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Keep the Federal Government accountable for the Environment: Get Up Campaign

Posted in Movements, Policies by Kate Archdeacon on December 5th, 2012

Keep Federal Government Environment Power!

At a meeting this week the Federal Government will further its plan to hand over its environmental oversight and protection responsibilities to the States. The Business Council of Australia, who came up with the idea, want a blank permission slip to mine, log, or develop wherever they like. It beggars belief that the Prime Minister would want to hand over power to the States at a time like this. Former NSW government ministers are being investigated for multi-million dollar corruption in relation to Hunter Valley mining licenses. Queensland’s Campbell Newman is trying to allow giant coal ports inside the Great Barrier Reef. While in Tasmania miners want to dig up the ancient rainforests of the Tarkine.

If it weren’t for the protection of the Federal government, we would have lost places like the Great Barrier Reef, the Franklin River, the Daintree Rainforest and Fraser Island a long time ago. Don’t let this happen! With your support we’ll take out full-page ads, starting in The Australian on the day of the COAG meeting, asking the Prime Minister and Environment Minister Tony Burke to step up to their responsibilities, not hand them over to Barry O’Farrell, Campbell Newman and the other Premiers.

>> You can chip to help run the ads using the secure tool on the site.

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

Bring back the Bike Budget: Rally tomorrow morning

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 20th, 2012

21 June , 2012
7:30 amto8:30 am

World Naked Bike Ride 2012 photo by Charles Van den Broek via flickr CC

Bicycle Network Victoria is inviting every person who rides a bike and cares about the safety of our streets to attend the before-work rally from 7.30-8.30, Thursday, 21 June to express their amazement and disappointment at the Baillieu decision to cut funding for bike infrastructure to zero.

“Ted Baillieu’s Government has snubbed the 1.1 million Victorians riding a bike every week and ignored the million more who want to join in but are waiting for appropriate facilities to appear,” Bicycle Network Chief Executive Officer Harry Barber said.

“We’re going to tell the Baillieu Government that we are amazed and disappointed that they seem to think doing nothing on bike infrastructure is an option – it’s not.

“The Baillieu Government have not grasped the unique ability of bikes to improve the carrying-capacity of our already congested road network. The simple truth is more cars can’t be added to already jammed roads but what we can do, for a small investment, is move thousands more people along existing roadways just by installing appropriate bike facilities.

“Thousands are already riding every day, thousands more want to ride but are waiting for the Government to act – Mr Baillieu, his Government and his zero-bike Budget are failing Victorians.”

Support for the rally is growing across the bike riding community. A number of groups and clubs have organised riders to travel to the rally together. Meeting places so far include:

  • Footscray – 7.00am Hyde Street opposite the Police Station.
  • North Melbourne – 7am North Melbourne Pool, 1 Macauley Rd – coordinated by Melbourne Bicycle User Group
  • Coburg – 6.30am Coburg Railway Station.
  • East Brunswick – 7.00am Café L’Amour, 76 Lygon St, East Brunswick, coordinated by Moreland Bicycle User Group.
  • Carlton – 7.00am Outside Dan O’Connell Hotel, Corner Princes and Canning Streets – coordinated by Yarra Bicycle Users Group.
  • Northcote – 7.00am, Jika Jika Community Centre, Corner Plant and Union Streets – coordinated by Darebin Bicycle User Group.
  • Brighton – 6.45am, corner Bay St and Nepean Highway.
  • Richmond: 7:00am Elizabeth Street and Church Street—outside the commission flats.

The Moreland and Yarra Councils have also passed resolutions supporting the rally. Moreland Council is promoting the rally and encouraging all staff who want to attend to do so. Yarra Council has adopted a similar supportive position and also “authorises a City of Yarra banner or banners being taken to the rally and displayed”.

High performance riders are also getting on board. The North Road Group – a regular Thursday early morning training ride to Mordialloc for road riders – has modified its course and timing and will now finish at the Parliament House steps in time to join the start of the rally at 7.30am.

The 2012 Victorian Budget papers show the government has allocated zero funding to the VicRoads Bicycle Program. (Some already-announced commitments from previous budgets are still trickling through. The Baillieu Government is trying to hide behind these carry over items.)

No high priority infrastructure projects planned for next year have been funded and desperately needed lanes, signals, intersections and other urgent safety improvements have been scrapped. The decision will increase the level of risk for existing riders and stop new riders joining in an activity that improves community health and cuts congestion.

7.30-8.30am, Thursday, 21 June

Sharing Government and Community Facilities: BSL Lunchtime Seminar

Posted in Events, Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on April 20th, 2011

28 April , 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Image: via flickr CC

A Lunchtime Seminar presented by the Research & Policy Centre at The Brotherhood of St Laurence:

A public inquiry investigated the sharing of government and community facilities in Victoria, for example using school buildings after hours or local council neighbourhood houses. A cost/benefit framework was explored. Some 20,000 facilities exist in Victoria, but what is the role of government in managing benefits and costs? What governance and commercial principles apply? There is potential for increasing the sharing of facilities and the associated social inclusion benefits but control from the top would be unwise. The (then) government accepted most of the inquiry recommendations. The conclusions provide community organizations with a basis for pursuing their expectations of government.

Robert Kerr is an economist working as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence. His career was in the Commonwealth Treasury and the Productivity Commission, and latterly as a Commissioner of the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Thursday 28 April 2011 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

Brotherhood of St Laurence, Fr Tucker’s room 67 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Visit the website for more details and to RSVP.

Jobs for the Future Economy

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on May 12th, 2010

Source: Sustainable Living Space

Jobs Future Economy – Victoria’s Action Plan for Green Jobs sets out actions across Government to secure jobs in a low carbon economy. These actions support jobs growth and will improve environmental outcomes. They are designed to build resilience in our economy, maximise investment, facilitate regional development, and encourage businesses, families and communities to reduce their energy and water consumption.  This Action Plan outlines what we can do right now to facilitate green investment and secure jobs for the long-term. It provides incentives to accelerate innovation and the uptake of green technologies, and signals how we will build the green skills needed in our workforce – providing our children with skills for the new economy.

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State of the Cities – Unlocking the Data Conference

Posted in Events by Virginia on May 10th, 2009

This conference is aimed at achieving better City information on liveability, prosperity and environmental sustainability at the Federal, State and Local levels and within academia and the private sector. It is supported by the Major Cities Unit and colleagues in the other capital cities.

Event: State of the Cities-Unlocking the Data Conference

When: 27th May – 29th May.  Program available here.

Where: Yarra Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne

Register for the event here.  For more information, please visit the website.

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