Sarah U’Brien

Community Led Recovery: Dungog Bounce Forward Project

The small township of Dungog was left devastated by the unprecedented floods that hit the Hunter region on 21 April 2015, with 82 homes left severely damaged or destroyed, 139 individuals forced to evacuate their homes, and tragically, three people lost their life.The Dungog Shire Community Centre has been integral to the recovery effort since the floods hit and as the community now looks to rebuild, the locally based centre continues to provide much needed speciality support services to those affected by the natural disaster.

Now that the immediate crisis is over, we are very pleased to contribute to the medium to long term recovery effort by providing an out of round grant that will help the Dungog Shire Community Centre in rolling out ‘Project Bounce Forward’ over the next 12 months. The funding from nib foundation will support the Community Renewal element of this initiative, with a Project Officer to be employed part-time to deliver a range of community events and activities, and also create pathways to information and services.This dedicated community renewal resource will focus on information sharing, linkage and capacity building, restoring the health and wellbeing of the broader community, and will complement the individual case management undertaken by Dungog Shire Community Centre.

Sarah U’Brien is the Manager at Dungog Shire Community Centre.

Bounce Forward