‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result’. (Albert Einstein)
Firstly, apologies for the lack of newsletter over the last few weeks. We have had many balls in the air but most ‘works in progress’ rather than having anything substantial to report. The downfall of this thinking is that today’s newsletter is rather long.
We’d like to offer our support to all members who have been battered around by the latest land zoning announcements; battered from being zoned or battered from still being un-zoned. The situation is a frustrating and exhausting one for all. If there are things that you think can help support your community over the next short while, either from us or from one of the earthquake authorities, please email us with suggestions.
Leanne and Brian
CERA Residential Demolition Team
We have established regular contact with this team who are responsible for bringing together a work plan for Option 1 demolitions to raise the questions uppermost in people’s minds. These include information about communication, asbestos, timelines, safety, whether it will be house by house or in blocks, disruption, etc. This team is committed to getting as much useful information out to residents as soon as possible and are currently working our questions through the system. They have three test sites ready to go where they will be demolishing houses in blocks to test their processes. We will be working with them at these test sites to identify information which residents most want and are looking to put together a video to offer some clarity on this topic. It is very encouraging that the team is looking carefully at security risks, ongoing management of the site, mitigating against site damage which may impact on future use of the Red Zones, and the general wellbeing of residents and landscape throughout the process. Demolitions are also working with insurers to try to get an agreed and coordinated plan for demolitions, whether the house has been settled with CERA or the insurer.
· Salvage – The team has worked up a list of salvage costs for people who have accepted Option 1. They believe the list is a fair reflection of what the salvage market would charge so best advice if you are wanting to salvage parts of your house is to contact the Demolition Team at CERA on 0800 7464 2372 or email@example.com. It is not difficult to organize but must be done before settlement. The issue of salvage if you have opted for Option 2 is more difficult and although CERA has been trying to get insurers to agree to similar salvage rates, they have been largely unsuccessful.
· Relocations – This same team is also looking into how relocation of houses can best work. There are many factors that need to be considered to make this is fair and viable option and a paper is being discussed now. Our intention is to get this information out to you as soon as possible so we can clearly establish the markets intent to prove or disprove to the agencies of the need to put more energy into this area.
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The concerns regarding inconsistencies of communication, transparency and methodology have all been raised with Insurance Council. They have in turn gone back to their members to try to address these issues. The Insurance Council is also trying to get its head around what the new technical categories mean for insurance settlements and ongoing insurance. They are also having some issue with a lack of timely and coordinated information and are happy to work with us on this topic. We would prefer to have a consistent approach from insurers rather than each be able to respond separately and is a main topic in our updated Strategic plan./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
We are delighted to announce CanCERN has received further funding from the Tindall Foundation. They have split the grant between themselves and the Hugh Green Charitable Trust. We greatly appreciate the support these organizations, along with the Todd Foundation, continue to show us in the work we do./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
CanCERN believes that many of the issues and frustrations that arise and the roadblocks that impact on community led recovery, stem from leadership styles that have been less than obvious. We are taking every opportunity to encourage leadership that is focused on the people; their priorities, their needs and their vision and solutions. We have asked for leadership that evidences co-ordination and collaboration and that directs earthquake authorities to work with the people at the heart of recovery. We will continue to use our influence to push for processes that reflect best practice leadership in post disaster recovery./************ get tags and categories ****************/ ?>
Red Zone Announcements – The announcement that Brooklands has been zoned red will be met with varied response. What we do know from experience is that the process is not an easy one for a community to face. We will be supporting the Brooklands Residents Association to host CERA information meetings scheduled for next week. We are also making another complaint to CERA about how these announcements were made. People need to be prewarned so announcements can be less distressing for residents.
· Orange Zone – We have again reinforced the need for CERA to front up to orange zone residents to explain the delay in announcements and what factors are being taken into consideration. We have asked that CERA connects with the local community group to plan to gather for how such meetings may best work. In this way, each community can have some control over decreasing frustration for residents.
· TC 1-3 – CERA’s public meetings are only the beginning of this information sharing process. CERA is generally keen to front up and explain what decisions mean. However, there is usually so little time between staff knowing when and what the announcements will be and the actual fronting up in public meetings that the staff are ill equipped to answer the majority of residents concerns. We are convinced that many of the residents questions have unknown responses at this stage but asking the question sends an important message to CERA about what they need to focus on. Our main message to CERA (and all other earthquake agencies) is to ‘know your audience’. We are also pushing for a faster roll out of information hubs across the city. Face to face communication is proving an invaluable tool for those who have visited the Avondale Earthquake Assistance Centre and we now need more of them.