Tuesday, 28 February 2017 14:07

Turning down the heat together

Turn down the heat initiative. Turn down the heat initiative.

With another month of record heat in February, the Western Sydney Turn down the heat forum could not come soon enough.

Turn down the heat will bring together key stakeholders from across Western Sydney to discuss how we can collectively prevent and mitigate urban heat in our rapidly growing region.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This year’s heatwave has highlighted for many the pressure extreme heat events place on health, the environment and urban infrastructure.

“We saw the impact of heat on our energy grid, train lines and motorways.

“Heat also has obvious impacts to health: impacting sleep, reducing productivity, and triggering medical conditions that increase hospitalisation rates.

“As individuals we feel the economic impact when energy bills go up, cars break down and air-conditioning units fail.

“These impacts are worst for our vulnerable communities, those who can’t afford air-conditioning, have pre-existing medical conditions, the young and the elderly.

“Western Sydney has a completely different climate to Eastern Sydney. We need a coordinated approach to tackling heat across all levels and sectors of government, and that is what WSROC will strive to facilitate.

“The response to this forum has been overwhelming,” said Cr Bali.

“There are so many organisations out there (both public and private) who are looking at how they can contribute to a cooler, more liveable Western Sydney.

“We want to harness this energy to develop a coordinated approach towards mitigating and managing urban heat in future,” he said.

Speakers will include Environment Commissioner Rod Simpson, Sydney's Chief Resilience Officer Beck Dawson, Centre for Western Sydney Director Professor Phillip O’Neill, and Director Western Sydney Local Health District Centre for Population Health, Mr Stephen Corbett.


Event partners:

WSROC, Blacktown City Council, City of Parramatta, Cumberland Council, Penrith City Council, Liverpool City Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown, Western Sydney University, Greater Sydney Commission, Resilient Sydney, Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts.


Related content:

WSROC news story: Turning down the heat together (28 February, 2017)

WSROC media release: Scorching summer calls for heat-safe planning (1 February, 2017)

Focus on: Cool Streets Blacktown (19 December, 2016)

West recognised for environmental excellence (16 December, 2016)

WSROC media release: WSROC welcomes federal action on urban heat (22 January, 2016)

WSROC media release: Concrete jungle brings sizzle to the suburbs (14 January, 2016)


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