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Submission for improving Moreland Council Local Laws on community action and engagement


Moreland Council is updating their General Local laws, with a review and community consultation. Some of the proposed local laws we take issue with as hindering community action, free expression and engagement of Moreland residents, if enforced.

We think this is an opportunity to bring the General Local Law (2007) into line with current community standards and sentiments. As one of the active community groups in Moreland, we appreciate this chance to improve the local laws and how they are applied with justice and fairness.
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July 29, 2017 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Consultation on Urban Heat Island effect Action Plan in Moreland

Moreland UHI Thermal imaging 14 January 2014 10am

Moreland UHI Thermal imaging 14 January 2014 10am


Moreland Council have been working on developing a policy on mitigating the urban heat island effect. This is when temperatures warm up much more in urban areas due to all the buildings and roads, than rural areas. Climate change is causing temperatures to rise, and also causing earlier and more intense heat waves to occurr. Climate change also amplifies the urban heat island effect.

Moderation of urban heat island effect temperatures by even a few degrees can reduce substantial health impacts and improve comfort for residents in extreme heat conditions. Every year hundreds of ambulance callouts are made for people suffering heat related medical conditions. More people die during extreme heat events than for any other disaster, including bushfires. A 2014 report found that Melbourne, of all Australia’s cities, had the highest annual average number of heat-related deaths, with about 200 a year, according to the Age.

Research has shown that Moreland has a high social vulnerability index to extreme heat already, based upon demographic and social factors.

Moreland Council is conducting a community consultation in regard to the draft Urban Heat Island effect action plan on Tuesday 22 March 2016, 6 pm – 8 pm at Coburg Town Hall foyer, 90 Bell Street, Coburg. You can Register your attendance and download and read the draft plan. The draft action plan was approved for community consultation at Council’s February 2016 meeting with the intention of formal presentation of the final draft in April 2016 followed by formal endorsement in June 2016.
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March 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm 2 comments

Meeting with Moreland Councillors to discuss Zero Carbon Moreland plan

Zero-carbon-Moreland-coverAs many of you may be aware City of Moreland’s strategy for reducing emissions in the municipality by 22 per cent by 2020 was launched last year – See my report of the launch.

Councillors Lenka Thompson and Samantha Ratnam invite residents to their Ward meeting on Tuesday the 21st April 2015 7pm at Coburg Library meeting room (corner Victoria and Louisa Streets) to discuss Council’s plan to make the Moreland community carbon neutral through the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy.

When: 7pm, Tuesday 21 April 2015
Where: Coburg Library Meeting Room, Corner Victoria and Louisa Streets, Coburg.

Come along to hear Paul Murfitt, CEO from The Moreland Energy Foundation, and discuss how we can work together to combat climate change. Some members of Climate Action Moreland will also be attending too.

You can download and read City of Moreland’s plan: Zero Carbon Evolution (PDF).

April 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Moreland Candidate Forums for #vicvotes State Election

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We think climate issues are important for the state election on November 29th for the citizens of Moreland. Here are the meet the candidate forums so far organised in Moreland covering the electorates of Brunswick, Pascoe Vale and Broadmeadows.

Attend them to meet the candidates, Don’t be shy, ask questions.

With the Federal Government effectively in denial on climate change, being shunned at the United Nations for our pitifully weak targets, and supporting expansion of coal exports. The Baillieu/Napthine State Government has also been backtracking on climate mitigation by: restricting wind farms, closing energy efficiency programs, reducing the solar feed-in tarriff to 8c per Kilowatt hour, allocating more brown coal licences, only a temporary ban on fracking and CSG to June 2015, building an $8 billion East West Link tollroad we described as climate madness, and no current State target to reduce carbon emissions.

The Liberals repealed the 20 per cent by 2020 target the Brumby Government set in 2012. Surveys have repeatedly found citizens of Victoria want action on climate change.

Our local Moreland Council are leading in tackling climate change by achieving carbon neutrality in 2012 and setting a community emissions reduction target of 22 per cent by 2020, setting in place a process to divest from fossil fuels, establishing heatwave strategy and urban planning, tree planting and trialing cool pavement technologies to combat the urban heat island effect.

A forum has already occurred at Coburg Farmers Market discussing agriculture and food security issues, but also including the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security. Labor and Liberal candidates chose to be unavailable or attend other events – a poor sign when food production and distribution and climate change are so important to discuss. See our report: Fair Food Forum at Coburg Farmers Market discusses agriculture and food security

We should demand equal climate action leadership from our state government representatives, Please attend. Listen. Ask Questions. Join the discussion.

Friday 7 November:
Pascoe Vale Candidates Forum. Coburg Uniting Church. 7.30pm. Facebook Event page
Pascoe Vale Candidates (so far):
Lizzie Blandthorn (Labor)
Liam Farrelly (Greens)
Sean Brocklehurst (Socialist Alliance)
Jacqueline Khoo (Liberal)

Tuesday 11 November:
Fawkner Candidates Forum for seat of Broadmeadows. 6.15pm-8pm at John Fawkner Secondary College, 51 Jukes Rd, Fawkner
Broadmeadows candidates (so far):
Frank McGuire (Labor)
Jaime de LOMA-OSORIO (Greens)
Mohamed Hassan (Voice for the West)
RSVP to the event: on eventbrite or Facebook

Friday 14 November:
Brunswick Candidates Forum. Brunswick Uniting Church. 7.30pm.
Brunswick Candidates (so far):
Jane Garrett (Labor)
Tim Read (Greens)
Dean O’Callaghan (Independant – Save the Planet)
Stella Kariofyllidis (People Power – No Smart Meters)
Giuseppe Vellotti (Liberal)
Ward Young (Animal Justice Party)
Babar Peters (Australian Christians)

Climate change and the Victorian Election: quiz your candidates

Monday 17 November
6.30 – 8.30pm
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Organised by Climate Action Moreland (CAM)
RSVP via Facebook page
Endorsed by Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Moreland Bicycle Users Group, 350.org (Melbourne), Moreland Community Against the East West Tunnel and MEFL

October 25, 2014 at 9:25 am 1 comment

Community Climate Action Plan at Greening Moreland Forum 30 November

20131130-Greening-Moreland-ForumThe Greening Moreland Forum brings together residents, community groups and businesses interested in sharing and networking on environmental and sustainability issues, greening Moreland.

Moreland Energy Foundation in conjunction with Moreland City Council are organising the forum.

It provides an opportunity to catch up with the many groups and individuals across the municipality working on sustainability issues from many different perspectives.

The event will also provide an opportunity for ideas and input into the creation of the Moreland Community Climate Action Plan being developed by Moreland Council.

An introductory session will use a 2 minute market process, allowing every person an opportunity in turn to speak uninterrupted and explain what they or their organisation are doing regarding environmental or sustainability activities, or areas they are interested in working in.

When: 9.45am to 1.00pm Saturday 30 November
Where: Coburg Town Hall – Concert Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg (Entry at the back via Urquhart St)
Booking: Attendance is free but RSVP at MEFL website is required for Catering purposes
Lunch: Lunch Food provided free after the forum.

Moreland Council has achieved carbon neutrality this year, through programs of energy efficiency, installing solar PV on council buildings, cogeneration facilities at Leisure Centres, purchase of 100% greenpower and purchasing accredited offsets for the remainder. Council needs to continue finding ways to improve energy efficiency and to reduce emissions, and therefore reduce offset credits needing to be purchased.

The next step is to aim for the municipality to become carbon neutral. That involves you and me, our friends and neighbors taking action in our homes, local businesses and transport choices.

Moreland Energy Foundation held their AGM at the Coburg Court House on 29 October. Keynote speaker was Professor Lesley Hughes from the Climate Council who gave an outline of the work of the Climate Commission and the new Climate Council. It provides a serious challenge for all of us to make the changes needed in this the Critical Decade. Watch her presentation below:

The last forum was held in February 2012. It brought together 68 people representing 33 community groups or businesses. Two new groups actually formed out of the Greening Moreland Forum: ‘Walk on Moreland’ and ‘Friends of the Upfield Bike Path’. H

So come along and share your enthusiasm and inspiration with others! If you have leaflets or other information about your group, bring them along to share.

Some members of Climate Action Moreland will be attending. Come up and say hi!

November 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Newsletter: Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets

Climate Change – Bush fires – Emission Targets have all been in the news but all for the wrong reasons.

It’s time we take action, work together and turn things around.

I was in the South pacific recently and saw first-hand the impact of global warming, evidence of seas rising – erosion of islands, root crops such as Taro harder to grow due to the rise of salinity in the soil…

In Australia we talk about reducing emission, in the South Pacific they are talking about how to survive..

I have returned with fire in my belly to do something that will make a difference. On my own I feel overwhelmed but I believe together as a community we could make a real difference… so I invite you to become involved in Climate Action Moreland, meet like-minded people and put your ideas into action…

To start off there are a few things already organised: Dates for the diary …

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A report commissioned by WWF Australia released on 28 October 2013 warned that Australia has nearly blown its carbon budget already. On 30th October the Climate Change Authority released it’s draft report which recommended Australia strengthen its minimum 2020 target and identified two options for further consideration: a 15% cut by 2020, followed by 35-50% cuts by 2030; or a 25% cut by 2020, followed by 40-50% cuts by 2030. Read the Climate Institute statement on this report.

Next CAM Meeting: Monday 11th November

Monday 11th November – the monthly CAM meeting at the at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel 681 Sydney Rd Brunswick VIC 3056
6 for dinner (not mandatory )and networking with the meeting starting 6.30 pm. We meet in the meeting room just ask for CAM at the bar.

Things that have been raised to discuss:

  • How to improve the communication amongst members
  • Actions what do we want to focus on ?
  • Updates of Moreland Community Forum relating to the East west Tunnel project
  • Environment Victoria and Tax the Sun petitions – street stall ?
  • Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
  • Divestment

East West Tunnel Meeting: Tuesday 12th November

Tuesday 12th November – City of Moreland Public Information Meeting on the East West Tunnel.
Estonian Club, 43 Melville Road, Brunswick West.
Time still to be confirmed –

National Climate Rally Day: Sunday 17th November

Sunday 17th November 11:00 am – Treasury Place Melbourne 3000

Climate Rally – Australians want a Stronger Action On Climate Change.

WEAR HOT SUMMER COLOURS. Think red, orange, yellow – shirts, clothes, signs, banners, facepaint, hats, umbrellas and any other creative ideas. Together we will turn up the heat on climate action! Also bring water, hat and sunscreen. See Getup for other locations around Australia, or the AYCC website.

Look out for the Climate Action Moreland Banner

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Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel: Thursday 28 November

Thursday 28 November, 6.30pm Protest Meeting No East West Tunnel Expand public transport
Venue: Temple Park Senior Citizens Centre, 24 Gray St, Brunswick West

This meeting has been called to launch a grassroots campaign group in Moreland against the East West tunnel. CAM has been asked by Sue Bolton if they will endorse this event — I said yes in principle but want your thoughts before confirming – so please contact me if you wish to discuss or oppose endorsement .. SallyRose 0431 445 930 4th Nov so flyers can be developed etc.

Initiated by Sue Bolton, Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor

Possible endorsing organisations: Brunswick Residents Network; Climate Action Moreland; Sustainable Fawkner; Sustainable Coburg; Royal Park Association; Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; PTUA; SLIMS; RATS, VITAL

Introduction by Sue Bolton

Possible speakers: Kay Oddie, Friends of Moonee Ponds Creek; A CAM member (Climate Action Moreland) ARE YOU INTERESTED ? please contact SallyRose 0431 445 930

Other Actions: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Other actions you may want to be part of:
Fossil Fuel Divestment

Do you have your money in one of the four big banks-ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB or Westpac?

Have you heard of Fossil Fuel Divestment?

On 26th October, at the ANZ branch in Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall, dozens of customers came out to close their accounts in protest over ANZ’s role as a leading lender to the coal and gas industries. This is part of our “put your bank on notice” campaign that has been running for the past six months.

Earlier the organization called Market Forces revealed that ANZ and the rest of the big four banks have been lending billions of dollars to dirty coal and gas export projects – many of them inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Hundreds of Australians – you might even be one of them – have put their bank on notice, saying that unless loans to coal and gas projects stop, they’ll be taking their money elsewhere.

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350.org conducted a day of divestment from ANZ Bank in Melbourne on October 26. Visit Gofossilfree.org/aus-banks – See Photos on Facebook

Hope to see you at one or ALL of the events …

Sally Rose

October 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm Leave a comment

Special guests, The Wilderness Society, come to CAM.

For our next meeting we’ve invited Wilderness Society campaigners Scott and Amelia to discuss forests and climate change, as well as their plans for the upcoming 350.org international day of action on October 24th. We’ll also have a discussion about the Moreland Climate Group’s plans for our own local actions.

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