Sydney’s resilience journey

Sydney is one of the most diverse cities in the world, with a population of nearly 5 million people and 200 vibrant cultures. While the metropolis is known for the beauty of its natural environment and outdoor lifestyle, Sydney is struggling to maintain its livability and equity during a time of rapid growth. Communities across Sydney have experienced a range of chronic stresses, including a lack of affordable housing, transport congestion, storms and flooding, bushfires, and cyber-attacks.

To become connected, inclusive, and resilient is a challenge that every major organization in Sydney must address together, to create a place of opportunity and well-being for all citizens.

Developed with input and insights from elders, community groups, government, and business representatives, the Resilient Sydney Strategy marks a new spirit of collaboration and connection across the city.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Beck Dawson

Chief Resilience Officer

Beck Dawson is the Chief Resilience Officer for metropolitan Sydney, hosted by the City of Sydney Council as part of R-Cities. Known as “the person paid to worry for Sydney,” Beck champions urban resilience and systems thinking for cities. Since 2015, Beck has led the development and implementation of the Resilient Sydney Strategy, working with governments, business, and the community to build collaboration and investment for a stronger, more connected, and more resilient city.

As a property sustainability expert, Dawson’s background is in long-term planning and investment in natural and built environments. She was previously the General Manager of Corporate Sustainability at Investa Property Group, and worked on resilience committees in the Australian property sector.

Beck holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture, a Graduate Diploma in Scientific Communication, and a BSc.

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