Growing the seeds: recovery, strength and capability in Gippsland communities

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Young, Celeste ORCID: 0000-0003-2744-064X, Jones, Roger ORCID: 0000-0001-6970-2797 and Cormick, Craig (2021) Growing the seeds: recovery, strength and capability in Gippsland communities. Project Report. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


The purpose of this report is to provide a starting point for assessing and understanding community capability practically, and to provide an indicative status of these in East Gippsland and Wellington Shires following the bushfires. It uses a systemic assessment of social, economic and risk contexts to examine community strengths and capabilities, and identify potential future pathways. The first section of this report has a specific focus on the capabilities involved in community recovery and how they have been experienced by diverse groups within the East Gippsland and Wellington community. This is viewed through a strengths-focused lens. It also provides an initial assessment of the status of the capabilities identified, and the challenges, needs and opportunities that have arisen as part of the recovery experience. The second section provides a broader picture of the comparative strengths, capabilities and needs identified in an online survey of those impacted by the bushfires in New South Wales and Gippsland through established community panels. The results show which aspects are shared more broadly, those partitioned by direct and indirect experience, and those specific to the East Gippsland community. The third section provides an economic assessment of two local government areas – East Gippsland and Wellington Shires – to provide a high-level assessment of the economic influences and impacts on the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and bushfire recovery.

Item type Monograph (Project Report)
Edition 1st
Official URL
ISBN 9781862728295
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4407 Policy and administration
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords Planetary Health, mapping of community capability, Gippsland communities, bushfires, public media, triggering responses, local community
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