Implementation of BBB in Victorian Bushfires and Lessons for NZ

The State of Victoria, Australia was devastated on Black Saturday, 7th February 2009 with the worst bushfires in the country’s history sweeping through 78 communities where 173 lives were lost and more than 430,000 hectares of land was destroyed [11]. The Australian Government and Local Authorities were faced with a large scale rebuilding and recovery task to reconstruct the built environment and re-establish people’s livelihoods. This paper focuses on the theme of “Building Back Better” in post-disaster reconstruction; how Build Back Better (BBB) was applied to the recovery in Victoria; and lessons-learnt for implementation in the Christchurch, New Zealand recovery effort.

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