Friday, 01 April 2016 06:26

Building a resilient Western Sydney

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The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) attended the Resilient Sydney forum at North Parramatta this month.

100 Resilient Cities is an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation that aims to increase the capacity of cities to adapt to the physical, social and economic stresses that are a growing
part of the 21st century.

This includes chronic stresses related to public health and traffic congestion, as well as sudden shocks such as natural disasters and terror attacks.

The Resilient Cities forum was hosted by program partner, Parramatta City Council, and Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer Beck Dawson.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Sydney’s resilience as a city has great implications for the WSROC region.”

“Many resilience issues such as our capacity to respond to heatwaves, bushfires and floods, regional transport congestion and well-equipped local health services affect Western Sydney residents more acutely than those in inner-Sydney,” said Cllr Hadchiti. “Ms Dawson will be meeting with WSROC councils individually over the coming months to discuss the Resilient Sydney initiative in more depth,” he said.

According to the Resilient Cities Framework a resilient city is one that:

  • Meets basic needs
  • Supports livelihoods and employment
  • Ensures public health services
  • Promotes cohesive and engaged communities
  • Ensures social stability, security and justice
  • Fosters economic prosperity
  • Maintains and enhances protective natural and manmade assets
  • Ensures continuity of critical services
  • Provides reliable communication and mobility
  • Promotes leadership and effective management
  • Empowers a broad range of stakeholders
  • Fosters long-term and integrated planning.

To learn more contact WSROC CEO, Charles Casuscelli, on 02 9671 4333.

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