Year released: 2020

Summary: This research report was written by Laura Schieh during an internship with Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. Victoria’s neighbourhood houses, particularly those in rural and regional communities most often affected by natural disasters, often take on the work of community disaster response but do so with little structural support or adequate resourcing in the short-term response or the long-term recovery process.

This report analyses four scenarios:

  • Black Saturday 2009 (Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House)
  • St Patrick’s Day Fires in Corangamite Area 2018 (Camperdown Community House)
  • East Gippsland Fires 2019-20 (Buchan Neighbourhood House) 
  • Floods 2011 (Rochester Community House)