Taking action with The Resilience Collective in Melbourne


As part of the 100 Resilient Cities project, Cardno has recently been invited to contribute to the development and realisation of actions and initiatives to make cities like Melbourne, one of the 100 cities in the 100 Resilient Cities movement, more sustainable and more resilient to sudden shocks (such as the recent flood events in Melbourne, for example) and longer-term stresses.

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), helps cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Resilient Melbourne is operated by the City of Melbourne in collaboration with metropolitan councils and associated partners. Resilient Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer, Toby Kent and Maree Grenfell, Resilient Melbourne Networks and Learning Manager recently gathered a group of like-minded leaders, thinkers and doers to form The Resilience Collective – a network of people inspired and motivated to tackle resilience challenges creatively.

We are honoured to be given the opportunity to provide Cardno knowledge and expertise to some transformational projects. This includes sharing our water and wastewater resilience knowledge attained through working closely with Wellington Water and Resilient Wellington in New Zealand.

Nicole Neal, APAC Environment and Sustainability Director, represents Cardno in The Resilience Collective. “We are thrilled to be invited to actively contribute to creating resilient and sustainable communities and infrastructure,” said Nicole.

“These initiatives are local to Melbourne and Victoria, but the implications of the actions of this group could be national or international.”

“One of the objectives of the Collective is to ‘apply new ways of thinking to complex urban challenges and facilitate the design of shared solutions’,” said Nicole. “I’m excited that Cardno’s strong technical experts in environmental science, water resources and sustainability will be beneficial to realising these solutions, as will our project delivery knowledge, to help implement them.”

Melbourne is just one of 23 Asia Pacific cities on the 100 Resilient Cities list.

For more information, visit:

100 Resilient Cities

Resilient Melbourne

Nicole Neal
APAC Environment and Sustainability Director
Ph: 61 3 9831 6101