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Candidates for Moreland Council sign Climate Emergency Declaration

Many climate activists are now calling on the Australian Parliament to declare a climate emergency and initiate a society-wide mobilisation. For more detail, see the Climate Emergency Declaration website

We have asked candidates running for Moreland Council if they will sign the Climate Emergency Declaration.  Thanks to the following candidates who have responded:

North East Ward: Sue Bolton; Natalie Abboud; Imogen Jubb
North West Ward: Dale Martin
South Ward: Dean O’Callaghan; Ray Pastoors (signed online); Jessica Dorney; Mark Riley; Samantha Ratnam
See the results.

 

Election day is Saturday 22 October 2016. Here are the responses candidates sent to our climate survey:

We also recommend reading the following booklet by one of our members, David Spratt: Climate Reality Check (PDF)

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration

21 prominent Australians signed this ad in June 2016 calling for a climate emergency declaration (Click to read the ad)

 

October 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm 3 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 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

Climate questions for Wills Candidates 2013 Federal Election

As well as the Meet the candidates Public Forum on Monday 19 August 2013, Climate Action Moreland have put together a list of question that we would like a response to from each candidate. The list is below. We will publish written candidate responses emailed to us on our website.

Responses have been received from and uploaded in PDF format:

Questions on climate change

  1. With scientists forecasting substantial sea level rise this century, many people from low lying coastal regions of south East Asia and islands in the south Pacific will be seeking asylum in Australia as climate refugees. What should Australia’s response be?
  2. The Australian government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below 2000 levels by 2020. However, under the emissions trading scheme, Australia does not need to reduce local emissions, but can purchase emission reduction certificates from overseas.
    • What do you think Australia’s emission reduction targets should be by 2020? 2030? 2040?
    • Should these targets be conditional on the actions of other countries?
    • How would these emission reductions be achieved? Could you please describe how the emission reduction schemes that your party proposes will work in practice?
    • What is your position on whether Australia should be required to reduce its local emissions rather than purchasing certificates from overseas?
    • How do you propose to reduce emissions produced in Australia?
  3. Australia is regarded as particularly vulnerable to climate change. Given the lack of action to date, it is inevitable that Australians will be subject to serious impacts, including adverse health impacts and increased mortality due to rising temperatures and heatwaves, changes in rainfall and water availability for drinking and agriculture. What are your policies to reduce the impact of climate change on Australians?
  4. Heatwave induced mortality is expected to increase in inner urban areas like the Wills electorate due to the interaction between climate change driven increasing temperatures and the Urban Heat Island effect. While 173 people lost their lives in the Black Saturday Bushfires, 374 people died in Victoria due to the heatwave according to Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr John Carnie. The 2013 State of Australian Cities report found that heat related deaths are expected to quadruple in number by 2050. What is your response to this public health threat?
  5. Transport is a large contributor to climate change. What are your policies to transform the transport sector to ensure it is sustainable?
  6. Approximately $10 billion is paid out each year to subsidize the use of fossil fuels, including in aviation, which helps to keep the price of flying low. Green groups have proposed that instead of subsidizing activities that contribute to climate change, we should be funding technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions including energy efficiency and renewable energy. What are your policies on these subsidies to fossil fuels? If you propose to remove these subsidies, please describe how you would do so and over what time frame. What are your policies on redirecting these funds to technologies that do not contribute to climate change?
  7. The burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) are major contributors to climate change leading to a substantial carbon bubble in conflict with emission reduction targets, according to the Carbon Tracker Initiative, Grantham Institute, and Australia’s Climate Institute. What are your policies regarding the following: coal exports; use of coal for power generation; use of natural gas for power generation? What would be your strategies for phasing these out?
  8. Households and business can reduce their carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency, solar water heating and generating their own renewable electricity by installing solar panels. Do you support these measures and if so, what are your policies to ensure these measures become widespread? Do you personally use solar hot water and/or solar panels or buy Green Power?
  9. Some councils, including Moreland, have announced that they are carbon neutral. However, this has been achieved partly through the purchase of offsets from overseas projects. What is your position on councils, businesses etc using offsets to claim carbon neutrality?
  10. Food waste is a major source of carbon and methane emissions. What are your policies to reduce food waste and reduce emissions from food waste? Do you personally compost waste food?
  11. Do you know that in Wills we have platypus in Merri Creek? Eastern Grey Kangaroos visit the Fawkner grasslands? We have rare plant species along our creek corridors? Funding for biodiversity has recently been slashed by the federal government. What is your policy on federal government biodiversity funding and species and eco-system conservation?

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