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Moreland Council 2020 election – candidate forums and climate info

Moreland Council election

Moreland Council, along with many other municipal and shire councils in Victoria, will go to the polls on 24 October 2020. Nominations close at 12 noon, 32 days before the election day. (See Knowyour Council guide to Elections)
Enrolment closes at 4 pm on Friday 28 August 2020. You can check your enrolment at the Victorian Electoral Commission and update details.

Postal voting starts 6 October, 2020. The election will be by postal ballot. Please use the hastag #MorelandVotes on election social media.

Climate Action Moreland will be surveying candidates, asking them to sign a climate emergency declaration, which is in keeping with the existing declaration by Council in 2018. Hopefully forums for candidates will be run for each of the three Council Wards.

Responses will be published on posts for each ward that will contain the list of candidates, party affiliation or alignment (if any), public contact information (website, facebook, twitter if available), and their answers. We may also add extra information or links to 3rd party websites where we think it empowers voters on making an informed decision at the ballot box.

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July 26, 2020 at 1:37 am Leave a comment

Moreland Council adopts coal filter as part of social sustainability criteria in procurement policy

Moreland Council adopts filter for new coal as part of Procurement Policy

Success tonight on StopAdani. Moreland Council, in its annual review of Council Procurement Policy, passed an amendment to the Council Officer resolution as a part of the social sustainability criteria.

The amendment put forward by Cr Sue Bolton adds:
“Excluding from future contracts, tenders or business dealings any companies involved in developing new coal mines.”
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June 11, 2020 at 12:41 am Leave a comment

Study finds 445 smoke related deaths from Australia’s climate fuelled Bushfire season

Bushfire smoke in Sydney, 18 December 2019

On January 1st 2020 Economics Professor John Quiggin estimated there would be hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths attributed to the deadly bushfire smoke that affected up to 80 per cent of Australia’s population, including in major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, during the climate fuelled 2019-2020 bushfire season.

A study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in March 2020 estimated the excess health burden during 19 weeks continuous fire activity in the states most severely affected by bushfire smoke. It found that at least 445 deaths could be attriibuted to the bushfire smoke and the PM2.5 air pollution particulates, and over 4,000 hospitalisations.
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June 4, 2020 at 10:52 pm Leave a comment

Heat-related deaths under-estimated as temperatures and extreme heat events increase

Moreland’s social heat vulnerability

Researchers at the Australian National University say that heat related deaths have been greatly underestimated. In the 11 years between January 2006 and October 2017 an estimated 36,765 deaths in Australia can be attributed to heat-related causes.

As we know climate change is increasing average temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events in Australia.
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May 26, 2020 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

Brunswick Climate Fair postponed due to CoronaVirus

Wilson Street, Brunswick – Climate Fair location


Climate Fair event on Saturday postponed due to rapid escalation of the Coronavirus CorVid-19 public health response.

Climate organisations in Moreland have been working to organise a climate fair to be held at Wilson Avenue in Brunswick on Saturday 14 March, with the assistance and co-operation of state Greens MP Tim Read.

With the cancellation of the Grand Prix in Melbourne this weekend, it is clear that major gatherings of people poses a major public health commumnity transmission risk. Social distancing needs to be employed to reduce level of virus transmission.

Slowing down community transmission of this virus is important to ensure the public health system has the resources to repond adequately to the level of demand required.

Dr Tim Read, the local state MP for Brunswick, put out a statement saying “It now seems the wrong time to bring people together for any non-essential reason.”

“While the Fair would likely be safer than a tram or a classroom, Perceptions matter in campaigning.”
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March 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm Leave a comment

Inquiry on achieving 100 percent renewables passed by Victorian State Parliament

The Victorian Parliament on Wednesday supported a Greens motion in the Legislative Council, looking at pathways for Victoria to be powered by 100 per cent clean energy, including the economic and employment benefits of such an energy transition.

Victoria currently has a 50 per cent renewables target by 2030. Coal currently provides 70 per cent of the state’s electricity.

The Inquiry won’t start until later in 2020 or early 2021, highlighted Samantha Ratnam in breaking the news in a Facebook post.
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March 4, 2020 at 3:39 pm 1 comment

Climate action centre stage at Sydney Road Street Party

Peter Khalil MP public engagement issues board at end of Sydney Road Street Party. Source: Courtesy Peter Khalil

Thousands of people strolled and paraded along Sydney Road on Sunday 1st March for the annual Sydney Road Street Party. The street was closed to all traffic and trams from Brunswick Road to Victoria street. Climate Action Moreland was there with a stall, up near the Victoria street end. We provided a local climate / environment hub for Stop Adani Moreland, Neighbours United for Climate Action, Newlands Friends of the Forest, and Moreland BUG to locate and campaign with us.

Our main engagement activity was collecting signatures for our petition to City of Moreland to amend their Procurement Policy with regard to businesses that sign contracts to do work with the Adani Coal mine. If you missed us on the day, you can sign our digital version of the petition to Moreland City Council on Adani.
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March 4, 2020 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

“Grief of the burned country” – Climate Crisis Rally in Melbourne Feb 22, 2020

Front banner Climate Crisis rally, 22 Feb, 2020

Between 5000 to 6000 people gathered at the State Library on Saturday afternoon in a national day of action on the climate crisis, and marched down Swanston street, up Collins Street and Spring Street finishing outside State Parliament.

The speakers were all very powerful, Sim, a Volunteer firefighter for 20 years said “Being in a burned country is lonely and silent – all the languages are gone – there is the grief of the burned country.” Sim pointed out that these catastrophic fires are with one degree of warming. They will be far worse with another degree of warming.
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February 26, 2020 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

National Climate Emergency Summit highlights escalating local action

This is not a Drill

Over two days on the 14-15 February about 1800 citizens and delegates met and listened to a wide range of expert speakers and a few politicians talking on the climate emergency.

From the initial welcome to country to the final wrap the details, impacts, and organising efforts of the climate emergency were discussed in detail. There were three main outcomes of the summit: a Safe climate Declaration, Co-ordination of the next High School climate strike on May 15, and Councillors from 70 Municipal and shire councils establishing Climate Emergency Australia (CEA) to further action at municipal and shire government level.
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February 25, 2020 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Wills MP Peter Khalil urges urgent action on climate change

Peter Khalil

Federal MP for Wills Peter Khalil has made his first speech in 2020 on February 6 highlighting need for strong climate action. The community of Moreland is right behind him in this regard.
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February 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm Leave a comment

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