Building Resilience in Australia

Resilience thinking is growing in Australia. This week, 100 Resilient Cities will be visiting member cities Sydney and Melbourne, participating in exciting and critical dialogues about the state of resilience. Here are some of the latest updates from how our work — and the practice of urban resilience — is growing in Australia:

Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer, Beck Dawson, presented the city’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment. The process of developing a city resilience strategy requires Chief Resilience Officers and city leaders to work across the city’s agencies and communities of stakeholders to assess its challenges and opportunities. In the first phase of this work, the city creates a preliminary work plan that summarizes the state of resilience in the city, describes the work done to date to understand the city’s challenges and opportunities, and identifies the key and emerging themes that will form and guide development of the city’s Resilience Strategy.

Explore Sydney’s Preliminary Resilience Assessment and learn more about the city’s challenges and opportunities.

On Tuesday, November 8, 100RC President Michael Berkowitz joins Lord Mayor Clover Moore and an expert panel for a conversation about Sydney’s resilience. A resilient city must work together and At a CityTalks Sydney event, Michael Berkowitz will share his experiences and lessons learned from cities throughout the 100RC Network of cities and discuss how Sydney’s long term stresses and potential shocks affect Sydney’s resilience.

Learn more about the CityTalks Sydney event and follow along @ResilientSydney@100ResCities, and #SydCityTalks.

On Thursday, November 10, Michael Berkowitz joins Melbourne CRO Toby Kent and other expert panelists for a discussion about Melbourne’s resilient future. The city of Melbourne released its Resilience Strategy in June, 2016 and has been hard at work to put its resilience roadmap into action. Melbourne has been a successful example of how cities can institutionalize resilience, by catalyzing commitments and collaboration from across sectors and throughout its region.

Learn more about the Melbourne Conversations event and follow along @ResilientMelb@100ResCities, and #ResilientMelb.