“These projects will add to Southern Cross University's deep involvement in the recovery of the Northern Rivers after the devastating floods of early 2022,” Professor Carlin said. “The successful projects were selected due to their exceptional response to the brief which was to support or seed innovative solutions to assist the Northern Rivers Community into the future.”
The successful applicants and their projects are:
Associate Professor Adele Wessell – Digital archive of the Richmond Catchment
The creation of an online data repository accessible to researchers, government agencies, historians, local organisations and individuals. The result will be a strategic asset for those seeking to understand how to manage the catchment and restore its health.
Professor Amanda Reichelt-Brushett – Community voice on river health
Talking about the Richmond River - community values for river health in a post-flood environment.
Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles – Children and youth flood experiences and its impact on education
This project seeks to understand and map the flood experiences of, and impact on, children and youth. Among its objectives is support for education and community services and the enabling of post-flood recovery practices, including a ‘Floods + me Education Framework’ and ‘Floods + me Community Exhibition’.
Professor Andrew Rose – Mapping the network of community resources contributing to flood recovery
Research into community support resources that have contributed to flood recovery – and those that will do so going forward – will help in the production of a graphic directory of service providers to support people in their recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Mr Brendan Cox – Improving the ecological health of the Richmond River Catchment
By creating and coordinating the first year of an ongoing whole-of-catchment citizen science program, this project will assess riverine ecosystem health across the catchment, identify areas of concern for targeted management, and reveal the impact of riparian restoration and replanting projects.
Dr Feifei Tong – Verify and improve the GIS flood evaluation model
Focusing on the Wilsons River catchment, this project will collect and analyse an estimated 10,000 photographs and videos taken during the flood by about 2,000 individuals and groups. An ensuing digital map will provide an asset to guide future flood forecasting research and emergency responses, as well as being a visualised memory asset illustrating community needs and bravery.
Associate Professor Mathew Leach - The experiences of extreme flooding and short/medium-term recovery efforts among marginalised groups
This project aims to measure mental health and wellbeing six months after the floods. Exploring the association between flood exposure, mental health and wellbeing will help to quantify and better understand the associations in relation to a proposed Flood Impact Framework, thereby informing current and future disaster support and mental health service provision.