Northern Transport Corridor and the 2022 election results. Time to upgrade, extend Upfield line to Wallan

Congratulations to Tim Read, Anthony Cianflone, Kathleen Matthews-Ward election to parliament for Merribek

For the first time the three State MPs representing Merribek have all signed a climate emergency declaration. Congratulations to Dr Tim Read, Kathleen Matthews Ward and Anthony Cianflone. We look forward to working constructively with you in the next parliamentary term for ambitious climate action and rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for Victoria.

We also think there is a lesson here for Labor, reflected in the election results, in the lack of addressing public transport upgrade in the northern transport corridor, for duplication and extension of the Upfield line to Wallan.

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November 27, 2022 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

State of the Climate 2022 and the Victorian Election

The Bureau of meteorology and CSIRO released on Wednesday the latest State of the Climate Report.

It outlines in stark detail many of the climate impacts we are already seeing with bushfires and floods, and extreme heat. This affects our economy, society and environment. We now live in the Age of Consequences.

As people go to vote this week and Saturday they should consider these impacts and the candidates and parties they are voting for. Who has the most ambitious climate targets?, who has detailed climate action plans to reduce emissions? and plans for climate adaptation to deal with the problems already baked in?.

Climate Action Merribek has assessed candidates for the electorates of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows. We urge you to preference those candidates who have signed the Climate Emergency Declaration and the Forest Pledge and have committed to increasing climate action.

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November 24, 2022 at 1:13 am Leave a comment

Broadmeadows candidates support climate emergency #vicvotes2022

Candidates | Forums | Scorecards | UpperHouse | Climate Emergency Declarations | Forest Pledges

The 2022 State election date is Saturday November 26.

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November 11, 2022 at 6:35 pm 1 comment

Pascoe Vale candidates support climate emergency declaration #Vicvotes2022

Candidates | Forums | Scorecards | Upper House | Climate Emergency Declarations | Forest Pledges

The 2022 State election date is Saturday November 26.

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November 10, 2022 at 9:44 pm 1 comment

Brunswick candidates support climate emergency declaration #Vicvotes2022

Candidates | Forums | Scorecards | Upper House | Climate Emergency Declarations

The 2022 State election date is Saturday November 26

Dan Ziffer chairing the Brunswick Residents Network candidates Forum for Brunswick
Dan Ziffer chairing the Brunswick Residents Network candidates Forum for Brunswick
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November 8, 2022 at 3:32 pm 1 comment

Greater Glider photobombs Wills MP over continued logging in Victorian Native forests at Fawkner Festa

A Greater glider puppet photobombed Federal MP Peter Khalil (Wills) and Kathleen Matthews-Ward – (Broadmeadows ALP candidate) at the Fawkner Festa. Climate activists argue that Logging of native forests is criminal in a climate emergency. The science is clear: Stopping native forest logging is key to getting to net zero argue Australian National University Scientists.

Sometimes you need to be a little cheeky to get a point across. 

The Greater glider is a threatened species living in the old growth native forests of Victoria. They would like logging of native forests to end by 2024 at the latest, not 2030. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek up-listed the southern and central Greater Glider species as endangered in a determination reported 9 July 2022. 

The Victorian Labor Government has set an end to logging in native forests at 2030, but scientists and activists argue this needs to happen as soon as possible and no later than 2024. According to the science, forest ecosystems are facing collapse, species are facing rapid decline and possible extinction. This is an active issue in the Victorian state election which the Labor Party is not addressing. On a Federal level, review and updating the EPBC Act is important for ensuring logging has to go through the same threatened species assessment as other industries and dump the Regional Forestry Agreement process.

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October 24, 2022 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Candidate Forums for Brunswick and Pascoe Vale #Vicvotes2022

The Victorian State election is on Saturday 26 November. The electoral roll closes 8pm Tuesday 8 November. Nominations for independent candidates close 12 noon 11 November. Early voting opens Monday 14 November. Refer: VEC website.

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October 20, 2022 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

For disaster risk reduction we need a National Assessment of Climate Risk and a National Climate Adaptation Plan

Merri Creek in flood.

While we continue to experience disastrous Flood events in Victoria, New South Wales and northern Tasmania, reflect that October 13, was International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction as declared by the United Nations.(1)

With this flood event in Victoria more than 500 homes have been damaged and a further 500 cut off by the extensive flooding, while thousands of homes have been left without power. Thousands of people have been under evacuation orders across the three states reports the ABC. The flooding of farmland in regional areas will destroy crops and may impact food prices.

We need the Federal Government to order a National Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, followed by the development of a National Adaptation Plan to address the climate driven extreme weather disasters.

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October 14, 2022 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

Merribek NGOs advocate for Australian climate commitments for COP27

The following statement was sent to Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen and Federal MP for Wills Peter Khalil on 9 October 2022 urging them to adopt commitments regarding the Global methane Pledge, climate finance and rejoining the Green Climate Fund, to take to the UN climate conference COP27.

We look like already achieving a partial win on this. On 13 October Agriculture Minister Murray Watt said on Radio National that Australia is considering signing the Global Methane Pledge, reports the Guardian.

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October 13, 2022 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

Forum on Transport issues for Merribek for 2022 #vicvotes state election

L to R: Mike Williams, Tim Read, Evan Mulholland, Shea Evans

Local Candidates for the 2022 state election discussed transport issues for Brunswick and the northern region in a forum organised by The Metropolitan Transport Forum and hosted by the City of Merri-bek at Brunswick Town Hall on 4 October 2022.

Some of the local issues discussed included:

  • frequency and reliability of trains on the Upfield Line and the need to duplicate and extend the line;
  • better bus services especially on Sundays;
  • more level access tram stops to boost accessibility for all;
  • safe cycling and provision of local protected cycling infrastructure.
  • Refurbishment of Sydney Road to increase safety and liveability for all users
  • Brunswick Level Crossing Removal
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September 3, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

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