Claire
Higgins

Project: Community Resilience Development Program – Future Proofing Northern Beaches

Claire is the emergency management support officer for Northern Beaches Council where she works collaboratively to strengthen resilience to natural hazards, climate change and other disasters.  Claire’s vision is to create connected, healthier and more resilient communities.

As a former professional firefighter whom has graduated to senior environment roles within the NSW Government, Claire has a rare and explicit understanding of government from the coal face of emergency response right through to the political headwind of the Minister’s office.

Claire is completing a Master’s degree in disaster resilience and building sustainability. This follows on from a bachelor degree in social science, as well studies in demography and several technical qualifications.

Outside of work and study, Claire has two vibrant children keeping her on her toes. She is an active community member, volunteering at the local school and community kitchen. When seeking refuge from the fast-paced Sydney life, Claire enjoys long distance trail-running, swimming and baking delicious food.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

As a community educator, I recognise the critical need for easy and convenient access to the right information, relevant education, community connections and equipment.  Local government, working with state agencies and community groups, seems to me a perfect fit for coordinating strategic, holistic community resilience programs to meet local needs.

Living close to nature delivers enjoyment and health benefits; but this comes with a level of risk. It is my mission to build a level of awareness, respect and adaptability to balance the risks with the benefits of living near the natural environment.

As exemplified by my parents, time in nature is an essential component to health and happiness. We need to pass on to our children and future generations the appreciation of nature’s value, beauty and fragility to help build a culture of sustainable living with upmost respect for the natural environment

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