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ROSA'S RAVE

Rosa The City Girl

CURRENT ISSUES DURING 2002 AS SEEN BY ROSA RISSTROM - THE POLICY WATCHDOG

Rosa, the Greens' Melbourne City Council policy watchdog keeps a watching brief on ideas, issues and policies. If there are issues you think need to be discussed, please contact either Rosa at rosa@davidrisstrom.org or me at: david@davidrisstrom.org. I will endeavour to respond as soon as humanly, or otherwise, possible. I will e-mail you, and if appropriate, post a response on this website. Rosa last updated this site on 5 May 2005.


1 JANUARY 2003

HI HO, HI HO, IT'S OFF TO 2003 WE GO….

Have a great 2003. For current views from me, Rosa the MCC Policy Watchdog, please go to Rosa's Rave. My comments from 2002 are on this site below.

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30 DECEMBER 2002

HAPPY 2003.

A friend in Finland [north of the father country], Kaarin Taipale, Chairperson of ICLEI International sent me this reminder of colder times and a good future: Happy New Year It runs off powerpoint. Enjoy it and the coming year. I'm looking after the fort while David goes to Federation Square tonight for New Years. See you then: Rosa

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30 DECEMBER 2002

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKER TO BE GIVEN THEIR MARCHING 2003 ORDERS

March 2003 local government elections roll closer. The results of interviews held today at the Greens office for the Victorian Local Government Campaign Co-ordinator will be announced on Thursday. From here on it will be action stations.

Don't forget the information day coming up on Jan 12 2003 at the Greens office.

I was disappointed to have my paw-written application for the job rejected. Personally, I thought it was discriminatory to describe my application as pawly put together. Don't this crowd realise that I was the mastermind behind the German Greens success? I am not named in honour of Rosa Luxemburg for nothing. Given the chance, I could have done the job with my paws behind my back [if it is possible to get by paws behind my back].

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29 DECEMBER 2002

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS ON THE MARCH

Local Government elections are coming to 54 of Victoria's 79 local government areas in March 2003.

Unfortunately, these elections do not include the former Melbourne City Council area of Docklands. Despite ALP policy since 1999 for the return of Docklands to local government governance after its electoral theft by the Kennett government, the ALP (aka Alternative Liberal Party) has again failed to act on its promises.

A Greens local government website is in development now and should grace the ether in the near future. I'll provide a link when it becomes available.

Seven councils have attendance polls on 15 March, the other 47 have postal voting. Enrolment [which is a prerequisite for candidacy] closed on 16 December 2002.

Councils having attendance elections on 15 March 2003 are: Banyule, Brimbank, Greater Dandenong, Knox City, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley.

Metropolitan Melbourne and interface municipalities Councils having postal elections in 2003 are: Bayside, Cardinia, Casey, Frankston, Glen Eira, Hume, Kingston, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Moonee Valley, Whitehorse, Whittlesea, Wyndham and Yarra Ranges Shire Council.

Councils and shires in rural and regional Victoria having postal elections in 2003 are the Shires of Alpine, Bass Coast, Baw Baw, Benalla, Buloke, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Delatite, East Gippsland, Ganawarra, Greater Shepparton City, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Indigo, LaTrobe, Loddon, Mansfield, Mildura, Mitchell, Moira, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Northern Grampians, Shepparton, South Gippsland, Strathbogie, Swan Hill, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington, West Wimmera, Wodonga and Yarriambiack.

Important Dates are:
16 Dec 2002: Voting rolls closed
11 Feb 2003: Candidate nominations with Victorian Electoral Commission close
22 Feb 2003: Postal voting likely to start for 47 Councils
14 Mar 2003: Postal voting closes for those 47 Councils
15 Mar 2003: Attendance voting polling day for the remaining 7 Councils.

You can find out more information about past elections for your council and its wards or districts at: http://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Elections/WP_CouncilList.htm.

David is already spending too much time at this computer and not taking me for enough walks, though I am sure that will change when there is material to distribute.

David is running a Greens information session 11 am to 3 pm at the Greens office on 12 January 2003 for prospective and established candidates, and anyone else wishing to be involved in the campaigns.

David is also running a training day for Green candidates 11 am to 3 pm at the Greens office on 9 February 2003 for Green candidates, to help with policy direction, refine their election material and to share enthusiasm and ideas amongst future Green Councillors.

Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend both days, but must be on the electoral role to stand as a candidate.

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24 DECEMBER 2002

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land,

reindeers were shivering and

amateur poets were unable to make meaningful prose. Maybe next year?

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21 DECEMBER 2002

ROSA WISHES THE WORLD A VERY GREEN CHRISTMAS

Due to a rough round of negotiations over my last AWA, I've had to take a Christmas job to make ends meat. So before I head off to the North Pole with my TWU ticket, can I wish everyone around the world, the greenest Christmas so far and for a peaceful 2003.

Rosa Claus

I'll be back on deck as soon as my nose stops glowing red and I acclimatise to the heat again. Here's to a big bone being in your stocking. Cheers: See you in 2003: Love Rosa.

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20 DECEMBER 2002

LESS PEACEFUL ALTERNATIVES TO A WAR ON IRAQ

Unfortunately, David's motion for 'Peaceful alternatives to a war on Iraq' was defeated in the full Council meeting last night.

An alternative motion was then put supporting waiting for UN efforts to crystallise, but including going all the way with G.W.B. and J.W.H.

David, a big supporter of the United Nations, couldn't support the watered down supine effort.

My New Years resolution for the people of Iraq and the region is that sanity prevails, despite many indications of otherwise.

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19 DECEMBER 2002

PEACEFUL ALTERNATIVES TO A WAR ON IRAQ

David has written and will move the following motion on 19 December 2002 at the Melbourne City Council meeting

MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL MEETING
19 DECEMBER 2002 NOTICE OF MOTION BY CR. DAVID RISSTROM: PEACEFUL ALTERNATIVES TO A WAR ON IRAQ

We, the Councillors of the City of Melbourne, call upon the Australian Government not to involve Australia in a war against Iraq.

We believe peaceful alternatives to a war on Iraq should be pursued for many reasons, including the following:
There is no clear evidence that Iraq poses an immediate threat to Australia or any of our allies.
There is no established link between Iraq and the shameful attacks of September 11, 2001.
Democracy in Iraq cannot be enforced by war. Australia must play a part in diplomatic and peaceful solutions to this conflict, and should help the Iraqi people move towards democracy.
There is no need for Australia to support or be involved in this conflict.

We, as elected representatives of our community oppose
* An attack on Iraq;
* Australian involvement in war on Iraq; and,
* Pre-emptive strikes by any nation against another.

We, as Councillors in this city of great multicultural diversity and tolerance, ask the Australian Government and our people to put the interests of peace and the world community above those of the United States.

MOVED: CR. DAVID RISSTROM
SECONDED: [To be determined]

BACKGROUND PROVIDED BY CR. DAVID RISSTROM
Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 our Government has been part of an alliance with the United States of America pursuing the so-called War on Terrorism. In recent months United States President George W Bush has been talking about an alarming extension of this war to new fronts. In particular, public comments by the United States and Australian Government have focused on Iraq as a military target.

This planned attack on Iraq is despite the fact that there is no evidence linking the Iraqi Government or people to the attacks of September 11. President Bush has said that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. But little evidence that Iraq has these weapons has been released to the Australian Government or the public. On the contrary, many commentators, including a former United Nations weapons inspector, say that Iraq does not have weapons of mass destruction capability.

A US attack on Iraq would not be an act of self-defence. It would be a ‘pre-emptive strike’ - an unprovoked attack by a strong country against a weak one. Pre-emptive strikes are against all international law and conventions. They breach the United Nations Charter, as well as international human rights agreements. Yet our Government has made Australia one of very few countries in the world offering enthusiastic support for an attack of this type. The Prime Minister, also more recently, has provocatively talked up the options of pre-emptive strikes in our region, at a time when many in our on community are suffering the consequences of prejudice and racism.

If the United States supports a policy of pre-emptive strike, the door may be opened for other countries to launch unprovoked attacks against other states. This has a destabilising effect on an already fragile international community. This could undermine Australia’s security. In a world where an unknown number of countries have nuclear weapons, exacerbating these risks is irresponsible.

Our community is extremely concerned that any attack on Iraq would have a range of unpredictable and dangerous consequences in the Middle East and worldwide. Already, the first casualty of these escalating threats is immediate efforts for peace in Iraq and the region. Neither President Bush nor the Australian Government have a plan for how an attack on Iraq will lead to peace. Iraq has already suffered under inhumane sanctions for nearly a decade. Further military attacks would make a recovery to prosperity and democracy even more difficult.

10 REASONS TO OPPOSE THE WAR As published The Victorian Peace Network
1. The United States, with the support of the Australian government, is threatening all-out war on Iraq that will cost thousands of innocent lives and further destabilise the Middle East.
2. The people of Iraq suffered through war against Iran from 1980-88. An estimated 205,000 people died in the 1991 attack by a US-led coalition - over 70%were civilians.
3. Over the last decade, economic sanctions - enforced in part by the Royal Australian Navy - have resulted in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, especially children and the elderly.
4. This is not about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, which former weapons inspector Scott Ritter says have been "rendered harmless." There is talk about ‘evidence’ but it is simply a public relations stunt to justify war. US Daphnes Secretary Rumsfeld recently paraphrased Winston Churchill, saying "Sometimes the truth is so precious it must be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies."
5. This war is not about Iraq ’s military strength, which was severely disabled by the 1991 Gulf war and a decade of sanctions. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer has stated "The policy of the US is regime change, with or without [weapons] inspectors." Iraq has the world ’s second largest oil reserve, and America wants to bully its way into controlling them. This is a war about oil, not democracy.
6. When George W. Bush talks about ‘regime change’ he means replacing a brutal dictator he doesn't like with a brutal dictator who will do his bidding, as in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
7. United Nations resolutions on disarmament and human rights will only work if they are applied equally, without fear or favour. All the nuclear powers and all Middle East states must abolish their stocks of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons (including Israel, which has over 200 nuclear weapons in its arsenal). The USA and Israel have defied UN resolutions on Palestine for decades, and the US has refused to sign, ratify and abide by numerous international conventions on weapons of mass destruction, including the test ban treaty.
8. Concern about weapons of mass destruction means a world-wide move to reduce armaments and arms sales, not selling huge amounts of weapons into Middle East countries and then bombing them to oblivion. Another war on Iraq would be a high-tech massacre, creating a toxic regional swamp of biological and chemical residues, plus radiation from radioactive depleted uranium-hardened warheads.
9. We must not inflict another war on the people of Iraq and neighbouring states, with ecological and humanitarian devastation, and a flood of new refugees.
10. Australia is already supporting this rush to war. Australian warships are in the Gulf, enforcing sanctions. Defence Minister Robert Hill says the Pine Gap intelligence base near Alice Springs "would be utilised in the event of military action against Iraq".

WHY WE SHOULD NOT SUPPORT WAR ON IRAQ
There are many arguments against launching a war on Iraq. These include:
* There is no evidence of an imminent threat by Saddam Hussein, and therefore no call for action in ‘self defence’
* A pre-emptive strike against any country is against international law
* There is no consistency in the application of moral arguments. Saddam Hussein was supported and armed by the United States for many years. The United States itself holds the largest stock of weapons of mass destruction on earth.
* This is not justice. Many other States, including Israel, Pakistan and Turkey, are in breach of UN resolutions and still attract US support. The US should reinforce not undermine the United Nations.
* It will not lead to peace. The United States has no plan for how an attack on Iraq will lead to long-term peace and stability in the Middle East and the world.
All non-violent means for the resolution of conflict must be exhausted before military action is even considered. This is clearly not the case in this conflict. The way to deal with Iraq is to:
* Stop the threats, step back from military build-up, and take a rational approach to the problem;
* Meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people by ending non-military sanctions (including the failed ‘oil for food’ program) and making a massive investment to rebuild civilian infrastructure;
* Support the Iraqi people in moving towards democracy, similar to how the international community supported the people of South Africa while they were living under Apartheid;
* Bring Saddam Hussein before the International Court of Justice to account for his crimes and atrocities, as has been done with former dictator Slobodan Milosevic; and
* Address the underlying inequality, poverty and injustice which sets countries against one another and cultivates terrorism and violent extremists.

A peaceful program for resolving conflict will always seem more complex than a military attack. There are no short cuts to stability in the Middle East and the world. We should be calling for our leaders and our communities to take the hard path to peace in the long-term interests of all the peoples of the world.

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15 DECEMBER 2002

HOLLAND PARK POOL COVERED IN GLORY!

Today was a great day at the Holland Park Swimming Pool in Kensington. Following a strong push by progressive councillors at the City of Melbourne in 1999, Council took a decision to build the Holland Park Pool. The culmination of that hard work was seen today, with the official opening of the covered pool, celebrated with a good swim, a band, sausage and veggie burger sizzle and my Houdini-esque escape from behind two locked gates [of Rosa the Policy Watchdog] into the grassed area! [Was that a dog I saw with a string of sausages in her muzzle, or was she just glad to see me?]

Today was prompted by a request I took up during the most recent Kensington Community meeting, when locals asked for a day of celebration for the opening of the covered pool. With the assistance of the community, MCC Parks and Recreation and everyone involved with the YMCA and Kensington, the day was a boomer.

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13 DECEMBER 2002

100 Green Achievements

Green Councillor David Risstrom's website now includes a greenprint for progressive ideas at Melbourne City Council. Why not visit while the coffee is still hot?: David's 100 Green Achievements

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10 DECEMBER 2002

DAVID BRINGS COMMUNITY POWER TO MELBOURNE

Green energy is available to residents and businesses in the City of Melbourne from early December 2002, as part of the Community Power program.

Community Power is a not for profit, renewable electricity buying group made up of the City of Melbourne, Darebin City Council, Port Phillip City Council, the Moreland Energy Foundation and the City of Yarra. Cr. Risstrom brought the concept to the City of Melbourne.

In conjunction with energy supplier AGL, Community Power is offering a range of contracts in the municipality. The program allows people to contribute to a more sustainable future through a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, while potentially reducing their own energy bill. Purchasing Green Power also encourages investment in Australia’s renewable energy industry.

Information Session: To find out more about Community Power Energy Plans you are welcome to attend the Information Session on Thursday 12 December 2002 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm in Darebin City Hall, 274 Gower Street, Preston.

Community Power offers energy plans that comprise combinations of accredited Green Power and energy from renewable sources, with contracts ranging between 18 months and 3 years.

Residents can choose between Community Green (15% accredited Green Power and 85% renewable energy) or Green Saver (5% accredited Green Power, 95% renewable energy). Residents who want to purchase a higher proportion of Green Power will be able to do so.

Business options include Business Green (10% accredited Green Power and 90% renewable energy) and Business Economy (50% renewable energy and 50% conventional electricity.) Business contracts will be for 1 year or 3 years.

'Accredited Green Power' is a renewable energy source from nationally accredited generators.
'Renewable energy' shares all the characteristics of Green Power except that it is sourced from generators commissioned prior to 1997 and is therefore not credited under the National Green Power Scheme. Initially, both of these options will be available at prices cheaper than people on the 'deemed tariff' are paying now for conventional (greenhouse intensive) electricity for peak electricity use.

Community Power encourages everyone to read the contract offer carefully and compare Community Power prices with your current prices and electricity consumption, as indicated on a recent electricity bill, to assess whether the offer is a good financial prospect for you.
For full information on Community Power Energy Plans including pricing and contract details, please contact AGL on 1300 762 245 or 131245 or visit www.agl.com.au.

You can find out more at the Community Power website at www.communitypower.org.

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8 DECEMBER 2002

FRIENDS OF MERRI CREEK BBQ TODAY

The Friends of Merri Creek BBQ is on today at 12:30. It will be on Coburg Street, Coburg. Come along and hear how the Federal Court challenge to the Federal funding of the Merri Creek Freeway. The decision to bituminise another remnant grassland was stupid enough to make a Grass Frog growl.

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7 DECEMBER 2002

DAVIDRISSTROM.ORG ONLINE

After some downtime from hitting the streets with David during the State election, and some problems with my Internet Service, I am back online at DavidRisstrom.org. Stay tuned for my bone-by-bone analysis. I promise to leave no skeleton ungnawed!

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23 AUGUST 2002

THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, is due to begin in a couple of days. I will be presenting at the Local Government Forum and will provide updates when I can.

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19 AUGUST 2002

ONE WEEK TO THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

With only one week before the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, many people are working frantically to prepare. 60,000 people are expected to attend. I will be presenting a paper on the progress made by local governments world-wide, in a decade culminating in a disappointing level of denial by other spheres of government in areas as vital to the Earth's health as climate, biodiversity, human well-being and resource depletion.

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7 AUGUST 2002

RECONCILIATION DISCUSSION LAUNCHED

David's resolution to further reconciliation in Melbourne was passed unanimously by the Melbourne City Council Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee

DAVID'S RESOLUTION:

30. That the Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee:

30.1 Notes the City’s existing programs and relationships for and with Melbourne’s indigenous communities, outlined in Attachment 1;

30.2 Approve appropriate and respectful consultation with Indigenous spokespersons and organisations in relation to the development of an Indigenous Employment Strategy;

30.3 Reaffirm the Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians by the City of Melbourne;

30.4 Provide a report to the 3 December 2002 meeting of the Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee on the feasibility of the establishment of an Indigenous Unit within the City of Melbourne, which would report to the Director of City Assets Services and to the Chair of the Aboriginal Consultative Group;

30.5 Commence a 12 month discussion between the City of Melbourne, its constituents, ATSIC and the wider indigenous community on how to advance reconciliation in the City of Melbourne. As a means of achieving broad community involvement, the City of Melbourne commits to initiate discussions on options for:

1. Negotiating a land use agreement
2. Identifying and acknowledging our pre-European history in the City of Melbourne.
3. Providing current and future staff and councillors with the opportunity to participate in cross-cultural awareness training.
4. Increasing the involvement of indigenous people in the delivery of services for and on behalf of the City of Melbourne.
5. Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags during important times such as NAIDOC week.
6. A strategy to advance representation by Indigenous councillors.

These discussions will be co-ordinated through the Aboriginal Consultative Group.

30.6 Establish a 6 month cycle for reporting on the progress of the discussions in 30.5 above from the Aboriginal Consultative Group (ACG) to the Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee; and,

30.7 Note that this decision is being made under delegation from the Council and is subject to the referral notice process.

Moved: Cr. David Risstrom

David provided this background in support of his resolution.:

BACKGROUND

Australian Local Government’s, including the City of Melbourne, have established their commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation over a significant period and on many occasions.

In 1996, the 50th anniversary of the Australian Local Government Association, the General Assembly of Local Government resolved the following Statement of Commitment:

This National General Assembly of Local Government:
* Reaffirms its commitment to the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect, regardless of race, colour, creed or origin.
* Reaffirms its commitment to maintaining an immigration policy wholly non-discriminatory on grounds of race, colour, creed or origin.
* Reaffirms its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage
* Reaffirms its commitment to maintaining Australia as a culturally diverse, tolerant and open society, united by an overriding commitment to our nation, and its democratic institutions and values.
* Denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of society we are and want to be.

Further, this National General Assembly calls upon Councils throughout Australia to give practical effect to the above commitment by:
* Actively promoting the benefits of a cohesive, multicultural society
* Supporting the Council of Aboriginal Reconciliation’s vision for a united Australia and local declarations of Reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples
* Promoting access and equity in service provisions for all members of their communities
* Addressing wherever possible the special needs of disadvantaged groups.

Reconciliation involves building a new relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the wider community, with an aim to healing the pain of the past and ensuring we all share fairly and equally in our national citizenship.

The Commonwealth Parliament has recognised the need for Reconciliation by declaring that:
* Australia was occupied by Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders for thousands of years before British colonisation at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.
* Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders suffered dispossession and dispersal from their traditional lands by the British Crown
* There has been no formal reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.

The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation identified five steps to Reconciliation:
* Understanding and accepting the history of our shared experience between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.
* Respecting Indigenous cultures and identity.
* Recognising that past injustice continues to give rise to present injustices for indigenous Australians
* Identifying what more needs to be done and making changes within Australian society.
* Revaluing our citizenship to live together in unity and harmony.

The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of indigenous activities, particularly in the arts and culture, as the list of activities attached to this report shows. Nevertheless, despite efforts to date, it is clear that indigenous people remain as among some of the most disadvantaged people in our community. Indigenous life expectancy is low, social dislocation is evident and a wealth of knowledge, tradition and human potential is being jeopardised. With a culture and tradition as long living, and as rich and diverse as our indigenous community, I believe there is an obvious benefit to working together to see how we as a community can move forward.

The purpose of this resolution is to give practical effect to Reconciliation with our indigenous community by confirming the existing indigenous programs in the City of Melbourne, give practical support to broadening our involvement with indigenous communities and commencing discussion with our community on how best to advance Aboriginal Reconciliation.

This information was sourced by David Risstrom from:
* ‘Milward, K. Wurreker – Local Government – Indigenous Partnerships Resource Guides, Melbourne: Municipal Association of Victoria; and,
* Wensing, E. 2002, Working with Native Title: Linking native title and Council process, Deakin: Australian Local Government Association; and,
* The Australian Local Government Association website on 5/8/2002 at; http://www.alga.com.au/site/page.cfm?site_page_id=126&site_nav_id=95

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3 AUGUST 2002

ROSA ASKS YOU TO PUT PAWS TO PEN FOR GROWING GREEN

As a Green Councillor on Melbourne City Council, David initiated a forward looking plan for the City of Melbourne's Parks and Gardens nearly two years ago. The plan is called 'Growing Green'. It has been through public meeting processes, public dissemination. The plan is for a 50 year timeline for Melbourne's Parks and Gardens, though could also extend to influencing private land owners.

Some of the current priorities in the plan include:
* reclaiming a proportion of existing road space for planting, open spaces and creating small open spaces;
* adding social value to the City by enhancing public places as community spaces;
* ensuring that all uses of parkland including events, are sustainable in the long term;
* investing in infrastructure to improve the environmental sustainability of parks and recreational facilities;
* exploring the potential to reduce energy inputs in the management of parks and recreational facilities;
* reducing the use of potable (drinking) water for management of parks, street planting and recreational facilities, potentially leading to reduced green grass areas in summer;
* increasing the overall planting diversity in open space and streets;
* increasing the level of biodiversity, especially native bird life in the City; and
* influencing other agencies to achieve improved environmental outcomes.

Please consider the document and how you might improve it. You can download it from the MCC website in either Microsoft Word or as an Adobe Acrobat file by clicking here and following the instructions. Consultation on the final draft environment plan will close on 19 August, so please make sure you respond by then. The final plan, as amended by the consultation, will then be put before Council for adoption.

Contributions can be sent by mail or e-mail:
Mail: Ms Carmen Dart
Parks and Recreation
City of Melbourne
GPO Box 1603M MELBOURNE VIC 3001
E-mail: Carmen Dart - cardar@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Facsimile: (03) 9658 9147
Consultation Start Date: 5 June 2002 Consultation Close: 19 August 2002

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31 JULY 2002

WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The countdown to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has begun. The 10 day summit beginning 26 August, follows 10 years on from the Rio Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and is expected to attract about 60,000 delegates from all over the world.

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23 JULY 2002

STATE GOVERNMENT APPEARS SET TO IGNORE COMMUNITY AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT AGAIN!
It appears the State Government is finding old habits hard to kick. With the establishment of an Interdepartmental Committee to carve up Melbourne's electoral boundaries, rather than using the established procedure under the Victorian Local Government Act, governance and proper process again take a back seat. More in future updates.MAY 2002
ON ALL FOUR PAWS AGAIN
Rosa the policy Watchdog has found her pawword again, and so is back on line.Look here from time to time, and send me an e-mail so I know you are out there.

CURRENT AFFAIRS UPDATED DAILY IN THE GUISE OF ROSA'S RAVE IS AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE

 
 

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