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Resilient Sydney is a collaboration of all 33 metropolitan councils of Greater Sydney to develop and implement a new city-wide resilience strategy, building on Resilient Sydney Strategy 2018.

The program began in 2015 and has been governed by a metropolitan steering committee of representatives from local governments, NSW Government, business and the community sector.

Help develop a new Resilience Strategy for Sydney

Building on the success of the current Strategy, the Resilient Sydney Office is working on a new strategy for Sydney that aims to strengthen our city resilience. Over the next year, they will talk to communities and stakeholders to identify actions where we can work together to strengthen the resilience of Greater Sydney.

Your feedback will be used to develop projects with different levels of government to build resilience and get better results for our community.

Get involved and tell Resilient Sydney what you think

What is city resilience?

City resilience is the capacity of people, communities, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of chronic stresses (e.g. rising inequity, family violence) and acute shocks (e.g. heatwaves, floods) they experience.

There are 3 drivers shaping human communities today and our future relies on resilient cities.

  1. Urbanisation – By 2050, the global population is projected to be 9.7 billion and 70% of those people will live in urban centers.
  2. Globalisation – We increasingly rely on global connections to supply our cities. This makes us vulnerable.
  3. Climate change – The impact of climate change on communities, economies and the environment is increasing. We need to be prepared.

Resilient cities can withstand and better recover from shocks and stresses. They emerge stronger after tough times and are better places to live in good times.

Why we need a new resilience strategy

Top shock events identified in the Resilient Sydney strategy 2018 have occurred in the past 5 years. Sydney has experienced significant floods, fires, heatwaves, droughts, infrastructure failures, cyberattacks and a global pandemic.

Many of the actions in the first strategy have been implemented. There is an increasing need to respond to how climate change is impacting Sydney’s economy, communities and environment.