The 2009 “Black Saturday” Victorian Bushfires was one of the worst bushfires in Australian history, sweeping through 78 communities, claiming 173 lives and destroying more than 430,000 hectares of land and 2,000 properties. The Government and affected communities were faced with a large-scale rebuilding and recovery effort to restore the built environment and re-establish livelihoods. Our research team stepped in six months after the fires to conduct an extensive longitudinal case study of the recovery effort over five years. The study series used a Build Back Better lens to investigate recovery issues and critical recovery decisions made in short and medium-term recovery timeframes, and examined the longer-term outcomes as a result of these decisions.
Our study proposed BBB best-practice indicators to support the recovery process and plan for future disaster recovery efforts.
Mannakkara, S. & Wilkinson, S. (2016). Selecting an Institutional Mechanism for Building Back Better: Lessons from Victorian Bushfires Recovery. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 19, 273-279.
Mannakkara, S. & Wilkinson, S. 2011. Build Back Better – Implementation in Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction. International Conference on Building Resilience. Kandalama, Sri Lanka: University of Salford.