Moreland Council to Phaseout Gas in Fawkner Leisure Centre

Moreland Council will put forward as part of the community consultation on redevelopment of the Fawkner Leisure Centre the phaseout of Fossil gas, as well as keeping the 50 metre outside pool, which was the subject of a strong community campaign.

The redevelopment is proposed to be done in 2 stages. the present plan includes conversion of the gas boiler heat pump to electric heat pump technology. This is estimated to cost $2.6 million.

The Council Officer report makes clear that the redevelopment is the time to do this phaseout of gas as part of the Zero Carbon Moreland framework to reduce emissions to address the climate emergency.

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October 15, 2021 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Open letter to Australian Government on Asian Development Bank funding new fossil fuel projects

Protest urging ADB to go Fossil Free (Source: FossilFree ADB)

Climate Action Moreland joined 34 other civil society organisations, including Neighbours United for Climate Action (NUCA), to sign an open letter addressed to Federal Ministers and Labor Party Shadow Ministers urging the Australian government to stop pushing support of coal and gas related projects in the negotiation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) new energy policy.

Both the International Energy Agency Roadmap to 2050 released in May 2021 and the IPCC 6th climate change assessment report released in August 2021 makes clear we cannot afford ANY new fossil fuel projects to be funded consistent with the Paris Agreement agreed targets.

Neighbours United for Climate Action also signed the open letter.

“Since the Paris Agreement, the ADB has financed at least $4.9 billion in fossil fuels, almost all of which (96%) has gone to gas. The ADB cannot be a climate leader without a clear end to gas finance.” says an analysis of the Draft Energy policy done by Fossil Free ADB.

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October 7, 2021 at 1:03 am Leave a comment

Walking: Making it Safer and More Enjoyable

Part of the Brunswick survey response by Brunswick Residents Network

Walking is a key form of sustainable transport. Indeed, it has so many benefits, including improving the environment, people’s health, and their sense of community. Encouraging more people to walk more often is one of the best ways a society can achieve a range of objectives.

Unlike for other transport modes, governments don’t collect good data on pedestrians that could be used to inform pedestrians strategies. Urban densification increasingly leads to competition over space allocated for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. So it becomes even more important to ensure that we understand how, why, where and when people walk, and how to address barriers to walking.

Brunswick Residents Network (BRN) sought to do this. In early 2021 they surveyed 992 residents from Brunswick (including East and West) on their walking habits and have reported on their findings here. They hope to use the findings to lobby Moreland Council to improve walking infrastructure. Of course, these findings will be applicable in other areas too.

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October 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

Labor Expanding gas extraction in Victoria against the climate science

The Labor State Government has been pro-active with some climate action and the energy transition in Victoria, but on gas the Government still subscribes to the view that gas production needs to be expanded, that gas is a transition fuel.

Minister for Resorces Jaala Pulford answering a question on Beach Energy gas well under the 12 Apostles

This is despite key several scientific and energy assessments that argue that no more new fossil fuel projects should be embarked upon.

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September 19, 2021 at 6:48 pm 1 comment

Wills voters overwhelmingly want climate action as does the rest of Australia

Poll: climate action by Wills citizens
Poll: climate action by Wills citizens

A new poll of 15,000 Australians conducted by YouGov for the Australian Conservation Foundation has found that a substantial majority of Australians want governments to take climate action and set ambitiuos interim climate targets, and stop funding coal and gas.

Citizens in Moreland as part of this poll showed a much greater concern than the national average on all the question polled.

Conclusions. Compare results Wills and National averageWills National Average
Voters believe greater climate action will help nature and wildlife survive extreme weather.84% 79%
Voters do not believe that new coal or gas power stations should be a priority for the federal government.78%71%
Voters believe the federal government need to be doing more to address climate change.79%67%
Voters say Labor and Coalition plans for climate action will influence their vote.76%67%
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September 1, 2021 at 11:31 pm Leave a comment

Prime Minister urged to increase climate action

Labor’s Climate and Energy spokeperson addressed the Better Futures Forum

Climate Action Moreland joined over 100 other organisations in August in a Declaration calling for a Better Future and increased climate action. This includes City of Moreland. An open letter dated 21 August was sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The Declaration was associated with the Better Futures online conference that was conducted over three days – 17-19 August 2021.

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August 31, 2021 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

Moreland Olympian highlights climate action

Local Moreland Olympian Rhydian Cowley was interviewed by Ticker News recently. He highlighted the importance of athletes in their brief time in the public spotlight to advocate for climate action to keep our planet habitable in response to the climate crisis.

Rhydian Cowley is a champion Australian race walker. He competed in the 2016 Olympics for Australia and will be soon attending the Tokyo Olympics as part of the Australian Olympic Team. He will be participating in the 50km race walk event, one of the longest, most gruelling of Olympic events.

Rhydian is also a Sports Environmental Alliance ambassador which seeks to empower sport to do more in reducing sports carbon footprint, and is also a member of the Ecoathletes international organisation.

Rhydian Cowley articulates that much of the value of individual actions is the grassroots moment it builds for bigger climate action in government and organisational policy-making, and how it can scale when many people take action.

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June 8, 2021 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

Submission: Moreland Council Budget 2021/22

On Wednesday 2 June Moreland Council had it’s formal submission feedback session to Councillors over zoom on the Draft Council Budget in 2021/22. The Climate Action Moreland submission was six and a half pages in length. Convenor John Englart briefly summarised the submission for Councillors.

Our submission called for increased expenditure to address the climate emergency, and addressed issues across the following areas:

  • Infrastructure to improve uptake of Sustainable Transport
  • Street trees, in particular the maintenance and protection of trees
  • Permeable and low carbon surfaces
  • Leisure Centres (in particular Fawkner Leisure Centre redevelopment)
  • Open Space
  • Comment on other strategic initiatives in the budget, including how to Phaseout gas in council facilities
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June 5, 2021 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

Petition: Zero emissions by 2030 target for Moreland Council

The City of Moreland declared a climate emergency in September 2018. It has a current zero community emissions 2040 target. Climate Action Moreland and Neighbours United for Climate Action has a petition to Moreland Council to reduce this zero emissions target to 2030. This is consistent with recent science in addressing the urgency of global warming.

Sign the petition at: https://www.petitions.net/moreland_council_adopt_a_zero_carbon_moreland_target_by_2030

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June 2, 2021 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

Campaigners prevent Synthetic Pitch for Hosken Reserve

Photo: Coutesy Jerry Galea. Save Hosken Reserve outside Moreland Council

At Moreland Council meeting on 12 May 2021 a compromise motion was put forward which dumped the proposal for a synthetic soccer pitch for Hosken Reserve.

This is a substantial win against synthetic turf for Hosken Reserve. This issue was won by determined local residents. We are proud that our Climate Action Moreland submission highlighted real issues such as life-cycle carbon footprint and urban heat island impact with synthetic turf, and assisted arguments put forward by residents against the original proposal.

The Conversations Caravan Engagement report (Except of Hosken Reserve item and Engagement Report PDF) basically highlighted and validated the concerns of residents, particularly the inappropriateness of an expanding sports hub in the middle of a residential area.

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May 15, 2021 at 2:06 am Leave a comment

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