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Addressing urban heat and burn risk in Playgrounds

High burn risk from playground materials with urban heat

“Unshaded synthetic turf is not a safe material to use in playgrounds in hot climates”, claim urban heat researchers based in Sydney in a new peer reviewed study.

Public playgrounds are important for our children to play and exercise. Increasing temperatures with climate change poses a health risk and, in particular, a burn risk to children due to surfaces heating up during hot weather, according to new research.

Researchers Sebastian Pfautsch, Agnieszka Wujeska-Klause, Judi Walters based in University of Western Sydney released the peer reviewed study: Outdoor playgrounds and climate change: Importance of surface materials and shade to extend play time and prevent burn injuries, published in the September 2022 issue of Building and Environment.

The research focussed on impact of urban heat on playground surfaces, and potential for burn injuries. Synthetic turf and other rubber/plastic surfaces were considered as part of this research. It has implications for urban heat of synthetic turf and other rubber and plastics surfaces and prevention of burn injuries, especially to children. This research should also help to inform Moreland Council investigation into Making Sports Playing surfaces sustainable.

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September 2, 2022 at 11:29 pm Leave a comment

Making Sports Playing surfaces sustainable

Clifton Park synthetic turf pitch surface temperature

Moreland Council has ordered a report in the first stage of development of a policy on open space surfaces, and sports fields in particular. The report needs to consider in particular “consideration to our stance on the Climate Emergency, Integrated Water Management, Urban Heat Island Effect and our goal of zero waste by 2030.

At last Council is moving to incorporate triple bottom line principles of environmental, social and financial decision making as mandated under the Local Government Act with regards to sports surfaces decision making.

Brunswick Voice has an article on the debate in Council chambers on 10 August: Climate debate heats up over synthetic turf.

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August 29, 2022 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

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

Moreland Council orders report to consider Fossil Fuel Ad Ban

At Council meeting on 13 July Councillors voted in progressing a Fossil ad ban. Council called for a report on how Council can prohibit advertising on Council-owned property for companies involved in the production or supply of Fossil Fuels.

Yarra Council has also initiated a Fossil Ad Ban.

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July 15, 2022 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Climate and sustainability Comment on Council agenda 13 July 2022

Monthly comment on the Council Agenda, forwarded to all Councillors.
Dear Councillor,

I call your attention to a number of issues in the agenda for 13 July which I would like to provide comment on behalf of Climate Action Moreland:

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July 14, 2022 at 2:16 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

Moreland joins Australian Mayors call for more Disaster support to Local Councils by Federal Government

The South East Queensland Floods, northern NSW Floods and flooding in Sydney suburbs have been a wake up call similar to the Black Summer Bushfires in 2019/2020. The Lismore CBD was decimated by the record floods this year. Extensive Flooding in Lismore has ocurred in 3 of the last 5 years. 1 in 100 year floods

Moreland Mayor Mark Riley joined 30 other Mayors and Councillors from around Australia, including the Lord Mayors of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart, in signing the statement. Citizens can add their support by adding their name: Climate Council: add your name to stand with Local Leaders.

“Heavy rain, flooding, strong winds and storm surges are damaging communities, endangering residents, and costing millions of dollars in clean-up costs. In some regions schools and businesses have been forced to close, the lights have gone out, roads cut off, access to fresh water and food limited and thousands of homes destroyed. Many can no longer afford insurance and will be left with little.”

Statement of Mayors. Full statement and all the Mayor and Councilor signatories (PDF)
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March 24, 2022 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

Moreland adopts new community climate targets: 75% emissions cut by 2030, net zero by 2035, Drawdown by 2040

Snapshot Emissions profile of Moreland for 2019

At the Moreland Council meeting on 8 December Moreland Council briefly debated and adopted new climate targets: both community targets and Council Operations targets. Moreland had previously adoped a net zero by 2040 community target at Council meeting in September 2018.

The Council Officer recommendation was adopted for community emissions

a) 75 per cent emissions reduction by 2030
b) Net zero by 2035
c) Drawdown (‘negative emissions’) by 2040

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December 10, 2021 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

Moreland Council to Phaseout Gas in Fawkner Leisure Centre

Moreland Council will put forward as part of the community consultation on redevelopment of the Fawkner Leisure Centre the phaseout of Fossil gas, as well as keeping the 50 metre outside pool, which was the subject of a strong community campaign.

The redevelopment is proposed to be done in 2 stages. the present plan includes conversion of the gas boiler heat pump to electric heat pump technology. This is estimated to cost $2.6 million.

The Council Officer report makes clear that the redevelopment is the time to do this phaseout of gas as part of the Zero Carbon Moreland framework to reduce emissions to address the climate emergency.

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October 15, 2021 at 1:20 am 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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