Commencing mid-2017 and running until mid-2021, the BNHCRC is funding two ongoing BNHCRC projects in this second funding phase:
- Scenario planning for remote community risk management in northern Australia
- An essential premise of the project is that many Indigenous ranger groups in remote communities can deliver effective front-line EM preparedness and response. The project also takes guidance from COAG’s national Keeping our mob safe policy addressing the building of EM capacity in remote Indigenous communities.
- On the advice of NT and WA EM agencies, remote communities were identified for participation in the project (NT—Borroloola region, Hermannsburg and Areyonga, Yuendumu; WA—Bidyadanga). Early discussions with the NT communities, and associated ranger groups, and other key regional stakeholders (e.g. Shire councils, EM agencies), have all been extremely positive, with a keen interest in participation signaled from community members.
- Over the next 6 month, the next steps with the project will include: (1) formalizing arrangements with participating communities; (2) undertaking research ethics approval; (3) supporting participating communities to assess their respective risks, and determine their capabilities and requirements; and (4) commencing formal scenario planning activities with other regional stakeholders, including EM agencies—e.g. assess the costs and benefits associated with different scenarios, including business-as-usual and activities enhanced through community participation.
- Developing effective EM partnerships in remote north Australian communities
- This project will continue to work with NE Arnhem Land communities (Ramingining, Galiwinku in the first instance) to help develop effective bottom-up governance structures better able to independently address preparedness and response capabilities and develop effective partnerships with EM agencies.
- The work will be assisted by Indigenous researchers with the expectation that a set of protocols governing EM responsibilities will be developed both for effective implementation in respective community settings, but also for wider consideration.
Over the course of the project it is hoped that this work can be extended into WA and QLD remote settings.