Connected Places Podcast Episode 25: Melbourne’s Road to a Resilient Green Recovery with Lord Mayor Sally Capp

We’re running a series of dialogues with Mayors from around the world in the lead up to the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow later this year. The series was launched this week at the World Cities Summit 2021, which was hosted by our partner, the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and held virtually for the first time. Over the coming months the Catapult will be convening a series of dialogues with city Mayors from around the world about the road to a resilient and green recovery. Each dialogue will be facilitated by Prof Greg Clark, the Chair of the Connected Places Catapult.

The effects of the COVID pandemic are far from over but city leaders have already begun planning for the recovery. And with the grand urban challenges of climate change, population growth and quality of life still very much in the in-tray, that recovery needs to be both resilient and green. In the first conversation in the series, we begin with a city that is often lauded as one of the most liveable in the world: Melbourne, one of Australia’s urban jewels known for its parks, beaches, thriving cultural life and innovative economy.

But Melbourne is also a city that has had to adapt, pivot and embrace change throughout its history, and no more than during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode we meet the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp to hear how the City of Melbourne has actually used the disruption of lockdown to fast track it’s environmental sustainability programme. We ask how Melbourne’s world-renown innovators and entrepreneurs are shaping the city’s embrace of a digitised future. How is the city’s innovation economy and its iconic global port helping to make Melbourne a more connected place in which to do business? And how is the Lord Mayor taking Melburnians with her on the road to a greener and more resilient future?

Music on this episode is by Blue Dot Sessions and Phill Ward Music (

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Post-Pandemic Recovery; Green Recovery; Resilient Green Recovery
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You can learn more here about what the City of Melbourne is doing on climate action and a list of climate change impacts on the city region, as well as the city’s Climate Change Mitigation Strategy.

To read and download the Catapult’s Net Zero Places Innovation Brief, which explores a number of new market opportunities in the active travel sector, click here.

If you’re an SME looking to understand the impact of COVID-19 on your business, the wider supply chain and what the road to recovery might look like, come along to our next SME Masterclass: Rebalancing the Supply Chain in COVID Recovery being held on 29th June. To register for free, click here.

On the 1st July we’ll be launching our UK Cities Climate Investment Commission, in partnership with Core Cities and London Councils. We’ll be presenting some early-stage findings on the estimated Net Zero investment need of the UK’s Cities. It’s a piece of work that we’ve commissioned in the run-up to the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow later this year. To register for free, click here.  

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