On the 3rd of February 2011, just five years after Cyclone Larry devastated parts of Far North Queensland, the region was once again hit by a category five severe tropical cyclone. Climate science indicates that the tropics can expect more severe weather events like this. Therefore, it is important that communities in the region build resilience through learning and adapting the way they manage their lives, livelihoods and the environment.
Post-Yasi, Terrain played the role of technical adviser, on-the-ground work teams' manager, community group support and the all-important glue between community and government. Terrain is also documenting the valuable lessons that are being learnt by the region's individuals, farmers, community groups and government, so that people are able to better prepare for similar events in the future.
Here are some of the stories of resilience that are emerging.