Halls Gap Community Preparedness and Resilience Project

Project Overview

Safer Together funded council to undertake a series of capacity building activities as part of the Halls Gap Community Preparedness and Resilience Project to further enhance community emergency preparedness and resilience.

This funding allowed us to conduct research, facilitate workshops, technology and community led collaboration within an emergency space which affects us all each year.

We recognise the enormous amount of local knowledge that exists within our communities, and it is crucial to the success of initiatives such as this that community is a valued partner in both delivery and anticipated outcomes. 

Two Halls Gap community emergency preparedness workshops were facilitated by the council in January and February 2023. Some very productive discussions were had, and social connectivity was raised as a key issue by participants. Community members arranged a highly successful community BBQ in April and a third workshop that was held in May 2023.
These community members now make up the 'Snappy Gappians', a group who aim to progress issues raised by the community, with social connectedness as a key theme. If you are interested in joining or assisting the Snappy Gappians, or just to find out more, please email snappygappians@gmail.com
Northern Grampians Shire Council will continue to support the Snappy Gappians and the Halls Gap community on their resilience journey.


CommunityConnect app logo

Northern Grampians Shire Council is developing Community Connect, a digital application to help better prepare and connect communities. Community Connect was initially focused on Halls Gap as a pilot community, with plans to expand shire-wide throughout the project. 

Community Connect is designed to be a one-stop shop for local information where you can check an online community noticeboard, receive notifications about events occurring locally, and access all the resources you need to help you be better informed and prepared for emergency events. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the Community Connect app, please contact:

Kelly Boladeras, Emergency Management Officer
03 5358 8743


As a result of the first two community workshops in early 2023, people connected with CFA Community Safety Engagement Officer Nicole McGrath, who provides fire planning support to individuals looking to improve personal planning for their family and property in Halls Gap. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:

Nicole McGrath
03 5329 5518
0419 952 242