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Municipal Association of Victoria recognises need for urgent climate action

Victorian local councils, including Moreland, understand the threat of climate change to their citizens.

In early May the Municipal Association of Victoria, at their annual conference passed a climate emergency motion by 77 percent in favour and 23 per cent against.
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May 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Westpac have a better climate policy on export coal than Liberal or Labor

Thank You Westpac for new climate policy

On Friday members of Climate Action Moreland and supporters gathered on Sydney Road outside Westpac Bank. For a change we had something positive to say. We also had a load protest outside Commbank next door, before marching to Wills MP Peter Khalil’s office to push him past just opposing public subsidies to oppose the mine itself.

The Westpac Bank climate position statement and 2020 action plan is actually more aligned with Australia’s commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement, in terms of the export coal industry, than either the Government or Labor opposition. That is not to say it is perfect, but Westpac Bank realize there is a transition to a zero carbon economy underway and their policy on investment in fossil fuels and especially coal is nuanced to that effect.
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May 14, 2017 at 6:49 pm 1 comment

Federal Climate policy review (2017) submission by climate groups

DCAN Climate Review Fig 1

We chose not to do our own submission to the Federal Government Climate Policy Review, that closed on May 5, but instead made a few corrections to the Darebin Climate Action submission which focused on arguing we need climate emergency policies put in place. Climate Action Moreland was one of the 29 grassroot community climate and sustainability groups that endorsed the Darebin Climate Action submission (see list at end).

This submission covered the following:

  • Overview
  • The earth is already too hot and global warming is already dangerous.
  • We can burn no more carbon for +1.5oC target.
  • Worse news: The door to less than +2oC is rapidly closing.
  • What action is needed?
  • The Government must declare a climate emergency and enact an emergency speed transition.
  • Showing the way.
  • What is missing is leadership.

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May 8, 2017 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Invite to Wills MP Peter Khalil to oppose Adani coal mine

Climate Action Moreland visited Wills MP Peter Khalil’s office today to deliver a letter inviting his public support for opposing the Adani coal mine. At the moment Westpac bank have anounced a more detailed policy on export coal in keeping with the Paris Agreement climate targets and transition to a zero carbon economy than both the Liberal National Party Government and the opposition Labor Party.

The Labor party needs to stop sitting on the fence and oppose the mine on both commercial and climate grounds.

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May 3, 2017 at 12:17 am 2 comments

Consultations on Moreland’s Draft Urban Forest Strategy


Moreland’s Urban Forest Strategy has now gone live for community consultation.

Alex English, Moreland’s Open Space planner, will be conducting community consultations including a presentation at the start of Climate Action Moreland’s next meeting on Monday, 22 May at 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Please visit the consultation website to read the draft policy:
http://www.moreland.vic.gov.au/about-us/have-your-say/consultations/draft-urban-forest-strategy/

Community forums on the Draft Urban Forest Strategy:

  • Wednesday 10 May 7.30-9pm ROBINSON RESERVE NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE 104A Reynard St Coburg
  • Thursday 11 May 6.30-8pm GLENROY LEARNING CENTRE 5B Cromwell Street, Glenroy
  • Tuesday 16 May 7.30-9pm NEWLANDS COMMUNITY HOUSE 20 Murray Road, Coburg North
  • Thursday 18 May 7-8.30pm FAWKNER COMMUNITY HOUSE 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner
  • Tuesday 23 May 6.30-8pm BRUNSWICK NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE 43a De Carle St, Brunswick

After the consultation process has finished Alex English will put together a formal report that will be presented to Moreland Council with responses to all the community feedback and any proposed changes to the strategy.

May 2, 2017 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Says #StopAdani: outside Westpac then Commbank Coburg on May 12

CommBank, dump Adani, dump Coal. Photo: Julian Meehan

Climate Action Moreland has joined the #StopAdani campaign(1) under the name Moreland Says #StopAdani.

We will be holding an action outside the Coburg Westpac branch (482 Sydney Rd) on Friday May 12 from 12.30pm to say thankyou to Westpac for adopting a climate policy, while not perfect, effectively rules out funding the Adani Carmichael mine and any Galilee Basin mines.
(Facebook Event)

We intend to follow this with a protest outside of CommBank Coburg branch. The Commonwealth Bank still has no policy that explicitly rules out new fossil fuel projects including the Adani project. The bank has been silent on funding Adani.

After making our presence felt outside Commbank, we will march to Peter Khalil’s office (if he doesn’t attend).

Our aims are two fold:

  • to put pressure on CommBank to publicly commit not to fund Adani’s coal project, and
  • for our Federal Labor MP Peter Khalil to come out in public opposition to Adani’s coal project

We are seeking endorsements from local groups. Endorsing groups will be invited to provide a speaker at this event.

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April 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm 1 comment

A peek at Moreland’s draft Urban Forests strategy

Moderating the urban heat island effect with summer temperatures and extreme heat effects increasing has become a priority. One of the best ways to moderate urban heat is through increasing the urban forest canopy. Unfortunately while public tree planting has increased, urban consolidation and development has resulted in a decline on private property.

Last Council meeting considered a draft Urban Forest Policy. The community consultation for Moreland’s Draft Urban Forest Strategy will run from May 1 to May 29. See Moreland Council Meetings page for Agenda for 8 March 2017 (from pg 98) for version presented to council or download it here (PDF 48MB) (This may not be final version)

We will put more details on our website and FB page when available. See a recent report on combatting the urban heat island effect here.

One of the issues that needs to be tackled is public education on trees on private property. A register of important trees is also needed. How the policy integrates with draft Urban Food policy regarding orchard trees is also an issue.

Summary (provided by MCC):
The draft Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2027, will guide the future management of Moreland’s urban forest, aiming to create a municipality where healthy trees and vegetation are a core part of the urban environment. The Strategy aims to deliver practical measures that guide the planning and protection of vegetation across Moreland. The term “urban forest” includes vegetation in both public and private spaces, such as home gardens, nature strips, street trees, balcony plants, rooftop gardens and green walls. It also includes public parks with trees, shrubs, grasslands and wetlands. In summary, the City of Moreland’s:

* Overall vegetation canopy from the urban forest is 14%;
* Public land contributes 5% of total municipal urban forest cover; and
* Private tree canopy has declined by 24% since 2005.

The Strategy aims for a 50% increase of canopy coverage within the public realm by 2030, through the strategic planting of larger canopy trees within streetscapes, parks and natural resource management areas.

April 24, 2017 at 1:14 am Leave a comment

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