Summarising all engagement feedback

developing the draft Resilience Strategy

Over the past few of years, the resilience of our Country has been put to the test on multiple fronts as a result of fires, storms, floods and the COVID pandemic.

We are developing a resilience strategy 'Resilient Northern Beaches' that will continue to build the collective resilience of our community from impacts such as natural disasters, climate change, economic downturn and critical infrastructure failure.

The strategy aims to prepare and strengthen our community by enabling us to withstand, adapt and transform in the face of adversity.

To ensure the strategy reflects the strengths of our community and identifies opportunities to overcome our vulnerabilities, we asked you - our community to be involved.

Thank you to everyone who recently attended our Strategic Reference Group workshop, completed our surveys or attended one of our four community and business focus groups. The results of these engagement activities are now being summarised and are directly informing the development of the draft strategy which is due to go on public exhibition later this year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, businesses and systems to survive, adapt and thrive no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Resilience can mean a variety of things to different people, so we want to hear from you what a Resilient Northern Beaches looks like.

  • Natural hazards are becoming more frequent and/or intense.
  • Infrastructure, essential services and systems are interconnected and interdependent.
  • People and assets can be exposed and vulnerable.
  • The impacts from disasters can be long term and complex.
  • The costs of disasters are increasing.

A resilient community is one where:

  • the community is cohesive, connected and engaged
  • it is prepared for any shocks and stresses and recovers rapidly following a crisis event
  • critical infrastructure and assets are protected and continue to function in the face of all hazards
  • our most vulnerable people and communities are supported
  • it works in partnership to strengthen our collective resilience
  • communities, governments and other organisations embed resilience outcomes when developing core services, products and policies
  • land use planning and building controls reduce community exposure to risks from known hazards, and suitable arrangements are implemented to protect life, property and the environment.

Have an enquiry?

Name Ben Fallowfield
Phone 1300 434 434
Email resilience@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au
Image in banner courtesy of Ben Shepherd, NSW Rural Fire Service.