Resilient Melbourne and the Thriving Communities Partnership join forces


Media Release: 11 December 2017

The Thriving Communities Partnership (TCP) and Resilient Melbourne have formed a strategic alliance to improve Melbourne’s resilience by supporting individuals and families experiencing vulnerability and hardship.

Bringing together these two complimentary networks forges vital connections between businesses, the community sector, government and Melbourne’s metropolitan councils — building a new collaboration to collectively tackle the root causes of vulnerability and hardship.

Ciara Sterling, Head of the Thriving Communities Partnership and Yarra Valley Water’s Head of Social Inclusion, said that the alliance brings together over 140 organisations from the TCP with the 32 councils across the Resilient Melbourne network, to help build thriving and resilient communities prepared to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century, and to strengthen the businesses that both support them, and of which they are a part.

“Councils are a trusted service to the community and bring deep experience about current and emerging risks and vulnerabilities in the communities they serve. Our partnership with Resilient Melbourne involves Councils in the conversation about how best to collaborate on these issues and provides access to their knowledge, insight and community connection.

“The Thriving Communities Partnership and the Resilient Melbourne collaboration are both action-oriented initiatives that recognise that no one organisation can solve widespread community issues. It takes a connected partnership approach across sectors to create a vision for the liveable and prosperous cities of the future.

“Council staff are at the frontline and a critical part of the fabric of the community. Through their connection with community, Councils can provide important reciprocal cross-referral to members of the Thriving Communities Partnership to ensure that individuals and families have fair access to the modern essential services they need to thrive,” said Ms. Sterling.

Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer Resilient Melbourne, said the partnership was an opportunity to work in new collaborative ways to tackle the critical issues of vulnerability, hardship and inclusion.

“Resilient Melbourne is proud to collaborate with the Thriving Communities Partnership. Today, the scale and pace of demographic change in Melbourne are unprecedented. We are a proudly diverse city, with a growing population, but with these changes come increasing complexity and uncertainty.

“Our approach is centered on the strengths of our diverse communities, supporting and enabling them to adapt to accelerating change and the associated shocks and stresses, to survive and thrive no matter what challenges we face.”

ABOUT THE THRIVING COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP: The TCP is a cross-sector collaboration ensuring that everybody has fair access to the modern essential services they need to thrive in contemporary Australia: including utilities, financial services, telecommunications and transport. Currently hosted by Yarra Valley Water, The TCP represents the first initiative of its kind to bring together ASX listed businesses, government and community organisations to tackle vulnerability on a national scale.

ABOUT RESILIENT MELBOURNE:  Resilient Melbourne is a metropolitan-wide initiative led by 32 metropolitan councils, with support from the Victorian Government and a wide variety of stakeholders and industry partners, all working collectively to embed resilience practice across Melbourne.  Resilient Melbourne is part of the 100 Resilient Cities network — a global initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, which helps cities prepare for change and to withstand the acute shocks and chronic stresses of the 21st century.

Media Contact: Matt Balfe, Thriving Communities Engagement Manager
Phone: 98721633

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