The City of Ryde is developing a local Resilience Plan to strengthen the community in becoming more resilient to the many challenges that are presented from chronic stresses and acute shocks.
The work complements a regional collaborative project known as Resilient Sydney, part of 100 Resilient Cities which is a global initiative pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. This regional approach involves all 33 councils across the greater Sydney metropolitan region. Resilient Sydney received the Chief Commissioner's Award at the 2019 Greater Sydney Commission's Planning Awards.
Resilience is the capacity to withstand and recover quickly from difficulties. It means strengthening the ability to survive, adapt and thrive. Within the context of Ryde, it involves the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses, ecosystems and infrastructure to bounce back from hard times.
These difficulties fall into two main categories:
1. Longer term ongoing chronic stresses negatively affecting the City of Ryde that include:
- Climate change
- Housing affordability
- Risks from global or national economic downturn
- Transport congestion
- Food security
- Social isolation
- Lack of connectedness
- Mental health.
2. Major shocks and emergency situations that include:
- Infrastructure failures.
Why do we need a Resilience Plan?
A better prepared community and its stakeholders will help with its ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of such uncertainties.
If we know how to react, who to help and how to help, then we can work together to reduce the severity and negative impacts on the community. When a community, including local organisations and businesses, is well organised, cohesive and connected, it is stronger. The Resilience Plan will help identify actions to build this collective strength and work together through change.
How will the community be involved in the development of the Resilience Plan?
The preparation of this plan will include engagement with individuals, culturally diverse communities, local business and other organisations. Council staff will be undertaking a community engagement program to better understand awareness about resilience, levels of preparedness and priorities of people living, working and studying in the local government area, and to listen to their ideas.
For more information contact our Resource and Resilience officer.