Oceania eNews 
August 2014   


Car dependency and population growth

The Australian population continues to surge with Melbourne growing the fastest. A recent ABS report shows growth around 10% in outer Melbourne suburbs such as Point Cook and higher in inner areas: Melbourne (23%) and Abbotsford (20%).

These extra people bring extra cars.

The outer suburban challenge can be seen at railway stations. The new Point Cook station car park (Williams Landing) is already overflowing well before all of the nearby houses have been built.

The inner suburban challenge can be imagined by considering the 15,000 space car park at the Melbourne Airport. A car park of this size will be needed in the City of Port Phillip, for example, over the next twenty years.

To help avoid such unacceptable futures ICLEI is developing a program called Mobility Choices that focuses on increasing people's mobility choices so they can reduce their car dependence.

Cutting current car ownership and use seems unimaginable, but a careful, voluntary, long-term program can do for car ownership what we have all succeeded in doing with our drinking water.

If you are interested in Mobility Choices please contact Harry Barber 0407 491 182

Harry Barber
Director, Program Development

July News

City of Sydney Council’s solar roll-out

One of the largest installations of its kind in Australia, an 80-year-old recreation centre in The Rocks is set to become the 18th site to receive the 'solar treatment'. The 82,215-kilowatt per annum system covering 362.65 square metres of roof will save 87 tonnes of emissions a year.

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City of Mandurah continues to reduce its carbon footprint

Geothermal heating has been identified as the most cost effective and long-term sustainable heating method for the redeveloped Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre (MARC). Utilising a renewable energy source ensures that around 2,300 tonnes of CO2 emissions will be avoided and significant energy cost savings in gas, which is currently the primary heating source.

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Brazil’s largest city to eliminate minimum parking requirements

Largely lost in the midst of the World Cup, on 30 June, São Paulo released its strategic master plan that will direct sustainable growth for the next 16 years and includes the most progressive parking policy of any developing megacity. The city is set to become the first developing megacity to eliminate parking minimums that currently require developers to build a designated amount of parking to serve housing and commercial uses.

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10 of the most innovative sustainability solutions from cities across the globe

These ideas are taken from the 2014 Sustainia 100 report – an “annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world” that launches today. One chapter in the report focuses specifically on city solutions, and this year’s ten are below. All these ideas are already in use in cities.

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From Seoul to Changwon, in search of the world’s best bike-share scheme

Not long ago, so South Korea residents of 15 or more years tell me, taking a bike to the streets of Seoul would have indicated a death wish. But then somehow, in less time than it took to rise from dire poverty amid the wreckage of war to the kind of envy-of-Asia wealth it enjoys today, the country became surprisingly bikeable.

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Green MashUP: carbon price – it’s over, but not for long

Australia is a case book study of the politics of climate change, and it will reverberate around the world. The carbon tax has been scrapped but this is just a blip – carbon produced in Australia will eventually have a price, whether people like it or not. A price on carbon is inevitable.

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Climate action transparency key to trustworthiness

New carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) report reveals that global voluntary reporting of local climate action triggers trustworthiness, access to finance and citizen engagement. 422 local and subnational governments from 44 countries serving 12% of the world’s urban population are on track to trustworthiness, according to the carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR) 2013 Annual Report.

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Paris becomes first city to extend bike sharing scheme to children

Paris has added 300 children's bikes, including balance bikes and bikes with stabilisers, to the city’s successful Velib scheme. Parisians have welcomed the launch of the new cycle hire scheme that encourages children as young as two to cycle. The scheme provides for 300 bikes for children located at five green and pedestrianised spaces across the city.

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Green Cities 2015 is now open for abstracts

We’re searching for good ideas. Green Cities 2015 is now open for abstracts.

Sustainable cities are connected cities – so if you’ve got a great idea, project or initiative that could help connect people and place, we want to hear from you. This year we are calling for abstracts that answer the following question: How does your initiative connect people and place to achieve the best outcomes for buildings, business, communities and cities?
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IUCN World Parks Congress

The Conference will welcome over 3000 people from 160 countries to Australia at Sydney Olympic Park 12 -19 November. With its theme “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”, the Congress will bring together people from all walks of life to showcase protected areas as the best investment in our planet’s – and our own – future.

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Greener Neighbourhoods

Kāpiti residents have been called on to spend eight months creating the kind of community they want to live in: one where neighbours know and care about each other and our shared impact on the planet?

Launched in late July, Greener Neighbourhoods is a new community-led, Council-supported initiative for groups of five or more households. At its heart it’s about increasing resilience, building community and reducing environmental impact.

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NSW wants to be the “California of Australia” on energy and environment

New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said the state could be Australia’s answer to California as he launched a new resource efficiency policy that will see government agencies pursuing solar leasing, energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, minimum 4.5 star NABERS ratings and environmental upgrade agreements.

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Plastic bags now banned from recycling – Palmerston North Council

Palmerston North residents have been reminded that Council will issue strike notices to those residents who repeatedly place plastic bags in their recycling. "There has been a reduction of between 60 and 70 percent which is fantastic. This tells us that residents are taking notice. It also means the working conditions for staff are much nicer as they no longer have to handle bags that contain unpleasant items’, said Rob Green, council's waste and water services manager.

EcoProcura 2014, 24 - 26 September in Ghent, Belgium

ICLEI and the City of Ghent, Belgium are pleased to announce the EcoProcura 2014 conference. EcoProcura 2014 will be held on 24-26 September 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. The EcoProcura conference series provides a dynamic and unique setting for exchange and equips participants with essential information on implementing sustainable public procurement and procurement of innovation.

Click to download the Invitation

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Urban Protected Areas Profiles and best practice guidelines

As Ted Trzyna the author of ‘Urban Protected Areas’ points out, ‘the wildest and remotest places on Earth, the most imperilled species on Earth will be protected only if urban people care about nature where they live.’ Until recently, urban protected areas have been neglected by the international conservation community. That they are being given more attention is mainly due to the efforts of the Urban Specialist Group of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.

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Global renewables upswing, via wind

Clean energy investment continued to be on the upswing in the second quarter of the year, building on the momentum seen in the first quarter. Investment was up 9 per cent at $US63.6 billion during the April-June period, with China leading the list of countries pumping money into the sector, followed by the US, according to the latest quarterly update from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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San Fernando City

On his recent visit to the Philippines, Steve Gawler, ICLEI International Programs, met with the Mayor of San Fernando City, Hon Pablo Ortega. Steve was accompanying the Manila ICLEI team to city workshop visits at San Fernando and Bacnotan, about 6 hours north of Manila. San Fernando has an amazing array of community-based environmental and climate change initiatives including relocation of a fishing community to an eco-village, volunteer sea-watch and livelihoods projects, village waste recycling and re-use, EcoSan waterless toilets, mangrove planting and propagation.

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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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)

Host City, Water Campaign Australia
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