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Climate Push for bike lane trial on Sydney Road Brunswick

Sydney Road Option 3 bicycle lanes (Source: VicRoads)

Moreland Council will be submitting a submission to the Department of Transport for a 6 month separated bike lane trial on Sydney Road between Glenlyon Road and Brunswick Road. An important reason driving this is the need to ramp up the use of sustainable transport on Sydney road to address transport emissions, to encourage mode shift away from car use to public transport and active transport in the City of Moreland.

At the August Moreland Council meeting Council debated proposals for the VicRoads Sydney Road Improvement project and the officer recommendation for a submission to the Department of Transport advocating Option 3 with separated bike paths and increased space for pedestrians.
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August 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Setting Victoria’s climate targets for 2025 and 2030

Submission on Victorian Climate Targets

Executive Summary

We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the recommended emissions targets for Victoria as contained in the Interim Emissions Reduction Targets for Victoria (2021-2030) report prepared by the Independent Expert Panel.

We argue that the science strongly indicates we have a climate crisis and that Victoria (and Australia) needs to declare a climate emergency, to focus resources on ambitious emissions reduction and climate adaptation.

While we appreciate the work of the expert panel, we think the recommended targets are still too low, even by their own assessment of the targets required to meet the 1.5C temperature target as contained in the Paris Agreement.

Reducing emissions needs to address equity issues, so we also call for transition programs that address equity, both on the local level and as part of addressing the problem globally. As a matter of global equity and justice Australia as a developed country should decarbonise faster than the many developing countries that need to address poverty and social issues and already have low carbon footprints.

We particularly highlight that the Expert panel failed to address the growth in aviation emissions as part of transport emissions, and the expansion of Melbourne’s airports which induces growth in these emissions. This is a difficult niche area to decarbonise, but the first step should be to stop airport expansion which will cap the growth in aviation and aviation emissions.

This submission (PDF) was a collaborative work by members of Climate Action Moreland and follows the suggested question survey for consultation.

John Englart
Convenor, Climate Action Moreland
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July 22, 2019 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Media Release: Wills MP Peter Khalil reverses climate stance; now spruiks new fossil fuels

No new coal or GAS pipeline infrastructure

Media Release

Wills MP Peter Khalil reverses climate stance; now spruiks new fossil fuels

Representatives from a range of climate groups gathered outside the office of Wills Labor MP Peter Khalil on Friday May 3 to protest against Khalil’s support for new fossil fuel developments. The protest was part of the School Strike 4 #ClimateElection National Day of Action.

At the Wills Climate forum held on Monday April 29, Peter Khalil MP revealed that he supports new fossil fuel infrastructure, despite his earlier calls for strong immediate action to slash carbon emissions. 

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May 4, 2019 at 1:12 am 1 comment

Wills Candidates who have signed the climate emergency declaration #ausvotes2019

Here in Moreland for the electorate of Wills some of the declared candidates have already signed the climate emergency declaration.

Follow their details at Meet the Candidates election forums, including a Forum organised by Climate Action Moreland on Climate and Sustainability.
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April 11, 2019 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Council adopts transformative transport strategy

Moreland Mayor Cr Abboud


Moreland Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud walks the talk on mode share shift to sustainable transport.

To conclude the debate on Moreland Council’s transformative Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy (MITS) Cr Abboud told her own personal journey which outlined her fears and her new found freedom in her Mayoral e-bike that she uses to move about Moreland fulfilling her duties as Mayor.

Her speech came after 2 hours of debate in the Council chamber on the strategy and 18 amendments that were proposed for the Council motion. Most amendments were debated: some were lost, some were passed and incorporated into the final motion. The Strategy was passed with 10 votes in Favour and one abstention.
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March 15, 2019 at 12:55 am 2 comments

Momentum gathering for global school strike for climate in Melbourne

Student Strike for climate outside Bill Shorten’s office

Momentum is gathering for the global student strike for climate on March 15 in Melbourne.

  • Here in Melbourne a rally is being organised at 11am to 2pm outside the Old Treasury Building in Spring Street. (Facebook Event)
  • In Moreland families with young children are gathering at Jacobs Reserve, Melville Road, Brunswick West between 3pm and 5pm. (Facebook Event). Some of the kids have already prepared banners for this event.
  • Visit the School strike for climate website to find other locations around Australia.

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March 9, 2019 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Greens Brunswick MP Tim Read identifies climate action priority in first speech

Greens MP for Brunswick Tim Read with supporters due to make first speech


The new Greens MP for Brunswick, Tim Read, identified climate action as one of the priority areas he wants to pursue in his first speech to the Victorian Parliament. Tim Read was elected at the November 2018 state election to join Greens colleagues Ellen Sandell (Melbourne) and Sam Hibbins (Prahran) in the Legislative Assembly.
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February 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

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