Research Staff - Climate Futures

Research Staff - Climate Futures

Resilient Partnerships: Communicating for Successful Community Collaborations Workshop

The workshop aims to not only identify the challenges in building community resilience and communicating approaches, but also to share and enhance effective approaches that can be implemented in communities across Australia. Each speaker will be invited to discuss their experiences and to give their perspective on what is required for successful community collaboration.


  • Chris Collett -Assistant Secretary, Emergency Management Policy Branch
 Australian Government Attorney-General's Department

  • Wendy Graham - Director, Resilience and Planning
 Ministry for Police and Emergency Services

  • Murray Kear AFSM - Commissioner 
State Emergency Service (SES), New South Wales

  • Mary Farrow - Chairman, Committee of Management 
Emerald Community House

  • Jelenko Dragisic - Chief Executive Officer 
Volunteering Queensland

Lew Short - Group Manager Community Resilience 
Rural Fire Service (RFS), New South Wales

  • Jeremy Mansfield - Head of Development & Volunteer
 Green Cross

  • Gina Scandrett and Erin Jackson
 Student Volunteer Army, Christchurch
  • Tom Davies - Founding Director, Edge Environment

This will be an interactive forum and we will provide open Q&A panel discussions with our speakers at the end of each session. Session four will be dedicated to open discussion on practical needs and issues arising to ensure that the day will deliver significant outcomes for both delegates and Climate Futures.

The workshop will be an important stepping-stone in developing a research agenda for Climate Futures and in forming strategic partnerships with other organisations concerned with enhancing community resilience. The outcomes of this workshop will be communicated to all participants.


  • Volunteer service organisations and other non-government organisations with community engagement responsibilities
  • Local/regional emergency management officers
  • Local government emergency management coordinators/planners
  • Those working with the community, infrastructure, economics and finance, or environmental aspects of recovery management
  • Those with a role in promotion of community safety and risk awareness
  • Emergency managers with a role in community liaison and promotion of their agency

For further information contact
Leigh Staas, Executive Officer of Climate Futures
Phone: 02 98506297

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