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Sustainability Talks: Urban Resilience

Join us for a program of talks by expert speakers about Urban Resilience. Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of stresses and shocks they experience.

Featuring presentations by:

Ed Blakely 

Director of Recovery in New Orleans after Katrina Disaster (2007-2009)
Ed led the recovery mission in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. He received an award from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency for his leadership and collaborative team building in the US' largest recovery effort.

Kristin Gabriel

Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities
Kristin Gabriel is the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer for metropolitan Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney Council as part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Kristin has over 15 years of experience of stakeholder engagement with business, government and communities for strategic policy and infrastructure projects in local government. For the past two and a half years she has been engaging across metropolitan Sydney to develop the Resilient Sydney Strategy to ensure all our communities are inclusive, connected and prepared for disaster and disruption.

David Webber

Senior Community Engagement Officer, State Emergency Service 
David has been working at the NSW SES in the community engagement team for 15 years. He is responsible for leading a cohort of Engagement Coordinators and volunteers to deliver innovative community engagement programs with their local communities, to increase resilience during flood, storm and tsunami.

Kylie McMahon 

Senior Coordinator Environment, City of Ryde
Kylie has been working with the City of Ryde for over 6 years and within the Sustainability and Environmental Management field for over 10 years. She heads up the Environment Team for the City delivering programs and projects across a broad array of environmental issues including resilience. She is the 100 Resilient Cities Sydney Ambassador representing Ryde since the inception of the program in Sydney over 3 years ago.


There are many different ways to get to Macquarie University. We encourage people to use sustainable methods of travel where possible. There are regular train and bus services extending to areas right across Sydney. If you live within a few kilometres of the campus, cycling and walking are the most healthy, convenient and cheapest ways to travel to Uni. If you drive, then why not consider carpooling or mixing your travel modes for part of the journey? For more details visit the Macquarie University website.

A free parking pass will be emailed to those who register for the event.


Date & Time

Tuesday 14 August 2018 / 6.30PM - 8.30PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222


Free. Bookings essential.

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Level 8, Building E7A, 12 Wally’s Walk, Macquarie Park New South Wales 2113

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Level 8, Building E7A, 12 Wally’s Walk, Macquarie Park 2113

Last updated on 30 July 2018