Disaster resilience and youth mentoring for OS

Jan Mangelson and Judy Anning from the Ocean Shores Community Association, with Karma Barnes of the Ocean Shores Youth Response Team. Also pictured is the Hadad family, who emigrated from Israel to Ocean Shores two and a half years ago. Photo Jeff Dawson.

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Ocean Shores residents are set to benefit from a $40,000 grant as part of the NSW disaster resilient and future ready (DR:FR) Get Ready program.

Wee Waa and North Richmond were the other NSW communities that participated in the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) program.

The funding has been split between a program which aims to engage local youth, and another that will play a role in the disaster preparation process, including a map identifying local flood and bushfire risk areas and identifying important community information.

Byron Youth Service’s Ocean Shores Youth Response Team (OSYRT) say they will be using $25,000 of the grant to run five weeks of skills-building and awareness workshops for local youth.

This will include sessions from a local Indigenous facilitator, and aims to boost their morale and self-confidence and provide an opportunity to role model positive behaviours for younger students.

Ms Bradshaw, FRRR’s program co-ordinator said, ‘I have been so impressed with the enthusiasm of Ocean Shores’ residents to take this program and run with it’.

The remaining $15,000 will be provided to the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) to help them bring to fruition a map of the flood and fire risk areas from Brunswick River to the Tweed border.

OSCA president Jan Mangleson said, ‘It will provide a range of information around which areas are prone to flood and fire risk, as well as giving general community information on how to manage and mitigate these issues.

‘Ocean Shores is a relatively new area, and it will also give people information on the local towns, beach access, the five nature reserves in the area, lookouts, and the layout of the creeks.’

She says the map will have 7,500 copies printed and will be aimed at both locals and tourists.

‘It will show them the geography of the area, as well as important sites; from where to go during an emergency, and how to prepare for emergencies, to where the local shopping centres and other important landmarks are’, said Mrs Mangleson.

Must match government flood mapping

However, former councillor and flood hydrologist Duncan Dey has highlighted that, ‘If OSCA has received a government grant then that is auspicing the information OSCA is going to publish on flooding. If that information is not in alignment with the current joint government flood investigation then it should not have been auspiced.’

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