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Seeking is the category used by people and organisations who are looking for a response to a local sustainability issue or initiative. For example, contributors may be holding a competition and requiring applications, there may be a conference with a call for papers, or there may be a campaign that’s drumming up support. Alternatively, you may like to know the answer to a local environmental issue – you are welcome to post your question on the site using the “seeking” category. To do so visit the “How to use this site” page and follow the prompts.



Melbourne’s Metropolitan Strategy: Discussion paper open for contributions

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on December 3rd, 2012


Photo by elizabethdonoghue via flickr CC

Information drawn from Urbis Think Tank and Plan Melbourne:

The Discussion Paper, “Melbourne – let’s talk about the future,” is part of the work currently underway in preparation for a new Metropolitan Strategy for Melbourne’s next 3 decades of growth and change.  The paper is intended to stimulate dialogue across the community, private sector and industry around a series of ideas and principles for the future of the city. A draft Metropolitan Plan will then be shaped from the current consultation around these principles, due for release in Autumn 2013.

The Government is calling for input on the proposed principles, which raise fundamental issues around the growth and structure of the city, including:

  • The structure and location of job clusters in the new economy;
  • Opportunities for strategic renewal in areas that are ripe for urban transformation;
  • Partnership opportunities to realise new ways of funding for urban infrastructure;
  • The potential for long term containment of the city by a permanent green belt.

The 9 principles are focused around three key themes:

  • “What most people value about Melbourne”, (principles 1 to 5) exploring ideas that could inform a future vision for Melbourne,
  • “What needs to change”, (principles 6 & 7), focusing on how Melbourne’s urban form should be managed at a metropolitan and local scale.
  • Implementation considerations (principles 8 & 9), focusing on leadership and partnerships.
Opportunities to comment through online forums or event attendance are currently open, with comments closing on March 1, 2013.
>> Read the Discussion Paper
>> Get Involved


Waste and Resource Recovery Policy: Open for comment

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 1st, 2012


From the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy

The Victorian Coalition Government is asking Victorians to help shape the future of waste minimization efforts, ensuring less material goes to landfill and increasing recycling rates.

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith [has] unveiled the Draft Victorian Waste and Resource Recovery Policy for community comment. The policy is designed to help transform the state’s waste management system by setting a long term vision for waste management and resource recovery in Victoria, along with a range of actions to be undertaken over the next 10 years.

“While Victorians are recycling more than ever before, the state?s increased population and the growth in discarded consumer items has seen annual waste generation grow from eight million tonnes in 2000 to around 12.1 million tonnes in 2011,” Mr Smith said. “We want to prevent more waste going into landfill so the environment doesn?t keep paying the price for our consumption.” Mr Smith said based on evidence over the past decade, Victoria’s growing population rate and waste generation trends could, if not tackled, see a 45 per cent increase in waste generation over the next 10 years.

“The priority now is to put in place strong and positive measures to reduce waste and increase recycling,” Mr Smith said. “We must do more to focus our recycling and resource recovery efforts on the materials where there is a strong market demand. “We don’t just want to keep material out of landfill, we want to make sure that something productive is done with it so that it doesn’t become waste in the first place. A strong market based operation will help us achieve that goal,” Mr Smith said. “Our draft policy represents an opportunity to drive further significant and positive environmental reform and demonstrates that we will be doing things differently.

Comments are invited until 23 November 2012.

>>http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/conservation-and-environment/sustainability/waste-management-and-resource-efficiency


Campaign to Invest in Solar Thermal

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2012

Source: Get Up

>>Invest in Solar Thermal

Right now there’s a proposal on the table to replace two of the highest polluting coal fired power stations in Australia with solar thermal. Building Australia’s first solar thermal plant in Port Augusta will help create hundreds of new jobs – and reduce harmful emissions that are contributing to climate change. It will deliver local investment and will do a great deal to mitigate long-standing community concerns about health issues related to the coal fired power plant.

There’s only one group of people who are yet to get behind it, and that’s the Government. Email your ALP MP using our tool [visit the web page] and ask them to commit to using our two existing renewable energy funds (ARENA and the CEFC) to fund Australia’s first solar thermal power plant.

www.getup.org.au/campaigns/climate-action-now/port-augusta/invest-in-solar-thermal


Return to Royal Park: Community Consultation

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2012

The City of Melbourne and the Department of Health are working together on Return to Royal Park, a project to reinstate parkland on the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital, on the corner of Gatehouse Street and Flemington Road, Parkville.

The first phase of community consultation was held over a six week period in March and April 2012. During this phase the community told us their ideas and vision for the reinstated parkland. This information was summarised in the Community Consultation Feedback Report and was used to inform the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan.

We are now inviting your feedback on the Return to Royal Park Ideas Plan during a second phase of community consultation. The second phase of consultation will start on the 15 August 2012 and will run for four weeks, finishing on the 12 September 2012.

A design for this parkland is expected to be complete in 2013 and the parkland reinstated by the end of 2014.

>>Go to the website for more information.


Sustainable Living Festival 2013: Call for events

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 17th, 2012

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL  Call for Event Applications 2013

 

Men And Women Of Victoria, Be A Part Of Australia’s Largest Sustainable Living Festival, 9-24 Feb 2013.

It’s The Biggest Push For Sustainability Of Our Time.

HOST AN EVENT IN YOUR CITY, STREET, LANEWAY OR VENUE.

Join The State Wide Festival And Boost Your Profile Through The Festival’s Promotions & Networks.

 

FOOD | TALKS | DESIGN | ART | FILM | SPORTS | MUSIC

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

www.slf.org.au/festival

PROMO VIDEO – http://festival.slf.org.au/festival-video


Wanted: CERES Aquaponics Farmer

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 17th, 2012

 

Do you have what it takes to run a small hi-tec urban farm as a professional farmer growing high value crops and selling them direct to niche markets and through a veggie box system? We’re looking for a super motivated and entrepreneurial urban farmer to run our Aquaponic Food Hub system as part of our Food Hubs urban farming research project. This is a contract position – we are looking for a farmer who will run our established system (produces 400-700 vegetable units/week), keeping the profit in exchange for pushing the system’s productive potential and helping us document what yields are possible. The position is supported with training and mentorship.

Download the Position Description: Aquaponics Farmer PD July 2012 or go to the job description on the CERES site.


DIY Project: Video competition

Posted in Seeking by sashashtargot on July 6th, 2012


Rocket Stove photo by eustatic via flickr CC

Do you have a creative, quirky or interesting DIY project you’d like to share? Maybe you’ve done an inspiring house retrofit, rigged up a unique greywater system, made a gadget or converted a petrol car to electric.

Grab your camera or even your phone, and send ReNew Magazine a video of under five minutes showing the steps you took in your DIY project, and how it improves your life, saves energy or water, or reduces waste.

Submissions will feature on the Alternative Technology Association’s (ATA) YouTube channel to help inspire others. The winner will receive a $500 EnviroShop gift certificate. To enter, click here.

Entries close on July 31, 2012.

ReNew: Technology for a sustainable future is published by the ATA, a not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable design and water saving.


Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Posted in Seeking by earthwatch on June 8th, 2012

Earthwatch Annual Appeal 2012

Earthwatch Institute is an international not-for-profit environmental organisation which brings science and people together to promote understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
In partnership with scientists, business, government and philanthropic organisations Earthwatch engages a broad range of people in environmental scientific research expeditions in over 50 countries.
According to the CSIRO, Australia has just experienced the hottest decade on record. The climate change science is compelling, but the impact on Australia’s unique flora and fauna remains largely unknown. Earthwatch has developed two new climate change research projects, aimed at building their knowledge and tackling this unparalleled challenge.

The challenge

The rainforests of Northern Queensland’s World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics are home to endangered species such as the northern bettong, mahogany glider, spotted tail quoll and southern cassowary. The cassowary is the only animal that can distribute the seeds of more than 70 species of trees, whose fruit is too large for any other forest dwelling animal to eat and relocate. If land temperatures increase as predicted, only 11% of their habitat will remain, leaving them exposed to further environmental threats. Prof. Stephen Williams and Earthwatch volunteers, require funding to expand this research on the vulnerability of rainforest species and their potential for adapting to climate change.

Coastal mangrove forests are among the richest, most diverse and most vulnerable landscapes on Earth. Mangroves shield coastlines from storms and cyclones, help prevent shoreline erosion, filter pollutants and are nurseries for manta rays, sharks and turtles. They support over 50% of the world’s fisheries and store vast amounts of greenhouse gases. Yet, mangroves are being destroyed at four times the rate of land forests. Working in the Daintree, Dr Norm Duke and volunteers want to set a baseline for assessing the health of unprotected mangroves around the world. Their work will make the case for mangroves to be included in United Nations initiatives to price the carbon stored in different ecosystems and thereby facilitate their protection.

Make a donation today, make a difference

Financial support is vital for Earthwatch to continue funding scientists to carry out critical, conservation research, assisted by our extraordinary volunteers. Your generosity and commitment to helping scientists provide the evidence needed to conserve these remarkable ecosystems is greatly appreciated. Please take the time to donate by visiting earthwatch.org.au/donate or phoning Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828

Every dollar really does count.


Goulburn Valley Food Co-Operative: Open for membership

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on May 25th, 2012


Photo by angelanoel via flickr CC

In late May 2011, Heinz Australia announced what it termed “productivity initiatives to accelerate future growth”. Translated, that meant it was shifting production from plants in Girgarre, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga to New Zealand – 344 jobs would disappear, including all 146 positions at Girgarre which would affect 600 in the Goulburn Valley.

This film captures the effort by farmers, workers and the community to establish a Cooperative Food Hub in the Valley.

In the 12 months since the Heinz announcement, the GV Food Cooperative project has:

  • Brought together expertise across the whole ‘paddock to plate’ food chain
  • Developed new food products based on consumer demand for local produce
  • Found a site for a new factory in Kyabram (20 km from Girgarre)
  • Organised the finances to get this started and is now seeking additional support so that it can be producing Australian Grown food products within the next 12 months.

If you are interested in supporting the GV Food Cooperative please click here.

>> gvfoodcooperative.com


Melbourne Water Draft Strategies: Consultation now open

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on May 4th, 2012

Melbourne Water is preparing two draft strategies: The Healthy Waterways Strategy and The Stormwater Strategy to guide our actions and management of our waterways and stormwater in the period 2013/14 to 2017/18.

The Healthy Waterways Strategy will replace the current Regional River Health Strategy when it expires in 2013. It will guide investment and actions for healthy rivers, estuaries and wetlands from July 2013 to June 2018. Activities that will be guided by this strategy include vegetation management, environmental flows, habitat enhancement and working with communities to achieve healthy waterways.

The Stormwater Strategy is closely linked to the Healthy Waterways Strategy. It will focus on the management of stormwater in rural and urban areas to protect and improve ecosystem health of waterways and bays over the same period. It will see Melbourne Water working with others to achieve multiple community outcomes for stormwater management in relation to liveability, alternative water supply and public health.

We are really keen for your input into finalising these strategies, and will be consulting on both at the same time during May and June 2012.

Online:

You can join in and comment via an online forum, survey and email on the consultation site.
This will be activated in Mid May 2012.

In person:

You can attend one of eight workshops held in May and June throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region to learn more and provide comment.
To register, please go to the consultation site. Registration closes one week prior.

http://consultation.melbournewater.com.au/

Hopefully the Stormwater Strategy will link up with the recommendations in the Living Melbourne, Living Victoria Roadmap released last week. KA