Melbourne, Australia – Today, Melbourne and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) unveiled Resilient Melbourne, a new approach to address the city’s most pressing and interconnected challenges. Challenges that weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis, including sea level rise, increasing pressures on healthcare services, unemployment, and deeper social inequality.
Key Partners include 100 Resilient Cities’ Platform Partners The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Citymart and the (Australian) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), as well as local partners, such as Emergency Management Victoria (EMV).
EMV’s flagship action is to empower communities to take active responsibility for their own and each other’s well-being, safety and health, where the Metropolitan Urban Forest Strategy will link existing urban greening and reforestation across Melbourne, designing nature initiatives to improve wellbeing and reduce hazards such as heatwaves and flooding.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – James Fitzsimons Director of Conservation (Australia Program): “As global Platform Partners of the 100 Resilient Cities program, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will apply its expertise in mapping and evidence based biodiversity planning to develop a metropolitan wide urban forest strategy for metropolitan Melbourne in collaboration with Resilient Melbourne.”
The Metropolitan Cycling Network is another strategy action which will be achieved by collaborating with citizens and Victoria’s main transport bodies to establish a metropolitan bicycle path network, to help make cycling a safer and more practical alternative to car travel.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle released Resilient Melbourne today with 100RC Vice President For City Relationships Bryna Lipper, Ben Rimmer, CEO of City of Melbourne, Geoff Lawler, Director of City Operations for City of Melbourne and Toby Kent, who has served as the city’s Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) since the city entered the 100RC network in 2015.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the Resilient Melbourne Strategy was the result of extensive collaboration between all metropolitan councils, led by Chief Resilience Officer Toby Kent.
“By 2051, it’s expected that Melbourne will be Australia’s largest city with a population of 7.7 million people,” the Lord Mayor said.
“To maintain our status as the world’s most liveable city, we must be smart about how we prepare for this growth as well as major shocks and stresses, including natural disasters.
“The Resilient Melbourne Strategy is the first time in our history that metropolitan councils have united on a project to ensure the sustainability, liveability and future prosperity of Melbourne.
“We are stronger and more resilient when we work together. This strategy sets out long-term objectives and immediate actions that councils, organisations and communities can take to build a Melbourne that can continue to thrive.”
To jumpstart implementation of Resilient Melbourne, the Lord Mayor today also signed the 10% Resilience Pledge, another initiative led by 100RC. The 10% Pledge was endorsed by the City of Melbourne’s Council on 17 May 2016, along with the strategy. Melbourne now joins 22 other cities, including Mexico City, Mexico; Paris, France; and New Orleans, Louisiana in pledging 10% of their city’s budget to resilience-building initiatives and activities.
In addition, owing to the innovative approaches being taken in Melbourne, 100 Resilient Cities is also challenging Melbourne’s philanthropic and private sectors to contribute to implementing actions in the strategy. 100 Resilient Cities will commit to investing $USD50,000 towards a specific project should local actors raise at least four times that amount within 90 days of the official opening of the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office. This demonstrates a commitment to developing not only a robust plan but executing on the work in the immediate and long terms.
Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer, Melbourne: “Resilient Melbourne marks an important point in Melbourne’s development. It presents the first of our city’s resilience strategies: a starting point that brings together individuals and organisations critical to the resilience of Melbourne and our diverse communities. It offers a new way to deal with the chronic stresses and acute shocks we are likely to experience, and to achieve our vision of a city that is viable, sustainable, livable and prosperous.”
“100RC has played a fundamental role in enabling this work to happen, inspiring the collaboration that has been taken up across our metropolitan city.”
Bryna Lipper, Senior Vice-President City and Practice Management: “We have been impressed at the way that Melbourne’s councils have collaborated across the metropolitan area particularly, as urban risks do not respect political boundaries. Melbourne have also worked closely with civil society and the private sector to develop this integrated strategy. With this strong coalition of partners and roadmap for action, we are confident Melbourne will become a global leader in demonstrating resilience in practice.”
Description of Melbourne Strategy
The Resilient Melbourne Strategy is a true reflection of collaboration – it is the result of the work of more than 1,000 individuals from 230 organisations, Melbourne’s 32 local councils, and many Victorian Government departments. The Strategy draws on the strengths of Melbourne’s diverse communities and geographies, to pursue the shared interests, embrace differences and to overall, be stronger together.
Resilient Melbourne was developed in partnership with the public, private and nonprofit sector, along with local community leaders and stakeholders. It comes with commitments for implementation from 100RC Platform Partners, as well as additional commitments from other local and national philanthropic organizations. The City will also have continuing access to a $200 million-plus pool of tools and services from the 100RC Network and platform partners.
In 2014, Melbourne was one of the first cities selected, from a pool of approximately 330 applicants, to join the 100RC network. The 100RC network also includes a diverse group of global cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Paris, Rotterdam, Bangkok, and Accra, and has received over 1,000 applications since its inception.
The full Resilient Melbourne strategy is available here.
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.