Webinar – Enabling a more liveable, resilient and sustainable Darwin through effective financing

January 19th, 2023

Darwin, like other Australian cities, is faced with a need to transition to a more sustainable, less resource intensive and net zero emissions future, and to build improved resilience to cope with disasters such as extreme heat, fire, storms, floods and cyclones. Due to the need for action on climate, finding ways to accelerate this change are being explored, including the development of strategies, setting of targets and place-based initiatives to build adaptive capacity for change.

This webinar focused on levers and mechanisms available to enable investment and action in projects /initiatives that progress sustainability and resilience objectives through improved systems- and values-based analyses of complex and uncertain problems and identification of options for systemic risk mitigation opportunities for value creation through investments in resilience. Presentations explored the experiences and perspectives of community, research, and the NT government on place-based scalable adaptation and disaster risk reduction with a particular emphasis on how to support and build effective cases for investment across these diverse sets of stakeholders and spatial scales that deliver positive outcomes for liveability, sustainability and resilience.


Thursday 2 Feb 2023


An interim recording of the webinar is available below. We will update shortly with an edited version.

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We heard from the following:


Dr Russ Wise

Principal Sustainability Economist,

CSIRO Environment


Russ is a sustainability economist passionate about working with diverse groups of people to help understand the challenges caused by rapid technological, economic, and environmental changes and develop innovative approaches that support decision making under uncertainty.

Russ is currently leading the Enabling Resilient Investment (ERI) approach which is developing and applying place-based scalable initiatives with stakeholders to overcome barriers and build capabilities for catalysing coordinated action and investments in disaster resilient and climate adapted development and disaster recovery.

Louise McCormick

NT Infrastructure Commissioner,

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Louise McCormick is an award-winning engineer with more than 20 years’ experience across the transport and infrastructure sectors, Louise is a Fellow of Engineers Australia chartered in Civil, Structural and Executive Engineering.

Over the 18 years Louise has worked in the Northern Territory, she has been involved in planning, delivery and management of some of the Territory’s largest and most complex infrastructure projects


Zena Armstrong

President of the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund


Zena Armstrong is engaged in community-led action on climate change, local adaptation, disaster recovery and resilience building. Drawing on a long and varied career which includes journalism, diplomacy and international relations, and her own personal creative practice, Zena works across disciplines and sectors with people from all walks of life — art, music, community, government, the private sector — to explore and implement transformative action.


Director of the annual Cobargo Folk Festival since 2015, Zena is also President of the community-run, non-profit Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund Inc and Chair of the Cobargo and District Energy Transition group, both of which were established in the wake of the devastating 2019-20 bushfires to support community recovery and increase local resilience