The municipality of Melbourne covers 37.5 square kilometers. The residential population of the city proper is only about 105,000. However, the metropolitan region is home to roughly 4 million people. Unlike many other cities around the world, Melbourne City Council has limited mayoral powers. Transport, energy and water systems are all managed by various government and non-governmental bodies. The city is located in a region prone to extreme weather events, is likely to experience significant climate change impacts and has many upstream dependencies. The city has undertaken significant work to enhance its resilience, including developing adaptation strategies and plans, establishing networks, developing emergency management plans and undertaking risk assessments. Despite progress, significant opportunities remain to enhance Melbourne’s resilience, particularly through more carefully coordinated efforts.

Resilience Challenges

  • Drought
  • Heat Wave
  • Rising Sea Level and Coastal Erosion

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Toby Kent has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors, and many other stakeholders on five continents.

Various achievements include: helping to guide the growth of Corporate Citizenship, one of the UK’s preeminent specialist Sustainability consultancies; leading PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability work with retail and consumer goods companies in the UK; and running PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining the City Of Melbourne, he worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.

Toby has a Masters degree in Urbanisation (Housing and Social Change) from the London School of Economics.

Snapshot of Melbourne

  • 105,381

    Population as of 2012

In The Media

Melbourne selected for IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Grant

Melbourne has been selected as one of 16 cities to receive help from a team of IBM experts, who will work with the City of Melbourne on data analysis to help the city make more informed decisions about managing and responding to extreme events.

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