28 Jun 2016
Resilient Melbourne Strategy Launch

Strategy launch

Adapt, survive, thrive, embed – these are the four focus areas that shape Australia’s first resilience strategy, Resilient Melbourne. Launched on June 1 at an event attended by 200 representatives from Melbourne’s local and state government, not-for-profit, private and university sectors, this strategic plan offers a new way of addressing the chronic stresses and acute shocks that we, as a city, are likely to experience.

UN Global Compact – Cities Programme Chair Michael Nolan attended and supported the event with a stall on the Cities Programme and showcased projects that are enhancing the resilience of Melbourne. Michael Nolan and Cities Programme Director Professor Ralph Horne were on the Resilience Strategy Advisory Board. Michael reflects on this experience, “This strategy has reached far and wide across Melbourne to create a collective vision for resilience in Melbourne. The projects and efforts that are now woven together make a more cohesive, stronger and connected Melbourne.”

Groups involved

Also featured on the list of official speakers and guest panelists were: City Of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, 100 Resilient Cities Vice President Bryna Lipper, Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer Toby Kent, Beck Dawson, Chief Resilience Officer from Sydney and Councillor Arron Wood.

This collaborative effort marks a significant milestone for Greater Melbourne, making it the first time in 180 years where all metropolitan councils have come together to determine a collective approach to managing our city to prepare for our shared future.

The future of Melbourne

Resilient Melbourne marks an important point in Melbourne’s development. Its goal is to achieve the vision of a city that is viable, sustainable, liveable and prosperous, today and long into the future. Resilient Melbourne reminds us of what lies at the heart of our cities – people.

Led by the Chief Resilience Officer Toby Kent and funded by the 100 Resilient Cities initiative (pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation), the strategy is a result of the work committed by 1,000 individuals from 230 organisations, Melbourne’s 32 metropolitan councils and many Victorian Government Departments.

The strategy

The strategy highlights particular Flagship, Supporting and Aligned Actions as well as major Platform Partners and the four focus areas, aforementioned:

  • Adapt – reduce exposure to future shocks and stresses;
  • Survive – withstand disruptions and bounce back better than before;
  • Thrive – significantly improve people’s quality of life; and
  • Embed – build resilience thinking into our institutions and ways of working.

The 33 strategy actions will be implemented in partnership with many organisations, facilitated by the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office. Organisations such as The Nature Conservancy will develop the Metropolitan Urban Forest Strategy. The Nature Conservancy is a 100 Resilient Cities Platform Partner, whose services will be provided in-kind as one of the benefits in participating in this global program.

The release of the Resilient Melbourne was timely, coinciding with the announcement of 37 additional cities around the world joining the 100 Resilient Cities network: news that signifies the beginning of these cities taking action to develop their own resilience strategies.

The Cities Programme is proud to be a partner in supporting the delivery of the Resilient Melbourne Strategy. The Ten Principles of the Global Compact address the stressors that constrain resilience. With our continual focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, the resilience of cities and communities is critical.