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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

Moreland Council questions Melbourne Airport expansion in a climate emergency

Image: Aviation emissions and targets (PDF) – No 3rd Runway Campaign

On Wednesday night (11 May, 2022) Moreland Council passed a motion authorising a submission to the 2022 Draft Preliminary Melbourne Airport Master Plan and Third Runway Major Development Plan. An amendment changed a rather insipid submission to one that correlated with Moreland’s forward thinking and past resolutions on the climate emergency and advocacy for sustainable transport.

Melbourne Airport are currently collating submissions by 16 May 2022. A report will then be prepared for the Federal Transport Minister to consider the Draft Airport Masterplan and the Major Development Plan and all the feedback. There is an active campaign against expansion of Melbourne Airport.

Some candidates for Wills electorate for the Federal election have answered a question on expansion of Melbourne airport.

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May 13, 2022 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Moreland joins Australian Mayors call for more Disaster support to Local Councils by Federal Government

The South East Queensland Floods, northern NSW Floods and flooding in Sydney suburbs have been a wake up call similar to the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019/2020. The Lismore CBD was decimated by the record floods this year. Extensive Flooding in Lismore has ocurred in 3 of the last 5 years. 1 in 100 year floods

Moreland Mayor Mark Riley joined 30 other Mayors and Councillors from around Australia, including the Lord Mayors of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart, in signing the statement. Citizens can add their support by adding their name: Climate Council: add your name to stand with Local Leaders.

“Heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and storm surges are damaging communities, endangering residents, and costing millions of dollars in clean-up costs. In some regions schools and businesses have been forced to close, the lights have gone out, roads cut off, access to fresh water and food limited and thousands of homes destroyed. Many can no longer afford insurance and will be left with little.”

Statement of Mayors. Full statement and all the Mayor and Councilor signatories (PDF)
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March 24, 2022 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

Inaugural Moreland Climate CUP highlights Race to Zero Emissions – Melbourne joins Global Day of action #COP26

Moreland Climate CUP – The Race to Zero Emissions

A few months ago the idea was floated in the Moreland Climate Coalition to hold an event around Melbourne Cup day, which also coincided with the UN Climate Change conference, COP26, meeting in Glasgow.

But at that early stage all of Melbourne was in lockdown due to the pandemic with limits on public gatherings, with the vaccination program delayed due to Federal Government vaccine ordering incompetence, and was still ramping up.

When we started organising we didn’t know how many people could meet for a protest under the public health regulations. But as vaccination rate grew rapidly 30 people became the number of fully vaccinated people to meet publicly. Three covidsafe events were held in Moreland, with other climate protests in the city and at St Kilda as part of the Global day of action called by the COP26 Coalition in Glasgow.

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November 6, 2021 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Climate Emergency toolkit for Councils launched

Local Government climate emergency toolkit


Former City of Moreland Councillor Dale Martin has authored a Local Government climate emergency toolkit, drawing upon his experience as a Councillor, and also consultation with other Councillors and community members (including with Climate Action Moreland).

The toolkit offers practical recommendations for how local governments (also known as city councils and local councils) can take immediate action to address the climate emergency.

It is written for local government councillors, Council officers and community members who want to take climate action.
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November 19, 2020 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Moreland Nature Plan needs to recognise existential threat to biodiversity

Kangaroos in Northern Memorial Park

Moreland Council has had a commitment to developing a biodiversity Strategy since at least 2004, but this strategy has been consistently overlooked. We have a Climate Emergency. But we also have an ecological and biodiversity emergency. Both crises are related and need to be addressed together.

Moreland acknowledged we have a climate emergency. Now we need the proposed Nature Plan, which we have waited 16 years for, to reflect the global science on the existential threats to ecosystems and biodiversity. This is important even in highly built up areas such as Moreland, which still harbours over 900 sepecies, at least 36 of them being threatened species.
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June 26, 2020 at 12:46 pm 2 comments

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