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ACHIEVEMENT: The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games are a Green Games that minimises its environmental impact and presents as a demonstration of what can be achieved in holding major events.


DESCRIPTION: Melbourne, Australia is hosting the 2006 Commonwealth Games, a forerunner of the British based Empire Games. Greening of the Commonwealth Games would involve using the opportunities the Games present to minimise the environmental impact the Games have and allow them to be a springboard for new and better ideas on how we can limit our negative impact on the planet while improving our enjoyment of it.

The bulk of the Games activities and the Commonwealth Village being developed to house the Games' athletes are within the municipal boundaries of the City of Melbourne. As a Melbourne City Councillor, in conjunction with representatives of the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA) and Royal Park Protection Society met an numerous occasions with the Victorian Minister responsible for the Games, Justin Madden, and his advisers.

As a result of the representations made and notice of motion put forward through Melbourne City Council, a government inquiry was established to enquire as to how the Games could be made more sustainable. I gave evidence to that enquiry, in conjunction with Robyn Leeson and Geoff Lawler, staff of the City of Melbourne. We presented a Melbourne City Council endorsed submission that put forward proposals for a carbon neutral, water and material efficient Games. The overwhelming bulk of the submission we presented was adopted for implementation.

While we had sought targets and measurable goals for the Greening of the Games, this did not happen. Furthermore, despite assurances that sustainability would become a primary consideration for the State government, the initial rafts fo legislation was concerning with legislative machinery provisions excising Games venues from State planning, heritage and other laws, and made no reference whatsoever to sustainability.

In the absence of stated, objective and measurable standards, the extent to which the Games could be considered as a Green Games will be something that is a matter of judgement once the event is held and passed.



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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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