The actions in this strategy are all directly supported by Resilient Melbourne. While implementation of some actions will be led by the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office, others will be led by partners across community, academic and business sectors, as well as local and state government agencies.

By working together on these actions, partners will improve Melbourne’s collective resilience and will learn by doing; delivering tangible benefits for Melbourne’s communities while simultaneously generating new knowledge on how best to build resilience.

In developing this strategy, we have followed three guiding principles, agreed at the outset of our work: build on Melbourne’s existing structures and institutions; avoid duplication of effort and investment; and deliver tangible benefits to our communities. Although achieving our long-term objectives will require work over generations – thirty years or more – the actions in this strategy will bring real results starting today.

These actions are affordable, scalable, replicable and measurable. They will support our communities’ efforts to adapt to the accelerating changes we face, to survive no matter what shocks occur, and to confidently thrive, building a Melbourne that offers a higher quality of life to all of its citizens, now and for future generations.

Flagship Actions

Flagship actions are key initiatives with the potential for metropolitan-wide involvement and transformational outcomes.

We have identified three flagship actions. These have the potential to move us significantly towards achieving our vision of a more resilient Melbourne: viable, sustainable, liveable and prosperous, today and for the long term.

Across Melbourne, urban greening and revegetation projects are being undertaken by local councils, water authorities, community groups, and regional collaborations such as Greening the West. Victorian Government agencies such as DELWP and Parks Victoria also play key roles in this area.

This action will result in a metropolitan urban forest strategy for all of Melbourne. This strategy will enable all those currently involved, and others wanting to deliver urban greening projects in future, to understand how their efforts can best contribute to improving ecosystem health and services such as urban cooling and flood mitigation. It will achieve this by:

  • highlighting how and where existing initiatives can be expanded
  • enabling the sharing of resources and knowledge by linking together currently disparate efforts
  • providing councils better information about their existing tree canopy cover, making resources available for public and private entities
  • providing opportunities for utility providers and infrastructure owners to address implementation barriers and help make Melbourne greener and cooler.

Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Trimble

Supporting Actions

Supporting Actions are initiatives with the potential to improve Melbourne’s resilience on a range of scales – some may affect only a few council areas, while others could apply across the metropolitan area.

This action will develop guidance and decision-making tools to better enable councils to expand the use of water-sensitive urban design and integrated water management techniques that are suited to their local contexts. These will build upon approaches already being applied in many parts of Melbourne, and work in conjunction with water authorities, other infrastructure operators and DELWP, which is currently developing a new water plan for Victoria.

Additionally the action will develop a common language and framework across different levels of government, enabling more coordinated approaches to managing water in different regions and sub-catchment areas.

Local Aligned Actions

Existing initiatives that align with Resilient Melbourne principles and have the potential for further local government input.

In December 2015, the Australian Government released a National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy, which sets out how Australia is managing climate risks. It mentions Resilient Melbourne as a key project currently under way and notes that resilience-building can mean many things, such as limiting or removing human-caused pressures on natural systems (like land clearing or pollution), or giving vulnerable communities reliable access to information and essential services.

In addition to the work described in the actions, the Resilient Melbourne Delivery Office is now working with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to make sure we are consistent with Victoria’s emerging climate adaptation strategy.

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