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New Sydney strategy strengthens resilience through cooperation

Sydney’s 33 metropolitan councils and 100 Resilient Cities have jointly unveiled ‘Resilient Sydney’, a city-wide resilience strategy for metropolitan Sydney which calls for business, government, academia, communities and individuals to cooperate and work together to improve both organizational and community resilience.

Resilient Sydney was developed by all 33 metropolitan councils in consultation with over 100 businesses, organizations and government bodies and is the result of two years of effort.

Beck Dawson, Chief Resilience Officer said, “Resilient Sydney marks a turning point for our city, where we now look beyond our boundaries and backyards to work together as one city. We’ve spent two years talking to more than 1,000 people from 100 organizations to identify actions we can do together to help us bounce back from shocks and reduce their likelihood. Our ability to survive, adapt and grow as a city is linked to the strength of connections between neighbours, businesses, councils and government entities. Every resident and organisation in Sydney has a role to play in making our city more resilient and it’s been incredible to work with so many different people to develop a strategy to help the city come together as one in bad times and in good.”

Resilient Sydney lays out five directions and 35 actions including one flagship action for each direction to build resilience in Sydney:

  • Flagship action: Sydney’s shocks and stresses are managed through planning for growth – resilience is incentivised and shocks and stresses are factored into planning. This action will build capacity within and between local governments and communities for better decision making and will improve the city’s understanding of systemic risk. Criteria for investment will focus on more equitable outcomes.
  • Flagship action: Cool suburbs – turn down the heat. Extreme heat is Sydney’s biggest shock. This action builds a shared understanding of how to reduce the impact of extreme heat especially for vulnerable communities.
  • Flagship action: City cohesion and well-being – this action will increase awareness of social cohesion and community wellbeing and build awareness of risks. It will encourage evidence-based decision making that improves social cohesion.
  • Flagship action: Get prepared – 100,000 ready Sydneysiders – a lack of community preparedness is one of Sydney’s vulnerabilities. This action will increase awareness and understanding of risks across diverse communities and promote connections across networks while building preparedness.
  • Flagship action: Engage 100 organizations in the Sydney Resilience Commitment– a lack of understanding of Sydney’s metropolitan scale risks and interdependencies exacerbates the city’s shocks and stresses. This action calls for 100 of Sydney’s vital organisations to make a commitment to make adaptive, integrated planning and action central to their governance in order to manage disruptions.

The full Resilient Sydney urban resilience strategy can be downloaded here: www.resilientsydney.com.au



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