Build back better : implementation in Victorian bushfire reconstruction
Mannakkara, Sandeeka; Wilkinson, Suzanne; Potangaroa, Regan
Citation:Mannakkara , S., Wilkinson, S., and Potangaroa, R. (2013). Build back better : implementation in Victorian bushfire reconstruction. Disasters Journal, 38(2):267-90. doi: 10.1111/disa.12041.
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“Build Back Better” (BBB) is a prominent concept in post-disaster reconstruction and has emerged from identifying the need for the reconstruction phase to be taken as an opportunity to decrease the vulnerability of communities to future disasters. The 2009 Victorian Bushfires in Australia was chosen as a case study for this paper to test the application of core BBB principles and their outcomes. The results show that several BBB measures were successfully implemented in Victoria and are relevant for any post-disaster reconstruction effort. The BBB initiatives taken in Victoria include: land-use planning determined by hazard risk-based zoning; enforcement of structural design improvements; facilitated permit procedures; regular consultations with stakeholders; and programmes conducted for social and economic recovery. Lessons from the Victorian recovery include: avoiding construction in high-risk zones ; fairness and representativeness when conducting community consultations; adequate support for economic recovery; establishment of pre-prepared recovery frameworks ; and empowerment of Local Councils