This paper presents evidence from an arts-based community engagement initiative that promoted disaster resilience in a regional Victorian town. This approach allowed staff of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to initiate conversations with local community members about bushfire safety. Some challenges identified with this approach related to CFA staff skill levels, appropriate organisational support, and response capacities of the local volunteer brigade.
This study shows that arts-based initiatives have the potential to improve agency-community relationships and strengthen community networks. Further research is recommended to quantify the effects of such programs on community resilience to bushfire risk.
Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Volume 31, Issue 4, October 2016, Pages 51-55. This document is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.