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 Oceania eNews 
July 2014   

 

Where is the responsibility for sustainability and climate change?

In her presentation to the ICLEI 2014 Breakfast at the ALGA National Assembly, Professor Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra focussed on 4 key messages:
  • IPCC 5 highlights the significant implications for cities and coastal development from floods, fires and heat;
  • Science is stronger; yet we see no integrated strategy for Australia;
  • ‘The road to sustainability is through the worlds cities and towns’. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the ICLEI Global Town Hall at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012; and
  • ‘Prevention is better than a cure’. Hippocrates (5th century B.C)
In her concluding remarks Barbara emphasised that, ‘We need a national sustainable development strategy for Australia agreed to by all levels of government in consultation with industry and communities. We are not coping with extreme events already with significant loss to life and assets in recent years. Leadership and a national framework for action on sustainability and climate change is required now to move to a low carbon and healthy future’.
 
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July News

City of Burnside - Stormwater Management Plan



With climate change causing more erratic and extreme weather, it pays councils to be prepared.

In the City of Burnside opportunities to combine stormwater harvesting and water reuse are to be incorporated into flood mitigation projects, where environmentally, socially and economically possible.

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Impact of Sea Level Rise in Port Macquarie Hastings Region


 

Expert coastal engineers were commissioned to examine and develop new maps that show the impact of sea level rise across the local council area. Hardly surprising is that the areas of greatest concern are currently the most flood prone.

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2014 Government Sustainability Conference, Sydney 12 – 13 August

The 2014 Government Sustainability Conference will provide delegates from local government and the wider public sector with comprehensive analysis and advice on how to address crucial environment issues and embed sustainability within their organisations. Case studies of successful and inspirational sustainability initiatives, expert advice from sustainability experts and interactive panel discussions and workshops will be featured at the 2014 event.

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Resilient Cities Asia 2015

Building on the success of the annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience, held in Bonn Germany, ICLEI has announced the first Resilient Cities Asia congress. This will be held in Bangkok from 11 to 13 February 2015. The event aims to provide an Asian platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation where partnerships are forged and concrete dialogues are held, with the ultimate goal of creating lasting impacts for cities in the region. ICLEI Oceania will encourage local governments in our region, including the Pacific Islands, to attend.

For more information click here.

 

Environmental Upgrade Agreements

The City of Perth is pushing ahead with work to encourage Environmental Upgrade Agreement programs for retrofit work to commercial buildings, as the program continues its slow and steady roll out around the country. A recent roundtable in Perth hosted by Norman Disney & Young, and facilitated by global sustainability leader for NDY Tony Arnel, drew a number of key industry participants including from the Property Council, state government, Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating, the Facility Management Association and HFM Asset Management.

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Victorian Super Trade Mission visits Jakarta

A delegation of more than 20 Victorian Government and business representatives, including ICLEI Oceania, visited Jakarta from 18 to 20 June. The delegation hosted a dinner showcasing Victorian business and a forum on Sustainable Urban Development. Delegates then pursued individual discussions with potential partners. ICLEI Oceania's participation in the mission is part of our strategy to harness Australian expertise to assist Indonesia to implement its green economy and infrastructure policies, by linking Australian businesses with Indonesian city governments.

Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL)

The annual conference of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living - ‘Innovation in Asia’, was held in Perth in May. The focus of the conference was exploring opportunities to further engage in science and technology collaboration with Asia. A highlight was the keynote speech on Science and Society from former Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Bob Hawke AC, whose government established the CRC program in 1991.

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Global solar hits 150 GW

The global solar PV industry continues to show strong growth, with over 150 GW of solar PV installed across the world. This growth was led originally by European countries, which between 2005 and 2011 accounted for 60-85% of annual global demand. The last few years have seen steadily declining demand shares in Europe however while demand from the major Asian countries (China, India, Australia, Thailand, and Japan) is projected to account for over half of worldwide solar PV demand (up from 10% demand share in 2010).

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Time is running out


Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency recently said, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases. In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, which pollutes more than the south, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said.
 
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Poll supports some form of price on carbon

Nearly 60% of Australians want the new Senate to negotiate to keep some form of price on carbon pollution for companies, according to a new poll. In addition nearly 70% of people support a scheme where companies pay for emitting carbon pollution (e.g. carbon price), while only 14% support a scheme where the Government pays companies to reduce their pollution (e.g. Direct Action). The World Wildlife Fund-commissioned poll, conducted by ReachTEL and with a sample size of 2839, also said the carbon tax ranked low on budget measures causing the most opposition in the community.

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‘If mayors ruled the world’!  

The 2014 Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference will be held on 28 – 29 October 2014 at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Keynote speaker is academic and author, Dr Benjamin Barber. His recently published book, ‘If mayors ruled the world’ will provide opportunities to discuss and debate the role of cities and towns in meeting the challenges of the 21st century. In a live video link Dr Barber will respond to a panel of mayors and questions and comments from delegates.

For more information, contact Martin Brennan.


 

Slash Australians’ power bills by beheading a duck at night!

Rooftop solar power has slashed Australians' demand for electricity during the day, but left evening peak power demand largely unchanged. That’s why, as strange as it may sound, we now need to behead a duck. With a mix of individual household, power company and government action, we could significantly reduce our demand for the most expensive peak-power that requires massive, wasteful infrastructure spending. In doing so, we could reduce the $350 a year that households without air conditioners are being slugged to subsidise the bills of households running air conditioning at peak times.

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UN Climate Change Conference – Bonn, Germany

Local and subnational governments have a prominent role in addressing climate change. A clarion call for their greater empowerment in a new climate agreement expected as an outcome of the Paris Conference of the Parties in 2015 was sounded at the recently concluded UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The Dialogues presented ground breaking examples on how local action in diverse areas such as low-carbon transport, renewable energy, carbon trading, climate finance and climate change adaptation reduce cities’ carbon emissions and enhance their liveability globally.

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Sustainable Building Awards

 The Australian Institute of Architects annual state awards for Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania were announced on Friday, with those winning the top sustainability gongs going on to claim multiple awards. In Queensland, the Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture went to the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building by Richard Kirk Architect and HASSELL. The jury described the collaborative effort as a “significant benchmark in sustainability within a complex building program of research, teaching and learning”.

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Call for applications for the Regional Executive Committee



The Oceania Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) is mandated to represent the Oceania region – Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations. The Oceania RexCom will have 5 members who shall serve a three year term.

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Show us Auckland’s future in 60 seconds

Young Aucklanders are being asked to produce a 60-second video showing their vision for the future of our region, to help the City develop the Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025. The LTP will set out significant investment in Auckland’s future, with major plans on the table for transport, the environment, events and community development.

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Cr Jinty MacTavish speaks out for a resilient City of Dunedin, New Zealand



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Call for expressions of interest in the 2015 ICLEI World Congress



The triennial ICLEI World Congress is the flagship assembly for ICLEI Member local governments and the extended ICLEI community worldwide.

Contact Martin Brennan for more information.

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Membership

ICLEI World Secretariat based in Bonn provides a range of programs for towns and cities to participate that add value to their sustainability and climate action policies and practices.

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The Oceania Secretariat provides advocacy, networking, information sharing and targeted projects that enhance the work of Members and informs the broader Local Government sector.


Host City, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

Join the ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn Group


LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations and allows members to strengthen and extend their existing network of trusted contacts.

It's a great way to share stories and invite discussion on sustainability practices and approaches that are working in your Council is via the ICLEI Oceania LinkedIn group.

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ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Chair - Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Paddi Creevey, Former Mayor, City of Mandurah, Western Australia
Wayne Walker, Councillor, City of Auckland, New Zealand
Troy Pickard, Mayor, City of Joondalup, Western Australia - Global Executive Committee Member (Biodiversity Portfolio)
Member - Global Biodiversity Portfolio & Cr Cathy Oke, Global Water and Sanitation Portfolio

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
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