Oceania eNews 
April 2014   



Dear Colleagues,  

As a member of the Regional Executive Committee (RexCom) I am pleased to introduce the April edition.

As Chair, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee of the Auckland Council, ICLEI supports local governments’ commitment to sustainable development. 
 The Auckland Council was established in 2010 through an amalgamation of councils in the wider Auckland region and has a population of 1.4 million. We have a governing body consisting of a mayor elected by all Aucklanders and 20 councillors elected on a ward basis. I represent the Albany Ward. 
To complement the role of the Council there are 21 local boards. The governing body focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. Local boards represent their local communities and make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities. 
Currently we are reviewing Auckland’s Long-term Plan (LTP) 2012-2022. This happens every three years and provides an opportunity to ensure that we are delivering on the opportunities provided by our scale whilst addressing the  needs of our local neighbourhoods for improved liveability and a sustainable future. 

Auckland Council has just released a proposed Low Carbon Strategic Action Plan  - an initiative I have led from the outset - currently open for comment. The plan represents a collaborative exercise involving participants across multiple work-streams largely outside of Council. The next step will be to externalize the plan and its implementation. 
I trust that you will find in this edition of eNews information and inspiration for your work and look forward to your feedback. 
Cr Wayne Walker 
Auckland Council 

April News

Urban Water and Landscape Regeneration Forum

Representatives from local and state government joined community groups at the ICLEI Oceania ‘Urban Water and Landscape Regeneration’ Forum held last month in Perth as part of the Water Campaign program in Western Australia. There were some key messages presented to over 60 attendees, who attended the Forum at the WA Ecology Centre in the beautiful 437-hectare urban bushland area of Bold Park in the suburb of City Beach, Perth.

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For further information contact Greg Hales - Manager, Water Campaign


City of Marion crowned Australia's most sustainable city 2013

The Award recognises City of Marion achievements in community and civic beautification, presentation, health, wellbeing and pride. It also recognises the partnerships between government, business, industry and local community networks. Finalists for 2013 were: Launceston, Tasmania; City of Moreland, Victoria; City of Canada Bay, New South Wales; Canberra Indian Myna Action Group, ACT; Brisbane City Council, Queensland; City of Marion, South Australia; City of Swan, Western Australia.

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Annual ICLEI Breakfast at the ALGA National General Assembly

Bookings are essential for the ICLEI Breakfast to be held on Tuesday 17 June 7.15 am – 8.30 am in the National Convention Centre, Canberra. This is an opportunity to hear about the local, regional and global activities of ICLEI over the past 12 months and to meet colleagues from councils across Australia committed to sustainable development. ‘Getting Down to Business’ means planning and building our cities and towns to be sustainable and to support thriving neighbourhoods.

For bookings contact Sue Oliver.

IPCC report: 'No one will be untouched by climate change'

Flooding, storm surges, droughts and heatwaves are among key risks of global warming that will pose growing threats to humans in the future due to rising temperatures. No one on the planet will be untouched by the damaging effects of global warming in coming decades, the chairman of the organisation behind the world’s most comprehensive climate change study to date warned on Monday.

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Christiana Figueres to be Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2014

We are pleased to welcome Christiana Figueres as a co-patron to this year's Resilient Cities Congress! She heads the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is also one of our endorsing partners.

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Expressions of interest contact: Martin Brennan.

202020 Vision

Could the answer to urban farming be underground? In London, Zero Carbon Food has found the answers to urban food security 33 meters below the surface. The 2.5 hectare farm produces a whole range of different produce including pea shoots, rocket, radish, pak choi and miniature broccoli. The founders are also committed to eventually supplying electricity back to the grid. As well as using 70% less water than conventional farming, the LED lights provide consistent temperatures all year round so there is no risk of failed crops.

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COP Biodiversity

Last month a meeting was held with the Governor of Gangwon Province at the Gangwon Provincial Government Building to endorse an agreement to jointly host the “Cities Biodiversity Summit” during the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12) on 12-14 October 2014. The Summit, will be co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ICLEI and Gangwon Province, in cooperation with ICLEI Korea, ICLEI Cities for Biodiversity Centre.

For further information contact: Martin Brennan.

Whitehorse City and Peak Oil

Oil is a finite resource – ‘peak oil’ refers to the point in time when maximum oil production is reached. Beyond that point, less and less oil is produced each year leaving a growing gap between supply and the world’s rapidly increasing demand. As a result, petrol prices are likely to remain unstable and follow a rising trend. The Victorian community and economy are extremely vulnerable to the effects of peak oil. In response to this, Whitehorse City Council developed a Peak Oil Action Plan in 2011.

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The carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) is the leading global reporting platform of local climate action. It enables cities and Local Governments to demonstrate their power and potential to reduce climate risks and move towards global low-emissions and climate resilient development through the reporting of energy and climate commitments, greenhouse gas emissions as well as mitigation and adaptation actions.

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Mayors Rule

At a time when ‘urbanity now defines humanity', Benjamin Barber believes local governments led by city mayors can do more, more quickly. He argues that national governments are too preoccupied with sovereign issues to really take care of the fabric of society, so this in turn is falling more and more often to local government. City mayors should have more control over global policy suggests Barber, since they are politicians who get bold things done. Here are 10 mayors from around the world whose bold accomplishments have improved their cities, and even their countries.

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Benjamin Barber Interview

Trees for Heat

Australia’s major cities routinely rank among the world’s most liveable. But for all our clean streets, good healthcare and educational opportunities, one of the things we have to contend with is our sweltering summer heat. Urban vegetation has an important role in easing these temperatures, which means that a city’s public parks, remnant woodlands, residential gardens, nature strips, street trees, green roofs, green walls and rain gardens are all vital for maintaining its liveability.

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2014 Local Government Research Showcase and Forum

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) will be hosting its 2014 Research Forum on 30 April 2014 in Pullman, Albert Park Hotel, Melbourne, The Forum is being held in partnership with the LGMA National Congress & Business Expo, and will take place the day prior to the start of the Congress.

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Sydney Town Hall…. a step closer to being a model of energy efficiency

Sydney City Council has endorsed a plan to further investigate the installation of a local, low carbon trigeneration plant in Sydney Town Hall, its offices and indoor pools. Trigeneration plants use natural or renewable gases to produce electricity. The heat by-product from the process that is wasted at centralised power stations is captured and used for air conditioning, heating and hot water services – making the facilities more than twice as efficient as coal-fired power plants.

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Community Food Gardens

Community food gardens are local places where people can come and grow delicious healthy fresh fruit and vegetables together in a supportive and creative environment, socialise and get to know others in their neighbourhood. The City of Stirling has a Community Food Garden Grants Program Policy, which recognises the value of Community Food Garden projects in fostering the social, environmental and economic development of local communities.

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Seoul Metropolitan Government hosts ICLEI World Congress 2015

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is proud to announce that the 2015 edition of ICLEI World Congress will take place in Seoul, South Korea from 8-12 April 2015. The triennial event is the flagship assembly for ICLEI Member local governments and the extended ICLEI community worldwide, and will provide local governments with the practical solutions that they need to accelerate towards their ambitious sustainability goals.

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Expressions of interest contact: Martin Brennan.


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. 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. An invite will be coming your way soon.

ICLEI Oceania Regional Executive Committee–RexCom

Chair - Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, South Australia
Cathy Oke, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Victoria
Mayor Paul Pisasale, City of Ipswich, Queensland
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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