Community recovery

CLIP Consulting can help your community, region or neighbourhood recover from disasters like flood and fire or economic downturns caused by the closure of a major employer or a shift in demand for what the region offers.
A CLIP process in your community could, like the Walk Tall program in Ravenswood, help build/rebuild infrastructure, engagement and pride.

Getting Ready

    • After a disaster has happened – or a major community challenge has arisen – one or more people in the community need to rally broad support for the community having a voice, a say in the recovery and a partnership with government agencies
    • Create an action team – and think about a governing structure or corporate entity that can act as a partner with government and other agencies and also be the safe, legal body to whom funds can be given
    • Identify if there is potential to get access to funding from government agencies AND from the community, especially those people who weren’t so badly impacted or larger businesses who have the resources to help a community-led recovery
    • Consider getting charity status and/or Deductible Gift Recipient status to make donations easy and tax deductible

    Getting Started

          • Publicise the need and the efforts being done so as to raise funds locally or more broadly
          • Promote the availability of funds for good projects that will help this community to recover
          • Ask the whole community for project ideas directly or by submitting project ideas in a simple 200 word application and photo
          • Use an internet or ballot voting process to get the community to vote for their top preferred projects

    Getting Results

          • Select the most popular projects from the voting
          • Get them to complete a One Page Plan
          • Offer the team mentor support
          • Follow the One Page Plan to make the project happen over 12 months
          • Measure the tangible and anecdotal results of the project
          • Publicise the results and get more funding support
          • Repeat the process if there is still more needing to be done
          • Celebrate!

    The CLIP Consulting team can help you to fast track this process. If your community needs partners to help make things happen then contact us at partner@clipguide.net.

    An example of CLIP in Action is shown below.

    CLIP in Action: The Walk Tall project

    Ravenswood is a suburb considered to have socio-economic disadvantage in education, health, employment and crime. Traditional top-down, service-based approaches didn’t appear to be making improvements and the principal of the Ravenswood high school was sick of the graduates of the school being looked down on as employment prospects by those outside the suburb simply because of its reputation.

    With consulting help, he rallied an action team of the local municipal council, the local newspaper and local residents. The team won federal government funds to mount The Walk Tall project to show the wider community the positive face of Ravenswood.

    A Future Search conference was held with a cross section of the community invited over 1 ½ day to discuss what could be learned from the past, identify Prouds and Sorries and to creatively present what Ravenswood could be 10 years on.

    Action plans started immediately with results including: better walkways and transport to connect to CBD Launceston, better policing, development of the heart of Ravenswood, a community garden and projects to build pride and engagement. Over a million dollars was committed to these development projects. The Royal Australian Planning Institute gave Walk Tall their Merit Award for Community Planning as that year’s best community-led project nationally.