Local Governments exist to serve communities and are responsible for providing significant community infrastructure services (e.g. transport infrastructure, water and wastewater infrastructure, community facilities, etc.) needed by their community in a prudent, transparent and sustainable manner.
The user resource is structured around the three priorities of Partner, Prepare, Provide identified in the NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy (CIRS). This is to assist local governments with implementing the outcomes of the strategy and the types of activities or actions that may be initiated under the three priorities to enhance critical infrastructure resilience.
The success of the CIRS is largely dependent on how the strategy is applied to generate practical infrastructure resilience. This user resource has been designed to assist Councils to direct their focus on implementing resilience thinking into business as usual practices.
The user resource is aimed at local government practitioners across a variety of disciplines (asset managers and engineers, emergency managers, executives, councillors, town planners, works managers, operations managers, business continuity professionals, etc.). The intent is to facilitate collaboration across the various stakeholders within local government that are involved in enhancing the resilience of critical infrastructure.
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Table 1 below identifies the multiple roles and responsibilities that Local Government fulfils within the NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy, both as an infrastructure provider, and as the closest level of government to the many diverse communities of NSW. This user resource has been developed to provide a supporting resource for Local Governments across NSW in implementing the strategy.