Resilience Benchmarking Project

How equipped are you and your community to respond to an emergency?

The Resilience Benchmarking Project is a two-year Australian Government funded program to engage with the following rural communities in Mansfield Shire:

  • Ancona
  • Barjarg
  • Bonnie Doon
  • Gaffney’s Creek
  • Goughs Bay
  • Howqua Inlet/Macs Cove
  • Jamieson
  • Maindample
  • Merrijig
  • Merton
  • Peppin Point
  • Sawmill Settlement
  • Tolmie
  • Woods Point/Matlock

Project Stages

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Resilience Benchmarking Survey

Resilience Benchmarking Second Survey now open for your feedback!

We're conducting a follow-up survey to gauge the resilience of your rural community in preparing for and responding to emergencies.

This brief survey aims to gather information on community initiatives that have enhanced access to resources, skills training, networking opportunities, and communication channels, while also identifying areas where further action is needed.

Your responses will be kept confidential.

Please click the link below to participate in the survey which takes approximately 3 minutes. Survey closes Friday 5 April 2024.


Rural Towns Emergency Mapping Workshops - RediCommunities

A fully funded district emergency mapping workshop to identify the risks, hazards and community assets is coming to a rural town near you!

The workshop aims to gather local knowledge to assist with the development of a district emergency map. 

Once the map is completed, it will be made available to locals and visitors to access vital information in an emergency.


  • Bonnie Doon & District (Ancona, Barjarg, Maindample, Maintongoon & Peppin Point)

Thursday 15 February – 5.30pm-7.30pm

Bonnie Doon Recreation Reserve Hall


  • Jamieson & District (Howqua Inlet, Kevington & Macs Cove)

Tuesday 27 February – 10.00am-12.00noon

Jamieson Hall


  • Goughs Bay & District (Howes Creek & Monkey Gully)

Saturday 2nd March – 2.00pm-4.00pm

Goughs Bay CFA Shed


  • Sawmill Settlement & District Community Drop In Session to review draft district emergency map.

Saturday 13 April 10.30am - 12.00pm

The Sebel Pinnacle Valley


  • Tolmie & District

Thursday 7 March – 3.00pm-5.00pm

Tolmie Hall

To register your attendance or for further information contact Project Officer Resilience Development, Kerry Craig via email or call 0417 051 943.



Free Training & Workshops

Free training opportunities to build your confidence and resilience to plan, prepare and respond to emergencies and disasters.  These free courses are facilitated by Australian Red Cross as part of the Resilience Benchmarking Project.


Rural First Aid Training

A fully funded First Aid course to help improve the safety of your family, friends, and community!


Jamieson Memorial Hall

Tuesday 6 February 2024



Tolmie Mechanics Hall

Wednesday 7 February 2024



Mansfield Visitor Information Centre

Thursday 8 February 2024



Click here to find out more and register for this free training.


Get Ready, Get Techi - Emergency App Training

Learn how to download and use emergency apps.


Merrijig Hall

Wednesday 31 January 2024



Mansfield Library

Thursday 1 February 2024



Bonnie Doon – venue TBC

Thursday 1 February 2024



Click here to find out more and register for this free training.


Want to get involved or find out more?

ContactCouncil's Project Officer Resilience Development, Kerry Craig, via email at or call 0417 051 943

This project is funded through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant.

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