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ACHIEVEMENT: Establish the Metropolitan Environment Forum

TARGET DATE: March 2002 PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: The Metropolitan Environment Forum is a grouping of Melbourne Metropolitan Councils and groups wanting to pursue practical action towards environmental sustainability.

The MEF has been established. I initiated the Metropolitan Environment Forum (MEF) following my observation that there was a need for a local government organisation with its primary purpose to be to achieve practical action. I wrote and moved a notice of motion at Melbourne City Council seeking endorsement for the establishment of the MEF, and for the allocation of $10,000 to assist its development. I was formally Chairperson of the Metropolitan Transport Forum, and in many ways, the initial operation of the MEF has followed similar arrangements.

The MEF is an incorporated association under Victorian Corporations Law. In the near future I will provide a copy of the Articles of the Association on this website.

Membership of the MEF allows Councils to send either one or both an elected Councillor and an officer, who represent a maximum of one vote per member Council. The strength f the MEF lies in the ability of Councillors and officers to interact in an pen and non-hierarchical environment, where ideas are more important than status. Much of the MEF's work is in providing informal lines of access to council decision making, so that often ideas that originated with the MEF are not always identified as having come from its efforts.

Some of the activities the MEF has been involved in progressing are: residential water tanks, community electricity buying groups, hybrid cars, street lighting efficiency, submissions on State Government policy such as the Ecological Sustainability Commissioner, triple bottom line reporting, public transport initiatives, and others.

Council membership costs $500 per year, while membership for other organisations is to be a lesser amount decided on by the MEF itself.

Cr. David Risstrom is currently the elected Convenor. Under the rules of the MEF secretarial support is provided by the Convenor's Council. As David Risstrom is a Melbourne City Councillor, secretariat support is provided by Melbourne City Council.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Metropolitan Environment Forum's website is at: www.mef.org.

An article I wrote for Melbourne News in April 2000 on my initiative to establish the Metropolitan Environment Forum: The Metropolitan Environment Forum: Greater Melbourne is Going Green.


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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