Challenges to Melbourne’s Resilience
The PREPARE research group together with the Planning Institute of Australia (Victoria) present this series of three seminars on the role of planning in working towards a resilient built environment. This brings together a range of critical concerns such as disaster resilience, social equity, climate change adaptation and urban change. We aim to inform, provoke and apply resilience ideas while engaging with the challenges, possibilities and implications for the urban planning and related professions. Ideas and discussion will culminate in a joint policy statement, contribute to growing cross-disciplinary resilience capacity and identify next steps.
#1 Challenges to Melbourne’s Resilience
This first talk deals with fundamental information about resilience and sets the current context & trajectory of change in Melbourne to establish challenges, gaps and opportunities relating to resilience.
A/Prof Alan March is Associate Dean (under-graduate), and Director of Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Design, School of Design. Alan’s publications and research include examination of the practical governance mechanisms of planning and urban design, and the ways that planning systems can successfully manage change and transition as circumstances change, especially in relation to emergencies and establishing resilience.
Toby Kent is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Melbourne. His role involves working across Melbourne’s metropolitan region to develop and implement a resilience strategy that will see Melbourne better prepared to manage the chronic stresses and acute shocks that Melbourne will have to tackle, today and in the years ahead. The role was instigated by Melbourne’s being selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century.
Lew Short is the General Manager of Risk, Consequence and Resilience at Emergency Management Victoria (EMV). He has extensive experience in government and the emergency management sectors, and took a leading role in State level strategy and planning for bushfire in New South Wales Rural Fire Service. In Victoria, he has led the development of a Community Resilience Framework for Emergencies to build safer and more resilient communities. Lew is recognised as one of the country’s leading experts in planning and building in bush fire prone areas, building resilience from disasters and consequence management.
Terry Rawnsley is a renowned economist and National Leader at SGS for Economic and Social Analysis. He provides advice to all tiers of government, not for profit organisations and the private sector. He is Australia’s leading thinker on the link between the urban productivity and the macroeconomy and is a regular media commentator on the functioning of our cities and regions. His experience also includes public policy development, economic modelling, examining social exclusion, strategy development, detailed economic appraisal and statistical analysis.
PIA MEMBERS: PD POINTS
PIA members can register to receive PD points for attending this event: www.planning.org.au/events/event/pia-prepare-resilience-series-talk-1-challenges-to-melbournes-resilience
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