Disaster Resilience and Emergency Management Research in Aboriginal Communities in Darwin and Palmerston.

This project was conducted as a partnership between Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Australian Red Cross during 2015.

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Disaster management research with Tiwi Long Grassers, Lake Alexander, Darwin. Consultation facilitated by Donna Jackson from Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

Project Aims:

To explore the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Darwin when a cyclone, bushfire or severe weather event strikes and in its aftermath, and to identify the determinants of vulnerability from the perspective of these communities.

Research approach:

Reseach was carried out by teams of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers working together to produce a project design, and then to initiate consultations with Aboriginal people living in Darwin’s 7 Town Communities and the Long Grass. Where possible discussions were conducted in language. CDU researchers also conducted consultations with a range of stakeholders from government and non-government organisations.

Outcomes included:

  • Detailed accounts of emergency management in Town Communities and the Long Grass
  • Identified vulnerabilities for these communities during a crisis
  • Recommendations for NTES and service providers around supporting these communities in the future
  • Preparation for community specific disaster management plans to be negotiated between NTES and Town Communities
Communities that were consulted during this project.

Indigenous Researchers:

Donna Jackson

Donna Jackson from Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Kellie Pollard from Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation

Joy Bulkanhawuy from Raki Mala Consultancies