Saturday, July 12, 2008

Environment Forum - Peak Oil

Monday 11th August 2008, 7:30pm

Council Chamber at the Civic Centre
9 Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds

Hear Phil Hart and Dr James Barson

Local Governments can ACT NOW on Climate Change

In light of the Garnaut Report and the ensuing discussion about how the Federal Government should respond, I am launching a campaign to highlight to local governments that they can ACT NOW to combat climate change.

Watch for the launch of this campaign to help you point out to your local government what it can do to combat climate change NOW.

Notice of Motion - Bring Office of Housing to Flemington Estate

I am raising a Motion at next week's meeting relating to the lack of Office of Housing staff located on the Flemington Housing Estate. Currently, residents are required to travel 30 mins by public transport to access the office at Wingate Ave Housing Estate Ascot Vale to complete simple administrative tasks.
I am requesting that the Office of Housing trial a mobile or occasional office (perhaps two mornings a week) at the Flemington Community Centre.

Budget 2008-2009

I have voted against the draft budget for a number of reasons. While there are many valuable projects included in the budget, it lacks strategic integrity and the capital works program lacks rigour and transparency.
As a result, there is insufficient funding for key Council Plans such as the Integrated Transport Plan ($100,000), the Environmental Sustainability Plan and the Cycling and Walking Strategy ($300,000).
Funding for sporting pavilions ($200,000) has been alocated on an ad hoc basis without a transparent and equitable strategy to support allocations.
Revenue from Open Space contributions has not been allocated to open spaces with a clear nexus to the development from which the contribution has been sought.
Funding for improvements to roads ($2.5M) is not strategically tied to improvements for walking and cycling.
While I am pleased to see funding for some excellent projects in the Debney Ward and across the municipality, the budget requires improvement in the areas I have outlined before I can give it my full support.