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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

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

Candidates answer more climate questions in #willsvotes

The people of Wills submitted so many questions and we could only get to a fraction of them during the candidates forum. We then selected a further six questions that had been submitted and sent them to all of the candidates that attended the forum.

Only Leah Horsfall and Sarah Jefford have responded so far – we hope to hear from the other candidates who attended the forum soon (Peter Khalil, Sue Bolton, and Emma Black). You might like to contact them and ask them to respond.

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May 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Regenerating Australia at Merlynston: visioning a net zero future

On a Friday afternoon and evening threatening rain 80 people came together at Merlynston Progress Hall in North Coburg to watch the film Regenerating Australia by documentary film maker Damon Gameau (FB).

It was a capacity crowd for this community hall. We advertised to Come early for dinner from 5pm-6pm as Tuka Tuka KothuRoti Man was attending to supply some delicious food. The food met our expectations. Our choir entertainment had to sadly cancel due to isolation requirements.

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May 8, 2022 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Climate Risk mapping for Moreland: climate impacts and insurability

The Climate Council has just put out a new report: Uninsurable Nation: Australia’s most Climate Vulnerable Places. Along with this report they have produced a climate risk map for Australia in which they list the hazards: riverine flooding, bushfire, surface water flooding, coastal inundation, and extreme wind. They also project properties at high and medium risk for 2030, 2050 and 2100.

The Climate Risk map allows you to drill down to the suburb level, or Local Government Area or Federal Electorate. Moreland is not one of the top municipalities for climate risk, but the mapping is surprising for what it reveals.

This report highlights climate impacts are already ocurring and having an economic impact on insurance and insurability. Unless we take action, costs will continue to escalate. Climate Action Moreland has recently held a climate forum with Candidates for Wills, and also compared Party climate policies for Wills and the Victorian Senate for consistency with the Paris Agreement 1.5C target. We urge you to consider voting in the Federal election for candidates with strong climate policies and use your preferences wisely.

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May 4, 2022 at 1:59 am 2 comments

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