From Disaster to Renewal: The Centrality of Business Recovery to Community Resilience

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) commissioned Griffith University to undertake a series of case studies examining the economic recovery of rural communities following natural disasters. The objective of the project is to critically review current economic recovery practices in Australia and, based on both field research and extensive literature reviews, develop proposals to improve approaches to facilitating economic recovery after disasters. These case studies sought to examine the issues and implications of economic recovery following a variety of natural disasters in differing rural/regional settings. The case studies covered flood, cyclone and bushfire disasters.

This report summarises the findings from each case study community and puts forwards a series of recommendations that reflect the research findings. Key considerations arise from the research findings; that business recovery is central to community recovery and that recovery needs to be integrated within the resilience framework.

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