CQUniversity research fellow Dr Kirrily Thompson, a cultural anthropologist who is visiting Rockhampton to speak at a Community Recovery and Resilience Forum for those affected by Cyclone Marcia Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
CQUniversity research fellow Dr Kirrily Thompson, a cultural anthropologist who is visiting Rockhampton to speak at a Community Recovery and Resilience Forum for those affected by Cyclone Marcia Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

Opportunity now to rebuild differently in Marcia's wake

AFTER the 2014 South Australian bushfires, CQUniversity researcher Dr Kirrilly Thompson led a taskforce to speak to victims of the disaster event.

Now the disaster recovery and resilience expert is hoping to do a similar project here following the cyclone, and will today be one of the guest speakers at a Public Community Recovery and Resilience Seminar.

The seminar, hosted by CQUniversity, will bring together experts and the community to discuss recent events, future challenges and opportunities to make the community stronger and more resilient.

At this stage Dr Thompson said they were looking to build relationships in the community and to let locals know the university was interested and there to help.

"We can certainly do research, but it needs to be led by the community," she said.

"We're seeing the cyclone as an opportunity to rethink… people might want to rebuild in different ways to the way things were, so we want to find out: What do you love about Rockhampton? How would you like to see it differently? What would allow you to thrive more?"


Dr Thompson said Rockhampton could be used like a case study to look at the impact of the cyclone.

"It could be not just the impact of the cyclone on Rockhampton but disasters in general, how people respond to trauma and how we can best support people to deal with this change in their life, or grief," she said.

Dr Thompson is a research fellow from the Appleton Institute, a multidisciplinary research hub based in Adelaide which also operates as a CQUniversity campus.



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