Capable Communities

Come together, decide together, act together to be better prepared

UPCOMING EVENTS OCTOBER - Tumbarumba Community

 14th October

Walk the Big Map Event

"Create a Community Action Plan"

The Tumbarumba community will gather at the Golf Club on October 14th from 8:30am to 5:00pm for an informative and insightful day.

About the event

Disaster Relief Australia and ABV have partnered with the Tumba Business Chamber to deliver this Disaster Preparedness workshop. Meet with Businesses, Disaster response agencies, and other community members as we learn about how the floods or fires could affect us in the coming season. Discuss what you and your community could do to prepare and adapt for the changing climate. Build relationships with vital members of your disaster plans.

Lunch and morning & afternoon teas provided.

Registrations open September 14 and close October 5.

16th & 17th October

Business Bootcamp Event

The Tumbarumba Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with us to offer you a Business Boot camp that will equip you with the skills and strategies to overcome any challenge.

About the Event

Join us for two nights of dinner and learning at the Elms Motel, where you will discover how to: manage your business finances and plan for the future; exit gracefully- knowing the best way, time and reason to leave; boost your online presence and think creatively.

The  cost is free for Tumbarumba Chamber members.

Dinner Included

Spaces are limited, so book now!

Registration opens Sept 14 and close Oct 9

About the Capable Communities program

Capable Communities is a locally called for disaster risk reduction and resilience building program that supports non-traditional actors to drive forward disaster preparedness in Southeast New South Wales at-risk communities.

Funded by New South Wales and Australian governments under the National Partnership Agreement for Disaster Risk Reduction, the program runs over 21 months to deliver specialist support for active community leaders, local community resilience groups, Chambers of Commerce and businesses to develop and action robust disaster risk reduction plans to protect their community. 

Realising community-led action plans

All engaged stakeholders are able to access specialist placed-based planning, economic development scoping and plans and project implementation support through facilitated local workshops and skilled mentorship opportunities to build local resilience economically, socially and in environments against future hazards. 

For those with existing locally identified disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness projects and plans - we go straight to supporting communities to progress these, through pro bono expertise coordinated by ABV.

In partnership with engineering firm Arup, community plans and projects will have the benefit of expert pro bono support in feasibility planning for resilient infrastructure in built and natural environments. 

ABV CEO Liz Mackinlay

"Disaster risk reduction can only truly occur when our communities are directing and leading these effort."
Community-led adaptation workshops 

In these tailored workshops, designed by communities themselves, the focus will be on bringing in required disaster risk reduction and recovery experts, skilled volunteers and facilitators to collaboratively develop and progress authentic plans which draw on local capacity and knowledge, ensuring their communities are well placed in the face of future floods and other hazards. 

"Big Map" disaster modelling workshops

In partnership with Disaster Relief Australia (DRA) attendees will gain access to an aerial all hazards assessment exercise to raise awareness and discussion of the risks relevant to their region. 

Ongoing mentorship 

ABV's highly skilled business volunteers will walk-alongside community resilience groups and businesses to then bring these plans to fruition and embed them in the community over the program's lifespan. 

Get involved

To learn more and find out how you can be involved, please contact ABV Senior Program Manager, George Barrett at:

This project is funded by the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (DRRF) which is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments.

We acknowledge the support of our partners Disaster Relief Australia and ARUP.


Cultural Burning Conference

Event Summary

ABV worked closely with the Batemans Bay LALC CEO, Ros Carriage, and Head Ranger, Andrew White to co-design the conference and work towards the outcomes they wanted for their community. Cultural burning, an ancient practice rooted in Indigenous traditions, resurges as a sustainable approach to bushland management and fire hazard reduction.

Links and further info:

Click here to see full agenda from the day


NITV News Segment

ABC News Article


Click here to view images from the event

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