Lord Mayors focus on 'urban resilience'

By The Mandarin

November 10, 2016

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors have prioritised big risks when it met this week with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Natural disasters, disease outbreaks and extremist acts cause acute shock, while chronic stresses like population growth and high unemployment can weaken the fabric of a city.

Citing Deloitte Access Economics estimates that the total annual economic cost of natural disasters in Australia will rise from $9 billion today to $33 billion each day by 2050, the CCCLM seeks greater investment in community resilience.

“Urban resilience is the critical capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kind of stresses and shocks they may experience,” said Darwin Lord Mayor and current CCCLM chair Katrina Fong Lim.

The CCCLM is also looking to work closely with the state/territory governments too.

“Smart cities are resilient cities — The key is to embed resilience planning into government decision‐making,” Fong Lim added.

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors represents the Lord Mayors and the ACT Chief Minister of the
cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

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