Moreland Council reinstates climate projects   

[By Sean BrocklehurstMoreland residents were outraged when they heard Moreland City Council had voted to cut $100,000 from its Carbon Management Plan in the council’s budget last month. This cut the budget for climate action from $525,000 to $424,000 and would have resulted in some of the council’s solar energy projects not going ahead. Continue reading

Reportback from June council meeting

Divestment from fossil fuels

[By Sue Bolton] On June 11, the Moreland council became the first council in Australia to threaten divest from a bank if it continues to invest in fossil fuel projects. Moreland council has traditionally banked with the Commonwealth Bank. Since 2008, the Big Four banks (Commonwealth, ANZ, Westpac and NAB) have invested $18.8 billion in fossil fuel projects in Australia. The Commonwealth Bank provides more than $1 billion to projects that will ship coal and gas through the Great Barrier Reef. Continue reading

Unanimous council vote for our motion to protect the vulnerable during heatwaves

[By Sue Bolton] In the wake of Victoria’s scorching January heatwave and the more recent fire crisis, I successfully moved at the February 12 Moreland City Council meeting for the council to:

  1. Investigate possible buildings and services in the local area which could be used as ‘heat refuges/relief centres” in time for the 2014-15 summer heatwaves;
  2. Assess the cost to council of the extra staff hours to cope with heatwave responses, the air-conditioning of extra spaces opened up to the public etc.;
  3.  Investigate cost and options to provide targeted material assistance to at-risk groups including water, public transport tickets, sunscreen, ‘heatwave packs’ and, where appropriate, cooling appliances. Continue reading

Climate action must include people-protection measures

heat-wave[By Dave Holmes] Victoria’s scorching January heatwave has focused a lot of attention on the problem of coping with the immediate fallout from climate change. According to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, in the period January 13-23 there were 139 deaths in excess of the expected average. There were reports of homeless people being forced away from airconditioned areas as they sought relief from the relentless heat. Continue reading

Protest shames banksters

Banksters[By Chris Peterson] Australia’s four biggest banks — the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, NAB and Westpac — dubbed the “banksters”, were condemned for crimes against people and the environment during a protest in Coburg’s Victoria St mall on June 29. Protesters marched to each bank, cordoned of the entrance to create a symbolic crime scene and read out a charge sheet. Continue reading