The City of Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer has completed an Australian-first assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing Melbourne to inform a metropolitan-wide resilience strategy.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said Chief Resilience Officer Toby Kent has been working with 31 metropolitan councils and State Government agencies over the past six months to develop the assessment.
“Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city. In order to maintain that liveability we must be prepared and able to respond to the challenges of a changing climate, rapid population growth and increasing urban pressures,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative is funding the Chief Resilience Officer’s two-year tenure at the City of Melbourne.
“The City of Melbourne was one of the first 32 cities invited to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge in 2013, from 400 cities that applied.”
The Preliminary Resilience Assessment is the foundation for a city resilience plan that will strengthen Melbourne’s ability to identify and manage shocks, including natural and man-made disasters, as well as social and economic stresses.
The assessment was developed in consultation with leaders in local, State and Federal Government, academia, emergency management, environment and the community and health sectors.
Last night, the Future Melbourne Committee endorsed the assessment on behalf of the 31 Local Government Areas that make up metropolitan Melbourne.
The assessment identifies and recommends further work in five focus areas:
A stronger society
A better connected society
A competitive metropolis
A healthier environment
Integrated plans and actions.
Councillor Arron Wood, Chair of the City of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, said the challenges identified by the Councils will be exacerbated by climate change.
“Within decades Melbourne is predicted to be experiencing more than double the number of heat waves, which will have significant economic, health and social impacts,” Cr Wood said.
“We know that Melbournians band together in emergencies such as bushfires and floods, but resilience is about working together to strengthen our city when times are good.”
A resilience steering committee has been established to oversee the development of the Melbourne Resilience Strategy, which will be delivered in 2016.
For more information visit: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutMelbourne/Resilient_Cities/Pages/ResilientCities.aspx