Symposium: Connecting for Regional Disaster Resilience

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Charles Sturt University hosted a Connecting for Regional Disaster Resilience Symposium 2023.

We took an up close and practical look at regional disaster resilience.

We had researchers, advocates and policymakers sharing their experiences and knowledge of resilience in regional communities.

The day included interactive sessions and workshops exploring:

  • Cutting-edge research on disaster resilience
  • Current concerns and responses
  • Innovative responses and practical tools being implemented
  • The future of disaster resilience policy and research

Date: Tuesday 7 March 2023

Time: 9am-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Centre for Professional Development, Charles Sturt University Bathurst Campus, Panorama Ave, Bathurst NSW 2795

Symposium recordings



Link to presentation

Professor Mark Evans

Opening address


Dr Jean Renouf Southern Cross University and Plan C

Keynote: Recovering from unprecedented disasters - lessons learnt one year after the 2022 Northern Rivers floods


Andrew Kaye NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS)

How can businesses work with emergency services?


Associate Professor Val Ingham Professor John Hicks Charles Sturt University

If communities are fatigued by disaster, what are the consequences for community leaders?


Kerry Pearse Neighbourhood Care Network

Connecting neighbours


Associate Professor Heather Boetto Associate Professor Karen Bell Charles Sturt University

Strengthening disaster preparedness in community service organisations


Renae Hanvin Resilient Ready

The role of business - before, during and after disasters


Elly Bird Resilient Lismore and Lismore City Council

From the heart of Lismore, one year on


Dr Rachael Fox Associate Professor Andrew McGrath Charles Sturt University

Rural Australian young people’s experiences of climate disasters: collaborating on creative action in the community


Professor John Hicks Charles Sturt University

Panel discussion with Frank Tamsitt

Dr Jean Renouf Andrew Kaye Kris Newton