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Strengthening resilience for a thriving community - with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

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The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) is hosting an online session for community members who are interested in developing a practical understanding of community resilience and exploring ways in which communities can lead and strengthen their resilience to thrive and evolve in positive ways when faced with disruptions and disasters.

With support from guest speaker Paul Ryan, Director of the Australian Resilience Centre, this online conversation will introduce some key concepts and explore these key questions:

  • What do we mean by resilience? What is it? 
  • How are people and communities building it?
  • Why does it matter?
  • Does it matter to you and your community?

The session is free and open to all interested community members, including Traditional Owners, youth, business owners, farmers, sports clubs, schools, volunteer emergency services, environmental volunteers, arts groups, health professionals and local government staff from the communities of:

Myrtleford, Whittlesea, Beaufort, St Arnaud, Paynesville, Korumburra and Yarra Junction.

These communities have the opportunity to be supported to work collectively to build social capital, strengthen resilience and increase preparedness for disasters and other disruptions over two years as part of FRRR’s Disaster Resilient: Future Ready (DR:FR) program.

Following this session, FRRR will work with representatives in each community to organise a local community activity that will bring together diverse perspectives, experiences and ideas around strengthening community resilience and explore interest in participating in the DR:FR program ongoing.

If you can’t make the live session, we'll send a recording of the discussion to registered attendees soon after.

For more information, contact: Jacqui Bell, Program Coordinator,

About our guest speaker, Paul Ryan.

Paul is passionate about the future of rural people and places. 

Since growing up on the family farm he has worked with rural communities around Australia and internationally to bring about positive social, environmental and economic change. 

He has worked with more than twenty thousand people using a range of concepts and tools to catalyse new thinking and insights over the last 15 years. 

He is acutely aware of the both challenges and opportunities faced by rural Australia to create prosperous, sustainable and fair futures for rural people. 

Paul is currently the Director of the Australian Resilience Centre and has previously worked for the Stockholm Resilience Centre, CSIRO and state agencies.

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