Fire Awareness Award

The East Gippsland Building Community Resilience project was a winner of the Fire Awareness Award in the Community-led Prevention and Preparedness section along with Indigenous Fire Knowledge Partnership on December 2nd, 2015 at the RACV Club in Melbourne.

This was a partnership between the Centre for Rural Communities and the East Gippsland Network of Neighbourhood Houses to invest in local knowledge through the creation of hubs in Buchan, Bruthen, Nowa Nowa, Orbost, Goongerah and Tubbut using the study circle kit ‘Building community futures through co-operation’.


Partnering and Study Kit

Partnership with East Gippsland Network of Neighbourhood Houses funded by Regional Development Victoria – East Gippsland Building Community Resilience Project.

Second study circle kit: Building Community Futures through Co-operation (2015) builds on past successful approaches to locating ownership within communities with an awareness of the contribution this makes to enhancing community resilience in preparation for emergencies as well as during crisis and recovery.

2013 - 2014

Spreading the story

Presented at British Red Cross Resilience conference in London.

Presented at International Association of Community Development conference in Glasgow, on “Community is the answer’.


East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Toolkit

The East Gippsland Environmental Sustainability Strategy 2008–2013 outlines East Gippsland Shire’s position on issues relating to the protection, preservation and enhancement of the environment and consolidates the Shire’s existing achievements, policies and plans about environmental sustainability.

The Strategy highlights Council’s progress on major considerations for environmental sustainability – including biodiversity, water quality and consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and waste management, among others and identifies key actions to support a movement toward more sustainable operations.


Study Circle Kit developed

Building Rural Communities through Co-operation (Sheil 1997) study circle kit.

The kit was created from the shared concern for rural communities and the challenges of discovery to unknown outcomes.

The contribution this kit makes to the development and support of Australian rural communities will depend on the learning that study circles share. The use and function of this kit in your study circle is commended and encouraged.

Professor Norman Creighton.


Centre for Rural Communities commences

The Centre for Rural Communities was formed in 1995 to work towards the development of rural communities that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

The dream was to have a centre where the views of rural people would be welcomed and given credibility.