Planning for a More Resilient Future

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Planning for a More Resilient Future

    Our collective thoughts are with all of those who have been, and who are still being affected by recent weather caused by ex-tropical cyclone Debbie.

    As the co-author of the national Enhancing disaster resilience in the built environment project completed back in 2012, Burchills’ Planning Consultant, Shane Murrihy, has an acute understanding of the critical role that land use planning plays in making our communities more resilient to natural hazards.

    The project, completed back in 2012, consisted of the development of four (4) key documents, namely the Vision Statement, Current State Analysis, Gap Analysis and the Roadmap. The following Built Environment Vision was developed as part of this project, which guided the development of several key actions required to enhance our communities’ resilience to hazards in the built environment:

    By 2025 … I am contributing to a stronger, more resilient Australia by being informed and prepared for the natural hazards that may affect where I live, work and play.

    Mr Murrihy states, “with our weather events becoming more volatile and intense, it is essential that planning for development and infrastructure responds to these threats”.

    With Burchills’ extensive skills covering town planning, resilience planning, civil engineering, stormwater management, flood modelling and structural engineering, we are optimally positioned to support Councils and developers in ensuring that enhancing resilience to hazards is a cornerstone of planning documents and development projects, including during recovery and reconstruction efforts.

    If you require any assistance whatsoever in responding to recent weather events, please give Shane a call on (07) 5509 6400 or email


    Shane Murrihy
    Senior Planning Consultant