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New Moreland Council will continue strong local climate policies

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The Moreland Council election results are now available from the VEC website, with another strongly progressive and green Council set for the next four years to 2020.

The Greens will have 4 Councillors in the new Council, with Labor aligned Councillors numbering 3, Independents 3, and Socialist Alliance 1.

Ten of the eleven new councillors responded to the Climate Action Moreland survey on climate and sustainability. Five of the new councillors went a step further and endorsed the climate emergency declaration.

Congratulation in particular to Greens member Mark Riley, a long-time member of CAM – who has been elected for South ward. We know Mark will be pushing for Moreland to take a much stronger stand on climate change.

Sue Bolton has also been highly supportive of strong emissions reduction and climate adaptation policies. Sue has been an invaluable Council member in helping CAM with its various campaigns (fossil fuel divestment, heat wave relief, endorsement of People’s climate march).

The Greens stood on a united policy platform that included many sustainability principles including: creating the Urban Forest, bringing integrity to council, a new hub for the Arts, stopping poor quality development, funding safer walking and cycling paths, and a clean and safe local environment.

We appreciated the positive support generally from all councillors in the last term on climate change related decisions. We look forward to working with ALL the councillors on furthering climate and sustainability issues in Moreland.

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October 29, 2016 at 2:51 pm 5 comments

North East Ward Moreland Council 2016 election candidate responses on climate change

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For North East ward 4 Councillors are to be elected, 20 candidates. See VEC Moreland City Council 2016 Nominations. The following is the list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot paper. We have linked all candidate responses to us and indicated if candidates are aligned with any political party.

The election is on Saturday 22 October. See the results.

MIAN, Afshan (ALP aligned)
IRFANLI, Ali (IND)(Response)
FAILLA, Paul (IND)(Response)
GEORGIOU, George (IND)(Response)
KELLEHER, Darcey (IND)(Response)
HELOU, Anthony (ALP aligned)
ABBOUD, Natalie (Greens) (Response)
CARLI HANNAN, Annalivia (ALP aligned)(Response)
HONG, Kevin (No VEC contact)
MICHELL, Danny (ALP aligned)
PULFORD, Adam (Greens)
PAVLIDIS, Helen
TIMPANO, Francesco (IND)(Response)
GARTSIDE, Gordon
*BOLTON, Sue (Socialist Alliance)(Response)
ANGELOPOULOS, Katerina (ALP aligned)(Response)
McGILVRAY, Alex (Greens)(Response)
NUNNS, David (ALP aligned)
BONIFAZIO, Antonio (IND) (Response)
JUBB, Imogen (IND)(Response)

* – an asterisk before name signifies a current councillor standing for re-election. If a candidate has no information after their name it may indicate they did not provide email contact details to the VEC or failed to respond to our survey.

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September 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm 3 comments

North West Ward Moreland Council 2016 election candidate responses on climate change

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For North West ward 4 Councillors are to be elected, 14 candidates. See VEC Moreland City Council 2016 Nominations. The following is the list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot paper. We have linked all candidate responses to us and indicated if candidates are aligned with any political party.

The election is on Saturday 22 October. See the results.

SHAKYA, Raju
O’BRIEN, Mark (No VEC email contact)(ALP aligned)
*KAVANAGH, John (IND) (Response)
MULIPOLA, Alesio
MINEHAN, Shaun (IND)(Response)
*YILDIZ, Oscar (ALP aligned)(Response)
PRYOR, Alice Judith (ALP aligned)(Response)
ASTUTO, Tony (No VEC email contact)
SHARMA LUITAL, Parsu (ALP aligned)
ELMUSTAPHA, Mohamad
*DAVIDSON, Helen (IND)
NELSON, Sian (Greens)(Response)
EL-HALABI, Milad (ALP aligned)
MARTIN, Dale (Greens)(Response)

* – an asterisk before name signifies a current councillor standing for re-election. If a candidate has no information after their name it may indicate they did not provide email contact details to the VEC or failed to respond to our survey.

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September 23, 2016 at 11:14 am 2 comments

South Ward – Moreland Council 2016 election candidate responses on climate change

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For south ward 3 Councillors are to be elected, 13 candidates. See VEC Moreland City Council 2016 Nominations. The following is the list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot paper. We have linked all candidate responses to us and indicated if candidates are aligned with any political party.

The election is on Saturday 22 October. See the results.

PASTOORS, Ray (ALP aligned)(Response)
HANSEN, Chris (ALP aligned)
BHUSAL, Vijay (No VEC email contact)
O’BRIEN, Dave (IND)
*TAPINOS, Lambros (ALP aligned)(Response)
O’CALLAGHAN, Dean Norman (IND – Save the Planet Party)(Response)
CAPUTO, Joe (ALP aligned)
DORNEY, Jess (Greens)(Response)
SMITH, Kelly Maree
*RATNAM, Samantha (Greens)(Response)
YUAN, Melissa (IND)(Response)
RILEY, Mark (Greens)(Response)
*HOPPER, Meghan (ALP aligned)(Response)

* – an asterisk before name signifies a current councillor standing for re-election. If a candidate has no information after their name it may indicate they did not provide email contact details to the VEC or failed to respond to our survey.

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September 23, 2016 at 11:12 am 2 comments

Moreland Council 2016 election: Climate and sustainability candidate survey

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We asked the candidates for Moreland Council a single question, and for details of their party affiliation (if any).

If elected, what concrete measures will you be advocating for on Moreland Council that relate to environmental sustainability and action on climate change?

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 (like the Moreland Leader) where we think it empowers voters on making an informed decision at the ballot box.

The election is on Saturday 22 October. See the results.

We have also asked all candidates to endorse a climate emergency declaration and send us a photo of their endorsement.

In the current term of Moreland Council the following major climate policy areas were addressed (It doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to do in these areas):

  • Divestment from fossil fuels
  • Urban forest strategy
  • Heatwave Action plan
  • Zero Carbon Moreland Plan
  • Urban Food Strategy
  • Energy Efficiency (Light replacements)
  • Cycling Infrastructure
Moreland Council wards and voting centres

Moreland Council wards and voting centres

We need councillors who will continue with the City of Moreland’s strong leadership role on both reducing emissions and community adaptation to the climate changes already happening.

Candidate Forums

South Ward

Brunswick Residents Network are organising a candidates Forum to meet candidates for South Ward and ask them questions.
When: Monday, October 10 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street Brunswick 3056
Registration: Facebook event details

North East Ward

Fawkner Community House have invited North–East Ward Council candidates to a community forum with Fawkner residents about how candidates will represent the interests of people in Fawkner if they are elected at the council election this month.
When: Sunday 9 October 2pm to 5pm
Where: 95-97 Major Road Fawkner
Details: Fawkner Community House

Save Coburg and Pentridge Action Group are organising a candidates forum to hear from candidates and ask them questions.
When: Thursday, October 13 at 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: Coburg Uniting Church on the corner of Louisa St & Victoria St, Coburg
Registration: Facebook Event details

Other Information

Moreland Bicycle User Group has done a survey of candidates on cycling issues.

The results for each ward are:

September 23, 2016 at 10:50 am 2 comments

Moreland Council increases Heatwave response strategy

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As well as taking the lead with fossil fuel divestment, the other important climate change related item at Moreland Council meeting on 8 October 2014 was a tabling of a report on heatwave strategies including the feasability of council heatwave refuges. The report was initiated as a result of a resolution moved by Cr Bolton at the Council meeting in February 2014 (See my report: Moreland Council calls for greater heatwave emergency planning for Victoria).

Council Officers employed an outside consultant to prepare a discussion paper: Potential Risks and benefits of Different Responses to Heatwaves. The discussion paper was then used to write up a report with recommendations to Council.
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October 24, 2014 at 11:05 pm 8 comments

City of Moreland an Australian climate leader in decision to divest

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Tonight the City of Moreland has become the first council in Victoria to rule out direct investments in fossil fuels and the first council in Australia to start developing a strategy to move investments away from financial institutions that fund fossil fuel developments.

Moreland joins around 30 cities internationally which have made similar commitments, including Seattle, Dunedin, and Oxford.

It follows recent announcements from Industry superannuation funds HESTA and Local Government Super, statements from ANU and Sydney universities restricting coal investments, and decision by the Uniting Church in Australia and the Perth Anglican diocese to divest from high carbon fossil fuel and mining investments.

Local residents from Climate Action Moreland and 350.org were thrilled with the result at the council meeting, that Moreland Council is an Australian leader in climate action. This follows the launch of Moreland’s Zero Carbon Evolution program last Saturday to reduce community emissions by 22 per cent by 2020.

Over 1000 residents had signed a petition for the City of Moreland to make this decision to divest. The campaign also entailed a public meeting that attracted over 100 people on a cold and wet winter night, and outreach to residents and all councillors for this result to occurr.

Council motion on Fossil Fuel Divestment

Councillor Item – Proposed by Crs Samantha Ratnam, Lenka Thompson and Sue Bolton

In moving the motion Cr Thompson outlined the following, according to the minutes of the meeting:

Cr L Thompson advised Council that as part of its work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reflect its values in all areas it works in, the City of Moreland will seek to ensure that it is not investing money in ways that may directly or indirectly contribute to climate change. The City of Moreland commits to divest itself from the Fossil Fuel industry.

As well as avoiding direct investment in the fossil fuel industry, Moreland also recognises the role of many banks in financing new Fossil-fuel projects in Australia. For this reason the City of Moreland will work to change its banking practices to both minimise indirect investment in fossil fuels, and (where consistent with prudent financial management), direct other banking activities to institutions that do not fund fossil fuel investments.

Background: As part of its work to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions and reflect its values in all areas it works in, the City of Moreland will seek to ensure that it is not investing money in ways that may directly or indirectly contribute to Climate change. The City of Moreland commits to divest itself from the Fossil Fuel industry. As well as avoiding direct investment in the fossil fuel industry, Moreland also recognises the role of many banks in financing new Fossil-fuel projects in Australia. For this reason the City of Moreland will work to change its banking practices to both minimise indirect investment in fossil fuels, and (where consistent with prudent financial management) direct other banking activities to institutions that do not fund fossil fuel investments.

Resolution:
It is resolved that the City of Moreland:
1) Commits to not directly invest in any company for whom the extraction, production, refining, or distribution of fossil fuels forms a core part of their business strategy, nor in any company whose principal business involves providing infrastructure or services to companies previously mentioned.
2) Affirms its decision to limit the current financial services contract to three years and deny any automatic renewals to the present provider (the Commonwealth Bank) if it has not divested from Fossil Fuels at the expiry of the initial three year term.
3) That council receives a report by 28 February 2015 on:
a) fossil fuel divestment options
b) analysis on fossil fuel free investments available to council
c) Options and implications of divestment from fossil fuel
4) That the information generated in the report in point 3 (and pending consideration of the options and implications report by Councillors) be used to develop a fossil fuel divestment strategy by June 2015 that will include the following:
a) A summary of Council’s investments, financial services arrangements and loans
b) Strategies, actions and timelines of the best options to move council’s investments to financial institutions that do not finance fossil fuel projects
c) A framework to maintain ongoing reporting and review of council’s banking to minimise indirect financing of fossil fuel projects and maintain public confidence that council is keeping its commitments.

The motion was Carried 6/3
A Division was called and this is how our Councillors voted:

Councillors For:

Cr Lenka Thompson
Cr Lita Gillies
Cr Sam Ratnam
Cr Helen Davidson
Cr Oscar Yildiz
Cr Sue Bolton

Councillors Against:

Cr John Kavanagh
Cr Rob Thompson
Deputy Mayor Meghan Hopper

Absent for vote:

Mayor Lambros Tapinos
Cr Michael Teti


Cr Sue Bolton explained the decision on Facebook the next day:

Last night’s council meeting took another step towards divesting from fossil fuel. There will be another two votes by council (February and June) before we can say that Moreland council has really divested from fossil fuel. Last night’s vote took us another step towards this goal. Six councillors voted in favour (myself, Lenka Thompson, Sam Ratnam, Lita Gillies, Helen Davidson and Oscar Yildiz). Three councillors voted against divestment (Meghan Hopper, John Kavanagh, Rob Thompson).

 

October 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm 7 comments


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