Emergency sign outside a Western Sydney hospital


A resilience approach involves not only reducing urban heat, but also helping people adapt, and being prepared to respond in extreme events.


Heat Smart Western Sydney looks at what processes and structures are needed for the city to respond to extreme and emergency events with a focus on how we can support our most vulnerable. 


By assessing our current approach to heatwave management, Heat Smart seeks to co-design a Heatwave Resilience Framework that outlines an improved approach to heatwave management. To ensure vulnerable communities and frontline staff have the knowledge and tools needed to successfully manage heat risks, a range of resources will be developed and piloted across 21 workshops.


Strategy actions: 11. Preventative heat response framework, 12. Urban heat community engagement strategy


Project timeframe: 2020 - 2021


Project partners: WSROC (lead), Western Sydney Local Health District, Blacktown, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith City Councils.


Contact: Kelly Gee, Policy and Projects Officer, 02 9671 4333



Heat Smart is funded under the State Government Natural Disaster Resilience Program.



Heat Smart Resilience Framework






Heat Smart resources

The Heat Smart Western Sydney program has developed a suite of resources to asssist local organisations and communities be better prepared for heatwaves and extreme heat.



Heat Smart Organisation Toolkit




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Heat Smart: Be safe during extreme heat

Heat Smart: Keep babies and children safe

Heat Smart: 10 tips for a cooler home