Resilience the hot topic at well attended forum

LEADERS: Conference keynote speakers and workshop leaders at the Community Conference on Resilience were Andrew Heslop (left) amd Anne Leadbeater (right), while Susan Benedyka (centre) lead and facilitated the five hour conference on Sunday.

WHAT does Resilience mean and how tough are we as a community(?) were the key points of discussion at the Mansfield Community Conference last Sunday.

Attended by a wide cross-section from from all areas of the shire, participants included recent Community Leadership Program graduates, volunteers from SES, CFA, Red Cross and other community groups, local police and ambulance representatives, and community minded individuals, around 60 in total.

Resilience was the key word of the day, with speakers, workshops, and group exercises all revolving around the exploration of what resilience might mean in the context of disasters such as fire, flood, and storms.

The day was lead by facilitator Susan Benedyka, and four keynote speakers opened proceedings, giving 10 minute talks on their backgrounds and personal experiences in times of disaster.

Andrew Heslop, ambassador and founder of Neighbour Day and 2012 NSW Volunteer of the Year spoke of the importance of getting people thinking as the key first step to planning for disaster events.

He noted the importance of volunteers and the leadership they can provide, and implored the audience “It begins with you – how can you step up to make your community more resilient?”

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