A Southern Cross University led survey will seek the views of flood and landslide-affected Northern Rivers residents about the most effective response and recovery efforts.
The findings will inform the development of improved support systems and policy, with a particular focus on community-led recovery efforts.
The final report can also provide learnings to support increased community resilience and adaptive capacity in the face of natural disasters, according to Dr Hanabeth Luke, the project leader.
Southern Cross has partnered with formal and informal community hubs and recovery centres, including Wardell CORE, Resilient Lismore and the Woodburn Recovery Centre all of which have been an integral part of the response to the Northern Rivers flood events.
Dr Luke said, ‘This survey was called for by the community, has been developed in partnership with our community hubs, and the results will be going back out to the community within a month of the survey closing.
‘This survey can bring the voices of our flood and landslide-affected communities together in this recovery. The results will be used to guide the hubs and other supporting agencies to best target their efforts. The local knowledge gained from this survey can also guide planning and preparation for future extreme weather events in this region.’
Anyone affected by the 2022 heavy rain and flood events across the NSW Northern Rivers region is encouraged to complete the anonymous Northern Rivers Flood Recovery Survey.
It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Access the survey via https://scuau.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9j9V7NlVByNuce).