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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

Forum on Transport issues for Merribek for 2022 #vicvotes state election

L to R: Mike Williams, Tim Read, Evan Mulholland, Shea Evans

Local Candidates for the 2022 state election discussed transport issues for Brunswick and the northern region in a forum organised by The Metropolitan Transport Forum and hosted by the City of Merri-bek at Brunswick Town Hall on 4 October 2022.

Some of the local issues discussed included:

  • frequency and reliability of trains on the Upfield Line and the need to duplicate and extend the line;
  • better bus services especially on Sundays;
  • more level access tram stops to boost accessibility for all;
  • safe cycling and provision of local protected cycling infrastructure.
  • Refurbishment of Sydney Road to increase safety and liveability for all users
  • Brunswick Level Crossing Removal
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September 3, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Climate and sustainability Comment on Council agenda 10 August 2022

Climate Council graphic on sustainable transport

Our comment on Moreland (Merri-Bek) Council agenda for 10 August 2022, sent to all Councillors.

Dear Councillors, 

There are a few agenda items of significance at Council meeting in August. Two deal with improving cycling infrastructure, one with advocacy for improving public transport (buses) as part of a northern region assessment. These three agenda items are important for addressing transport emissions in Moreland.

Transport is about 16 percent of Moreland’s community emissions profile, with automotive emissions being 12 percent. (Refer Snapshot July 2019-June 2020 https://snapshotclimate.com.au/locality/municipality/australia/victoria/moreland/2019/fy )

The Councillor NOM on a Council policy on surfaces for sportsfields and open spaces is also important for climate and sustainability considerations.

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August 10, 2022 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Setting Victoria’s 2035 climate target

Projection of carbon emissions reduction pathway for 1.5C, net zero by 2035.

What should Victoria’s 2035 emissions reduction target be? We strongly believe it should be science based taking into account our carbon budget with global equity considerations. The Victorian Government called for submissions by June 5, 2022. Our submissions concentrated on Transport, as we see that is a major policy blind spot with regard to public transport, active transport and aviation.

  • Victoria’s target for 2020 was to cut emissions by 15-20% below 2005 levels. That target was achieved two years early.
  • Victoria’s target for 2025 is to cut emissions by 28-33% below 2005 levels.
  • Victoria’s target for 2030 is to cut emissions by 45-50% below 2005 levels.

Read our submission for 2025 and 2030 targets in which we argued for at minimum the emissions cuts identified by the Combet review matching the science: of at least 43% by 2025 and 67% by 2030 to have any chance of limiting warming to 1. 5°C. (Download PDF version)

The next short-term target, for 2035, must be set by 31 March 2023. An independent panel of experts will advise on a target for 2035, the best action to reach that target and what the pathways to net zero emissions by 2050 could look like. The Panel will prepare a report with their advice to government by 1 March 2023.

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June 6, 2022 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Keep building Protected bike lanes in City of Melbourne

William street Protected bike lane (2021) Photo by Philip Mallis/Flickr, Creative Commons licensed.

City of Melbourne Future Melbourne committee will be considering a proposal to defer new protected bike lanes construction in the Hoddle grid for the next financial year at its meeting on 7 June 2022. Many Moreland residents cycle into the city and use the present cycling infrastructure, and to grow the numbers of people cycling now is not the time to stop building safe protected cycling infrastructure in the Melbourne CBD. The Climate Action Moreland submission is below.

Recent published peer review study focused on Melbourne by Pearson et al (2022) concluded: “Our results show the potential for substantial increases in cycling participation, but only when high-quality cycling infrastructure is provided.”(1) The recent IPCC 6th assessment report also highlights the importance of prioritising cycling and walking as part of urban solutions to reduce emissions and act on climate. See the Extend the Upfield Bike Path blog post.(2)

Update: in an email to those who made submissions, Cr Rohn Lepport explains that the deferral was needed as there are no major new protected bike lanes shovel ready within the Hoddle Grid, hence the prioritisation of Arden St, Macaulay Rd, Grattan St and Royal Pde lanes, while working on design and approval of further protected bike lane infrastructure in future years. The politics and process is little messy but a way forward was found by City of Melbourne. Read the full email at the end of this article.

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June 5, 2022 at 5:28 pm Leave a 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

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

Commuter car park upgrade at Merlynston

Upfield Bike Path, Ararat Avenue and Shorts Road. Adding carpark entry will increase
safety hazards for pedestrians and cyclists

On 6th September Climate Action Moreland submitted the following submission to the Level Crossing Removal Authority on the development upgrade proposal for the Commuter car park at Merlynston station . We know that many North Coburg Residents and other community groups also put in submissions. We have heard and had no further community engagement with LXRP.

Here is our submissions sent 6 September 2021.

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December 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm 1 comment

Walking: Making it Safer and More Enjoyable

Part of the Brunswick survey response by Brunswick Residents Network

Walking is a key form of sustainable transport. Indeed, it has so many benefits, including improving the environment, people’s health, and their sense of community. Encouraging more people to walk more often is one of the best ways a society can achieve a range of objectives.

Unlike for other transport modes, governments don’t collect good data on pedestrians that could be used to inform pedestrians strategies. Urban densification increasingly leads to competition over space allocated for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. So it becomes even more important to ensure that we understand how, why, where and when people walk, and how to address barriers to walking.

Brunswick Residents Network (BRN) sought to do this. In early 2021 they surveyed 992 residents from Brunswick (including East and West) on their walking habits and have reported on their findings here. They hope to use the findings to lobby Moreland Council to improve walking infrastructure. Of course, these findings will be applicable in other areas too.

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October 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Moreland Council Budget 2021/22

On Wednesday 2 June Moreland Council had it’s formal submission feedback session to Councillors over zoom on the Draft Council Budget in 2021/22. The Climate Action Moreland submission was six and a half pages in length. Convenor John Englart briefly summarised the submission for Councillors.

Our submission called for increased expenditure to address the climate emergency, and addressed issues across the following areas:

  • Infrastructure to improve uptake of Sustainable Transport
  • Street trees, in particular the maintenance and protection of trees
  • Permeable and low carbon surfaces
  • Leisure Centres (in particular Fawkner Leisure Centre redevelopment)
  • Open Space
  • Comment on other strategic initiatives in the budget, including how to Phaseout gas in council facilities
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June 5, 2021 at 9:04 am Leave a comment

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