In Conversation with Elly Bird and Katie Cooper-Wares

From the epicentre of the Northern Rivers flood recovery, we are joined by Elly Bird and Katie Cooper-Wares.

Both have been instrumental in the founding and development of the Resilient Lismore community recovery organisation, alongside other roles – Elly as a Councillor for Lismore City Council and Chair of Arts Northern Rivers and Katie as a dancer, artist, environmental educator and founder of the Creative First Aid Alliance group.

They discuss the need to reframe community preparedness; how the arts can support in reimagining the future after such an immense loss of safety and identity; and share on-ground learnings from living with the reality of compounding disasters in their community.

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