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Resilient Sydney

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Resilient Sydney is dedicated to identifying stresses and incorporating actions to ensure that all of Greater Sydney is resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

About Resilient Sydney

In 2014, Sydney was chosen, through a competitive global process, to join the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. This innovative project develops strategies to help cities survive, adapt and thrive as we face the challenges of the future.

Resilient Sydney aims to ensure that Sydney has urban resilience. Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks it experiences.

Sydney receives support and resources from 100 Resilient Cities to develop and implement a strategy for the metropolitan area.

To develop this strategy, a steering committee was established – Campbelltown City Council’s General Manager represents the south west Sydney district on the steering committee.

The Resilient Sydney strategy

The strategy was launched on 23 July, 2018 by Sydney's 33 metropolitan councils.

It is the first resilience strategy for metropolitan Sydney which calls for business, government, academia, communities and individuals to lead and work as one city.  Resilient Sydney which was developed by all 33 metropolitan councils in consultation with over 1,000 residents and 100 businesses and government organisations marks a new spirit of collaboration and connection in the city and is the result of two years of effort across Sydney.  Resilient Sydney lays out a set of tangible actions the city can take to build resilience and strengthen the city’s ability to survive and thrive through major shocks and chronic stresses.

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


  • People-centred: We include communities in decision making for growth and equity

    • 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.

  • Live with the climate: We adapt to sustain our quality of life and our environment

    • 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. 

  • Connect for strength: Every Sydneysider will feel they belong in Sydney as part of the community.

    • 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

  • Get ready: We know how to prepare, respond and recover

    • 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.

  • One city: We are one city

    • Flagship action: Engage 100 organisations 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.

 For further information, please visit www.resilientsydney.com.au

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