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A heated conversation

AN EXTENDED HEATWAVE HYPOTHETICAL


MELBOURNE PREPARES AS THE IPCC RELEASES THEIR LATEST REPORT.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SIX DAYS OF OVER 40-DEGREE WEATHER HIT MELBOURNE IN 2025?


  • On Monday 31 March a diverse panel of residents, including homeless, business and community representatives will discuss how Melbourne will respond and thrive through an extreme heatwave.
  • Panel will include representatives of Office of Living Victoria, Lend Lease, SP Ausnet, Fire Services Commissioner, Monash University, Alto on Bourke, Emerald Community House, Council to Homeless Persons and City of Melbourne.
  • Over 35,000 people died due to the catastrophic 2003 European heatwave. Older people, infants, people with medical conditions and outdoor workers are particularly at risk.
  • Heatwaves and urban heat islands have been identified as core risks for inner Melbourne's well-being and productivity. To reduce heatwave impacts, community, green infrastructure and health strategies are currently underway.

City of Melbourne will host a 'Melbourne Conversations' Event at BMW Edge, Federation Square on the evening of the 31st of March (6.00pm-7.30pm). The event will explore how Melbourne copes through a heatwave like the European summer of 2003.

 

Speakers in this hypothetical style event will discuss the impacts on Melbourne's community and infrastructure, what we've learnt, how we can cope and how we can build our city's resilience. This event is curated by Green Cross Australia, a non-profit dedicated to fostering community resilience.

 

Green Cross Australia CEO Mara Bun said, "A strong community fabric is a city's best defence against heatwaves. Over 700 people died from related causes in the 1995 Chicago five day heatwave, though some areas fared much better than others, often because of social cohesion factors."

 

City of Melbourne Environment Portfolio Chair Councillor Arron Wood said "this event is designed to shift Melbourne's mindset about how we plan for and cope during these kinds of events. With climate projections pointing to an increase in extreme heat days from an average of 9 days to 20 days by 2070, we need to plan our response and engage the community along the way."

 

Get tickets for this free public event at: thatsmelbourne.com.au

 

Witness a dynamic panel discussion including perspectives from residents, water, property and energy experts, bushfire and community safety professionals, homeless people, and local businesses. Representatives of Office of Living Victoria, Lend Lease, SP Ausnet, Fire Services Commissioner, Monash University, Alto on Bourke, Emerald Community House, Council to Homeless Persons and City of Melbourne will feature in the Hypothetical panel.

Hear about how Melbourne's urban forest and white roof strategy can mitigate the risks of urban heat island effects. Learn from Monash researchers about how battery storage and smart grid developments can make inner Melbourne's grid safer by offering solar powered cool zones.

 

Green Cross Australia is proud to support City of Melbourne's climate adaptation community engagement program through this and other activities. Our purpose is to cultivate community resilience to environmental stresses and to inspire sustainable solutions to climate risk.

 

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ABOUT THE HEATWAVE HYPOTHETICAL MODERATOR - ANDREW WISDOM


Andrew is an insightful thinker and motivating speaker on urban issues. Through a career spanning 30 years Andrew has addressed a wide range of transportation and urban development challenges around the world. His broad background includes work on planning and design of transport infrastructure and as well as site master planning and strategic planning in a variety of contexts.

 

As Director at Distilled Wisdom, Andrew focuses on urban strategy and enjoys identifying unconventional ways to address urban challenges. At Envest EcoCity, Andrew is a Director driving the conception and design of a precinct in Melbourne's west that will be an exemplar of urban development in Australia.

 

Between 2012 - 1999 Andrew's career achievements include:

  • 2010 - 2012 he was consulting firm Arup's Australasian Cities leader, charged with driving an urban transformation agenda for the firm's diverse practices
  • In 2007 he created Arup's Planning group in the Australasian region and led it until 2010
  • 2005 - 2008 he was Arup's Melbourne office leader.
  • 1999 - 2004 he was based in New York, where he established and led Arup's transportation group in the Americas, whilst working on a range of challenging infrastructure projects.

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