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