Media Releases

17 September 2019

Discover how Willoughby will prepare to make local responses to global shocks and stresses

Willoughby City Council’s innovative new series of Community Information Seminars continues Monday 23 September in the Council Chambers. Willoughby locals can hear firsthand about how communities can better prepare for the shock, challenges emergencies of modern living.

Chaired by Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, the information seminars are an innovative new way for Council to engage with the community. They are a forum for people to hear about significant issues and projects and to ask questions.

The September seminar will feature a presentation by Kristin Gabriel, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney. She will talk about the Resilient Sydney program – a collaboration between governments, businesses and communities across Sydney to identify local responses to global and city challenges such as heatwaves, storms and cyber-attacks.

Ms Gabriel will reveal how the Resilient Sydney Strategy contains clear directions to address the key shocks and stresses that will impact our communities - through being community minded, adapting to climate change and being inclusive, united and prepared. She will also discuss what has already been done to build resilience.

The seminar will also lift the lid on Council’s Green City Plan in a presentation by David Roberts, Environment Manager, Willoughby City Council. Mr Roberts will share how Willoughby City Council will work over the next 10 years to enhance bushland, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support sustainable lifestyles and better manage waste.

A video of each presentation will be available to download from Council’s website for those who are unable to attend. The topic for each seminar will be announced on the Monday at least one week prior to the seminar. To receive updates on what will be covered sign up to Council’s e-newsletter or visit

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