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Media Release: Resilient Cities Forum Planned For Parramatta

Efforts underway to make global Sydney a more resilient city will be outlined at a special forum at the Northcott Centre in Parramatta on Tuesday 15 March.

In 2015 Sydney was chosen to join the ‘100 Resilient Cities’ initiative (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, and Parramatta City Council partnered with the City of Sydney and NSW Minister for Planning, Rob Stokes to officially launch ‘Resilient Sydney’ last September. Takes a city

The initiative is aimed at addressing social, economic and environmental challenges facing global Sydney such as extreme weather events, critical infrastructure needs, affordable housing and future transport planning.

Tuesday’s forum will explain the work currently being done to make Sydney more resilient and examine the importance of resilience planning, and how it is being used around the world. Addresses will be delivered by Vice President of the 100RC initiative, Bryna Lipper, along with Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer, Beck Dawson.

“Resilience is an important issue for every city and being part of this global initiative enables Sydney to benefit from the experiences of other major international cities. There are a wide range of unique challenges we face here in Parramatta and across the Sydney metropolitan area and planning for resilience will enable us to be more proactive in addressing these challenges in the future,” Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Paul Garrard said.

The development of a Resilient Sydney Strategy is underway, beginning with the creation of a draft Preliminary Resilience Assessment.

The forum will finish with a 30 minute panel discussion featuring speakers, Bryna Lipper and Beck Dawson, along with Dr Andy Marks from Western Sydney University, Superintendent Wayne Cox from Parramatta Police, and Parramatta City Council’s Director of Strategic Outcome and Development, Sue Weatherley.