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Western Sydney’s naturally hot climate is already being exacerbated by global climate change, and local urban heat islands. Future projections for more frequent and severe heat events will see widespread impacts on city systems and the people that depend on them.

The Heat Smart Resilience Framework (this document) sets out a pathway for improving management of extreme heat in Western Sydney, with a focus on building systems that support community resilience.

It starts by providing an overview of current heatwave arrangements in NSW, then proposes an integrated approach to heatwave management, and concludes by outlining opportunities for improving the way we manage future heatwaves.
The Framework is underpinned by a comprehensive gap analysis of heatwave management practices in Western Sydney.

The need for this Framework was identified as a priority action under the Turn Down the Heat Strategy and Action Plan (2018). The Turn Down the Heat Strategy was developed by 55 organisations working together to create cooler, more resilient communities.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) mission is to build collaboration between local governments across Greater Western Sydney, promoting Western Sydney, its people and places, through advocacy, business improvement, strategic leadership, research and partnerships. WSROC has facilitated the development of this Framework.

WSROC would like to particularly acknowledge the support of the Heat Smart Western Sydney project delivery group, consisting of Blacktown City Council, Cumberland City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Liverpool City Council, City of Parramatta Council, Penrith City Council and the Western Sydney Local Health District. We also thank Resilient Sydney, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District for their ongoing support.

Heat Smart Western Sydney has been funded under the State Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program.


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