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What are resilient cities?

City resilience is the capacity of people, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within a city to prepare, recover and adapt to shocks and stresses.

What are shocks?

Acute shocks are sudden, disruptive events. Examples of shocks include climate events (heatwaves, floods, bushfires), disease outbreaks and cyber-attacks.

What are stresses?

Chronic stresses are longer-term, chronic trends that make it harder for people to cope during emergencies. Examples of stresses include financial and/or housing pressures, lack of transport options and social isolation.

This project

Council has prepared a Resilient CBCity Strategic Plan which provides a framework for supporting and creating a more resilient City. The Strategic Plan presents 5 Directions that will guide our approach to building and strengthening the resilience of Council and our community.

Extensive community engagement was conducted in 2021 to inform the Strategic Plan. The timing of the engagement sessions, during a COVID19 lockdown, meant that the challenges of the pandemic were front of mind for many people. Despite these challenges, our community identified strengths in our diversity, and our local networks and community organisations.

Here are some examples of what you told us during the initial community consultation:

Next steps

Council is currently preparing an Action Plan to guide us in accomplishing the vision and Directions set out in the Resilient CBCity Strategic Plan. We are reaching out to the community again to see if anything has changed and to make sure our action plan aligns with your needs.

If you would like to help us shape the action plan and improve CBCity’s resilience, please click on the link for Stage 3: Resilient CBCity Action Plan Consultation below.


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Initial Community Consultation

    14 June 2021 - 9 September 2021: Initial community consultation conducted to help inform the development of the strategy.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Development and review

    Development of the strategy. Exhibition of the draft strategy for review and feedback.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Exhibition of the draft strategy

    14 March 2023 - 16 April 2023: Exhibition of the final strategy is open for contributions.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Council adoption

    23 May 2023: Resilient CBCity Strategic Plan adopted by Council. See Agenda/Minutes, Item 6.1.

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Resilient CBCity Action Plan Consultation

    Thursday 25 January 2024 - Tuesday 30 April 2024

    This consultation is open for contributions.

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Draft Resilient CBCity Action Plan

Who's listening

If you have questions or want to learn more about the project, please contact the Council officers listed below.

In writing

By post to Mr Matthew Stewart, CEO, City of Canterbury Bankstown PO Box 8, Bankstown NSW 1885



Environmental Projects Officer

The City of Canterbury Bankstown
Phone: 02 9707 9012



Community Engagement Officer

The City of Canterbury Bankstown
Phone: 9707 9578

CBCity 2028 Destinations

Here's how this projects helps to deliver our Community Strategic Plan.
Clean and Green

Clean and Green

A clean and sustainable city with healthy waterways and natural areas.

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Safe and Strong

Safe and Strong

A proud inclusive community that unites, celebrates and cares.

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The City of Canterbury Bankstown acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies of Canterbury-Bankstown, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our CBCity community.

Contact us

Our friendly Customer Service Call Centre is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm to assist with all enquiries.

Phone 9707 9000

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