally unexpected  

Terri-Anne Peterson, a resident of Kingston Beach, had to evacuate her children due to safety concerns.