About the Resilient Communities Action
Resilient Melbourne is working in partnership to plan strong, connected and resilient communities at five residential development sites in Metropolitan Melbourne.
The aim is to test the idea that involving residents in shaping their buildings and neighbourhoods can lead to stronger levels of community cohesion and resilience.
The Resilient Communities Action is aligned with the objective of Plan Melbourne 2017-2050 to foster ‘inclusive, vibrant and healthy communities’ through participatory development.
The five development sites are:
- Assemble in Kensington
- Beveridge North West precinct
- Mambourin in Wyndham Vale
- Olivine in Donnybrook
- Urban Coup ‘Near and Tall’ in Brunswick
Each of the five sites presents an example of innovation in conventional urban infill and greenfield planning and housing development models, all with the objective of establishing strong community connections and community-level resilience.
A consortium of academics from multiple institutions are conducting research about the Resilient Communities sites to understand and capture lessons from the participatory development models, testing the hypothesis that: engaging future residents in new development sites encourages stronger communities and better resilience outcomes.
Findings of ongoing and future research at the Resilient Communities sites is expected to contribute to new knowledge and insights about the relationship between community engagement, social cohesion and resilience and inform improved planning in new developments.
Resilient Melbourne recently commissioned the University of Melbourne to research connections between participatory planning and social cohesion. The report, highlights that the value of participatory planning is well-documented, as is the importance of social cohesion in increasing community resilience. The research suggests that the Resilient Communities projects will provide important local case studies to draw connections between participatory development and social cohesion in residential neighbourhoods.
Download the University of Melbourne report here