Oceania eNews 
May 2013   

From the Desk of the CEO              


May is promising to be a busy and productive month. I will be travelling to Auckland with the Director, City Planning and Infrastructure, City of Melbourne, Geoff Lawler and ICLEI Director, Thriving Neighbourhoods, Wayne Wescott.

We will be presenting to the Governing Body and meeting with staff from across the administration involved in transport, water, energy, climate change and urban forests. We will also be participating in a one day forum titled 'Lifting our Game: Thriving Neighbourhoods in Action' and Geoff will be the keynote speaker at Auckland Conversations. The presentation will focus on the work of the City of Melbourne to retain its highly valued status as one of the world’s most liveable and sustainable cities. 

Following travel to Auckland I will be heading to the Resilient Cities Conference (May 30 – June 2) in Bonn, Germany and also attending the meeting of ICLEI Regional and Country Directors from around the world as we discuss and collaborate on joint ventures for our respective cities and towns. This is an important part of ICLEI’s regional secretariat work; bringing the best to our cities and towns in exchange for the best we can offer their cities and towns.

Martin Brennan

CEO & Regional Director
ICLEI Oceania

May News

Meeting in Mandurah

Mayor Paddi Creevey plays an important international and regional role on behalf of ICLEI. Whilst in Perth last month, Martin Brennan caught up with Paddi fresh from a Radio interview in her City of Mandurah to be briefed on her recent visit to Durban, South Africa in which she participated in a workshop focused on the Durban Adaptation Charter. Also discussed were the changes proposed for the WA Water Campaign following meetings with the Department of Water and the annual ICLEI Recognition and Briefing Breakfast to be held at the WALGA Convention in August. As a member of the Oceania RexCom, Paddi provides advice to the committee on the opportunities and challenges that local councils face in the west and on the broader national front, the work of councils on adaptation and resilience to climate change impacts.

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ICLEI Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions

Future urban infrastructure solutions were showcased at the Metropolitan Solutions tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, from 8 to 12 April 2013. In parallel, ICLEI held its Global Town Hall®, the paramount dialogue and networking platform tackling urban infrastructure solutions.

The Global Town Hall® is a response to city's growing needs for low carbon, low-risk, eco-friendly, durable and economical infrastructure solutions. While local leaders will get to know the world’s most cutting edge and sustainable solutions, the platform also allows the business to learn about the real needs and challenges faced by cities today.

Future Directions for NSW Local Government - Twenty Essential Steps  

The report of the Local Government Review Panel was released in April and is a progress report for further consultation on the future of local government in NSW. It sets out the latest thinking of the Independent Local Government Review Panel made up of Graham Sansom, Jude Munro and Glen Inglis. It builds on ‘Better, Stronger Local Government: The Case for Sustainable Change’ which the Panel released in November 2012. The Panel’s final report is due in September 2013 and no doubt the 20 steps will be debated long and hard in council chambers and their communities across the state.
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Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference

Registrations for TN2103 Conference are open plus the call for abstracts.

The program is being finalised over the coming weeks. Robert Hammond, co-founder High Line NYC, will be a keynote speaker and will deliver in addition workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Planning for Disaster: Melbourne's Future, Four Degrees Hotter

“When we think about cities of the future, we think about edgy architecture and technological breakthroughs. But what we should be thinking about is how to plan for a Melbourne that seems likely to be four degrees warmer by 2080.

Unfortunately, Victoria – along with Brisbane and New South Wales – has weakened controls on planning for climate change, even in the face of recent fires and floods”.

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World Renewable Energy Congress – Australia 2013

14 to 18 July 2013  - Murdoch University, Western Australia

Bringing together industry, academics, researchers, government, community organisations and students to discuss renewable energy for sustainable development & decarbonisation.

14 July 2013, 5.30-7.00pm - Fremantle Town Hall

A FREE community event, ‘Renewable Energy: No Joke?’

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Smart Planning for Urban Growth Can Minimise Flood Risks

The Drum Opinion - Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra
“As communities across eastern Australia begin the flood clean-up, it's clear we are not managing the impacts of extreme weather. Better planning of urban growth could help to minimise the damage in future. Barbara Norman focuses on what measures can be taken to minimise risk to current and future coastal communities”.
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Net Balance Sponsors Prestigious Banksia Award for Local Government Sustainability

Net Balance is proud to be the sponsoring the prestigious Banksia Foundation Local Government Sustainability Award, and with their recent merger with ECO-Buy, the Local Government Sustainable Procurement Award. This important three-year partnership builds on Net Balance’s long-standing association with the Awards and Director Terence Jeyaretnam as head of the Banksia Foundation Audit Panel. The Local Government Sustainability Award sponsored by Net Balance, recognises organisational leadership by fully integrating sustainability principles and practices into operational activities at all levels and reducing the organisation's footprint
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High Line, New York City Finalist in International Public Art Award

The first international award for public art was recently announced by the Institute of Public Art and Shanghai University College of Fine Arts. Out of 141 projects from across the world, 26 were commended as ‘outstanding cases,’ with 6 projects being selected as finalists by the jury. The Highline in New York by Creative Time, James Corner Field Operations, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf is one of the 6 finalists!

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South East Coastal Adaptation Study - Out Now

The Final Report on ‘Coastal Urban Climate Futures in South East Australia from Wollongong to Lakes Entrance’ is now available. The report investigates possible coastal urban futures to 2030 and beyond with a focus on coastal adaptation in the context of climate change. The report is broad in its scope and considers environmental, social and economic changes in the south east coastal region. The study involved seven local government areas - Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega and East Gippsland, two states and several regional organisations and explores some of the critical governance issues.
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‘Good Cycles’ and a Good Idea Comes to Melbourne

Get your bike serviced and support a good cause. Is your bike in need of a little love and attention? Are you avoiding getting it serviced because you’re busy and don’t want to take time out during the day or at the weekend? We have a solution. Good Cycles’ expert bike doctors are fully mobile. Our professional mechanics service bikes at offices, universities and in public places across Melbourne. Book your bike in and have it taken care of by a highly skilled mechanic at a place convenient to you.
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The 48 EcoFilm Challenge

The Eco Film Fest, 24 to 26 May, launches the world’s largest eco film focus across the planet, the ‘48 EcoFilm Challenge.' The fest is an international event currently offered to over 50 cities around the globe. It is open to all filmmakers from all cultures, interests and walks of life; from first timers to professionals, all are welcome. This film initiative, developed in Australia and proudly supported by NRMA Motoring and Services, invites creative and passionate filmmakers from around the world to take up the challenge to devote one weekend, make short ‘EcoFilms’ that focus on one ‘EcoTheme’ about our one planet.

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ICLEI Indonesia Office Bulletin

The new ICLEI Office based in Jakarta is now in full swing, conducting introductory climate change workshops in Bogor, Sukabumi
and Cimahi, all in Western Java. 

click here to see a copy of the first ICLEI Indonesia Bulletin or click here to read more about the latest international program updates.

City of Vincent Awarded Contract for Ground Breaking Water Saving Study

The City of Vincent has been awarded a contract to investigate the option of re-using the waste water component in an active sewerage system as a clean and secure water source. This was done primarily to recharge the Hyde Park Lakes and its parks and gardens.

If the feasibility study is successful, Vincent will be one of the first Councils in the Perth metropolitan area to undertake sewer mining as a future water source.

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What Should be Australia's Emissions Reduction Target?

On Tuesday 7 May 2013 a seminar from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm will be held at at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney by the Grattan Institute.

Speakers will include Anthea Harris, CEO Climate Change Authority, Issues Paper Tony Wood, Grattan Institute Energy Program Director
The Climate Change Authority has released an Issues Paper as part of its first review of the caps and targets that Australia should adopt for 2020 and toward its long-term emission reduction goal.
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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.

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Host City, ICLEI Oceania Secretariat

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Posts are updated weekly, so have your say and start reading the Thriving Neighbourhoods blog today!

ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee – RexCom

Chair - Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Paddi Creevey, 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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