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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project

 

Overview

The Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project looked at a natural disaster which occurred in the western desert community of Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia. This remote Indigenous community was devastated by a flood in March 2001. The project involved Australian Emergency Management, in consultation with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA), who together documented the community's stories from the Kiwirrkurra flood. The purpose of the project was to identify the lessons learned so that other communities and emergency managers could benefit.

The Kiwirrkurra stories demonstrate that through developing and maintaining good and trusted relationships, good communication channels and understanding and respecting relationships, culture and country, even the most severe of emergencies can be managed and the community can survive.

Abstract adapted from Australian Emergency Management

Contacts

Australian Emergency Management
Attorney-General's Department
3-5 National Circuit
Barton ACT 2600
Email: ema@ag.gov.au

Related publications

Kiwirrkurra - the Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project (2010)

Emergency Management in Australia

This set of three factsheets was developed as a result of a project involving Emergency Management Australia, the Kiwirrkurra flood recovery project, in consultation with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA)

These organisations together documented the experiences of the Kiwirrkurra Indigenous community which was devastated by a major flood in 2001. The purpose of these resources was to identify the lessons learned so that other communities and emergency managers can benefit.

The resources aim to demonstrate that through developing and maintaining good and trusted relationships, good communication channels and understanding and respecting relationships, culture and country, even the most severe of emergencies can be managed and the community can survive.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Emergency Management Australia (2009)

Kiwirrkurra: the flood in the desert: report.

The Australian Journal of Emergency Management; 24(1): 67-70

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Last updated: 16 September 2013
 
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