Disasters are expected to become more difficult to manage and communities that are well prepared and connected, are known to be more resilient during these unpredictable events.
The City of Melbourne is working on a four-year project called Prepare Melbourne, to ‘engage and prepare residents and communities to enhance their resilience to hazards, disasters and the health impacts of climate change’.
To better understand the physical and social vulnerabilities our communities face to disasters and how we can build a more resilient community, we are meeting and working with our neighbourhoods.
We have completed Community Resilience Assessments in Southbank, Kensington and Carlton. Find out what we heard.
Based on what we’ve learned, we are now conducting assessments in Docklands and North and West Melbourne, and are looking for community members to participate - get involved and help your neighbourhood be better prepared for disasters.
In recent times our neighbourhoods have experienced flooding, extreme heat days, as well as the impacts of the pandemic.
Our Municipal Emergency Management Plan further outlines some of the disasters that could impact the City of Melbourne. In addition, climate change projections indicate the following possible events:
- increase in hot days >35C to 12 per year by 2030
- increase in sea level rise by 0.11 metres by 2030
- decrease in total annual rainfall to 545 mm by 2030
- increase in very windy days >30km/hr to 4.5 days by 2030
- increase in very high fire danger days to 20 days per year by 2030.
Data is sourced from Energy Sector Climate Information.
Knowing our neighbours, looking out for each other and being better prepared for the unexpected, can make our days more enjoyable and can save lives in a disaster.
Follow this page and help build community resilience in your neighbourhood.
- Complete the survey below for North and West Melbourne and Docklands.
Timeline item 1 - complete
Project methodology and data collation
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Southbank public survey open
31 October to 19 December 2022
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Southbank community focus groups
8 and 29 November 2022
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Report of Southbank Community Resilience Assessment
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Carlton and Kensington public survey open
3 March to 23 May 2023
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Kensington community focus groups
March to April 2023
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Carlton community focus groups
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May to August 2023
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Report on pilot Community Resilience Assessments for Southbank, Carlton and Kensington
Timeline item 11 - active
18 August to 15 October 2023
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North and West Melbourne and Docklands EOI open
August to 18 September 2023
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North and West Melbourne focus group
26 September 2023
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Docklands community focus group
5 October 2023
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Report on Community Resilience Assessments for North and West Melbourne and Docklands
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Community Resillience Assessments inform Council initaitives to support community resillience