With its beautiful landmarks, large immigrant population, and bustling economy, Sydney is thriving, the heart of a metropolitan area with a population over 4,600,000. But as the city continues to grow, its aging and sometimes obsolete utilities infrastructure will become ever more serious. This has been particularly problematic in relation to its power grid; older energy sources are more polluting and many are nearing retirement. And while greener options are becoming more available, the distribution network needs to be expanded and prices are expected to rise to cover investment in upgrades.

Officials have recently undertaken a risk assessment to respond to the increasing frequency of heat waves They are thinking about how to alleviate the magnified impact of concurrent problems, such as power disruption, public health needs, and lost productivity during such disasters. The city has had success with proactive engagement in other areas, such as planning to develop a world-class transportation system focused on public transport access and developing a decentralized water management plan to avert flood risk.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Sea Level Rise / Coastal Erosion
  • Terrorist Attack

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Sydney's CRO

Beck Dawson is Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer, hosted by the City of Sydney Council. Beck will lead in developing and implementing the Resilient Sydney Strategy across all of metropolitan Sydney.

As a property sustainability expert, Beck has a background is in long-term planning and investment in the natural and urban built environments. She was General Manager Corporate Sustainability at Investa Property Group and worked on leading Australian property sector committees. She was also Sustainability Manager for the Science Museum in London and a consultant to UK business and industry.

Beck holds a Masters in Sustainable Architecture, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication and a Bachelor of Science.

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