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    and programs internally for the city s benefit These programs include Cities for Climate Protection Water Campaign and the Triple Bottom Line Toolkit which have widespread implications for the local government sector What are the most pressing issues nationally and internationally In Australia integration of environmental economic and social approaches to local sustainability along with development of cross sectoral partnerships in local communities Integration across many areas of life is crucial to much of councils work It is also a basic requirement for effective approaches to sustainable development Integration is vital if councils are to assess whether as is likely they are going backwards in key environmental indicators The City of Melbourne has already discussed the need for tools to achieve integration and its role in meeting this need There is also a need to integrate the many programs that councils adopt across the country so that they are not trying to meet many different program needs simultaneously Another global focus for sustainable development is the notion of cross sectoral partnerships They will play a major role in the Summit as a focus for implementing the Agenda 21 vision primarily because they allow different stakeholders to use their strengths for the collective benefit of sustainability Local governments are accustomed to acting as facilitators and managers of different stakeholders and interests and therefore have a major role to play in this important issue Partnerships across sectors play a significant role in creating an inclusive and socially robust community Within the community health and welfare sectors programs have been designed and implemented in response to a single issue leading to an increasingly fragmented and partialised service response The City of Melbourne supports and contributes to a number of cross sectoral partnerships These partnerships have allowed Council to engage with business and encourage them to contribute to the provision of social services and thereby demonstrate good corporate behaviour Case Study City of Melbourne Triple Bottom Line Project The City of Melbourne now routinely assesses proposals for environmental economic and social outcomes Staff use checklists templates and guidelines to determine the impacts proposals make in these areas These are then quantified and qualified to enable councillors to make informed decisions about capital works submissions proposals going to council and corporate planning The City of Melbourne has worked in partnership with ICLEI to develop these tools into a Triple Bottom Line Toolkit Focusing on specific operational areas the toolkit is available free of charge to other councils which can use it as a reference point for ideas and information Other councils can also adapt it for their own purpose and needs Triple Bottom Line emerged from the business sector and shifts the focus from the purely financial bottom line to encompass environmental economic and social performance It can be used as a vehicle to achieve sustainable development and set the agenda for continual improvements in quality of life Triple Bottom Line is being debated extensively both in the private and public sectors which are grappling with what it means and how it is best applied Local expectations are compounded by the demands of the global community the debate internationally is not about whether one should report on sustainability but how International standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative are available to guide and focus organisations to produce fuller reports This entails transparent reporting on diverse and meaningful indicators which will help to express community values provide wider criteria to evaluate councils performance and further develop trust in public institutions They will enable councils to measure progress and apply transparent accountability Reporting will also allow councils to improve decision making Triple Bottom Line can be applied across council activities as a reporting device for example a means of presenting information in annual reports and or an approach to decision making to understand economic environmental and social implications Triple Bottom Line is seen as core business at the City of Melbourne and is being used as both a reporting device and an approach to decision making Case Study City of Melbourne Triple Bottom Line Project The Toolkit was launched at the Local Government Managers Association conference on May 14 in Sydney Australia and is available on line at http www iclei org anz tbl tbl htm The tools will be continually reviewed and updated It is hoped that councils which are applying and developing their own tools will add theirs along with their experiences to the website Organisations around the world have shown interest and ICLEI is keen to ensure that co operative approaches to this work turn into practical actions for local governments Footnote 1 A Framework for Public Environmental Reporting An Australian Approach National Heritage Trust Case Study Reporting on Social Performance The City of Melbourne is developing a suite of social indicators for city residents visitors and workers that fit within the Social Performance residents and visitors Indicator Set Components include average number of infants receiving primary immunisations as a proportion of all infants due for the calendar year rate of participation engagement of residents in City of Melbourne funded community and cultural events and activities number and percentage of visitors who feel safe in the CBD and a social well being index The Social Well Being Index is an innovative valid reliable practical and scientifically sound measure of social well being that captures and tracks levels of performance against city priorities to benchmark and improve achievement The key areas are work injury income and wealth housing health and social health education cultural and recreational activities and gambling The Well being Index can also be calculated annually potentially benchmark the index against other municipalities or the State and reflect the contribution and impact of visitors in addition to residents Case Study Commercial Buildings Partnership The City of Melbourne has more than five million square metres of office floor space with the commercial sector being the greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the municipality The Commercial Buildings Partnership between the City of Melbourne the Victorian State Government and peak business body the Property Council of Australia is helping to bridge the gap between building owners and tenants that often result in energy inefficiencies Twelve premium CBD office buildings completed Stage 1 of the program These buildings represented nearly 700 000m2 of net lettable area office space that is in excess of 10 per cent of the available office space in the CBD 2000 Potential annual savings for these buildings were identified as 22 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions almost A1 million of energy cost savings and 15 500 megawatt hours of electricity The program targets property owners and portfolio managers rather than building managers to ensure funds are committed and action is expedient to complete energy saving projects High profile large buildings such as the top 100 are a priority on the basis of return on investment with additional benefits derived by working with the owners and management groups of these buildings Projects that will result in major emissions reductions through joint initiatives of building management with tenants also will be pursued Successful projects at a few high profile buildings will lead the way for the commercial building sector to head towards sustainable operation This would need to be coupled with other activities that increase demand for sustainable buildings The degree to which best practice energy management is regarded as a valued quality in the commercial property sector is rated as a critical success factor This will require further market research into the needs of the sector and development of new strategies involving multiple drivers based on environmental social and financial factors Internationally The need to work co operatively with developing countries to ensure that sustainable development is seen as a joint approach requiring cities to cities networks and public and private partnerships It is expected that the next decade of sustainable development will be focused on action through partnerships The City of Melbourne is looking to further strengthen some key international frameworks with which it participates including Business Partnership Cities BPC APEC Sister Cities and ICLEI networks These frameworks provide a direct insight into international relations and relationships that will have a major impact over the years As always they require attention to the real value being extracted from them but in terms of learning developing partnerships creating staff development opportunities and positioning the city for future developments these networks already provide many benefits They are the basis for the city s international implementation partnerships What are the current gaps in the debate In Australia removal of barriers to sustainability especially in terms of national competition policy and its undifferentiated impact on local communities national resource pricing policies and the lack of institutional status of local governments Alas a current gap in the debate is the debate itself particularly in the senior decision making spheres of Australian public life Too little of the intellectual debate focuses on these barriers and practical ways to reduce them It would be a major step forwards if we ensured that there were specific places for the debate to be enacted The focus in Australia should be on removing the barriers so that the long term innovative and strategic approaches to sustainable development that abound in local governments are allowed to flourish Undiscussed barriers so far include the impact of competition policy on the Triple Bottom Line especially in the capacity for local communities to identify social elements to their purchasing policies Inclusion of such matters is possible and is now more timely than ever Similarly under pricing of natural resources a key undercurrent to the waste management debate continues to make the economics of recycling one part of the Triple Bottom Line a significant disincentive for continued expansion into new products and new regions Internationally Direct advocacy by cities at the international level feeding directly into the decision making processes Cities are represented by many different voluntary associations and professional organisations at the international level including the International Union for Local Authorities and ICLEI Cities rarely get a chance to advocate directly for themselves except through these organisations This is a question that requires solutions both in the host nations and in the international agencies and organisations that create and implement sustainable development policy What would be the best possible outcomes of the Summit for local government and the City of Melbourne 1 National agreements on sustainable development visions approaches targets resources and timelines 2 Close alignment of the views of the Australian National Delegation with the Australian Local Government Association and the City of Melbourne on the issues that arise throughout the Summit but particularly on the above issues 3 Development of communities of interest by the City of Melbourne with other cities throughout the world but especially relating to existing international networks Sister Cities BPC ICLEI and in the Asia Pacific region 4 Further development of the City of Melbourne s leadership role in sustainability in Australia and the region through a key role in the Local Government Session at Johannesburg and the relationship to the Australian National Delegation and 5 Specifically marketing of the City of Melbourne s achievements and further learning of world s best practice in climate water and triple bottom line methodologies internationally and at all levels of government Internationally ICLEI has noted that the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit must recognise the importance of good local governance in creating sustainable communities the urban dimension of sustainable development and the interdependence of urban and rural areas the role of local governments in developing partnerships for sustainable development working with national governments international agencies and civil society and opportunities to promote and encourage diversified action at the local level B The City of Melbourne s leadership as a sustainable city The City of Melbourne is taking many important steps towards becoming a more sustainable city These range from broad policy to significant targets such as for a 30 per cent reduction in 1996 levels of equivalent carbon dioxide eCO2 by 2010 for Council operations and a 20 per cent target for the community The city is on track for a 25 per cent reduction in corporate emissions by June 30 2002 Adoption and Promotion of the Toronto Declaration The City of Melbourne has officially adopted the Toronto Declaration which recognises the political statement made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit for the need to reduce CO2 levels by at least 50 per cent to avert significant human induced climate change The City of Melbourne with ICLEI Australia New Zealand took the Toronto Declaration to other Australian and New Zealand cities City of Melbourne Zero Net Emissions by 2020 The City of Melbourne has developed a strategy to achieve zero net CO2 emissions by the year 2020 as part of a wider international APEC backed research project The plan involves stimulating a significant increase in investment and use of renewable energy and energy efficient power Commercial and residential buildings would be refurbished and rebuilt to increase energy efficiency while there would be some sequestration through forestry programs The plan aims to turn a serious threat to Melbourne s economy and way of life into an opportunity for economic growth environmental improvements and social cohesion by influencing the billions of dollars of mainstream business investment that will take place in buildings and plant power generation over the next two decades using market mechanisms and appropriate regulations It envisages commercial industrial and residential investment in superior energy efficient design Rather than adding to the cost of doing business in Melbourne the net result of such investment will reduce operating costs and enhance city business competitiveness Sustainable Melbourne Fund The City of Melbourne has allocated A5 million to establish the Sustainable Melbourne Fund The fund finances projects that improve environmental sustainability within the municipality The fund is administered by a board of trustees that helps decide successful applications from businesses and individuals Sustainability as Central Theme in Strategic Planning Document The City of Melbourne s major planning strategy City Plan 2010 adopts sustainability as its primary theme Council s operational policies therefore take into account their contribution to environmental social and economic sustainability Triple Bottom Line Reporting and Decision Making The City of Melbourne has formally adopted Triple Bottom Line reporting which takes into account the environmental economic and social consequences of proposed decisions Initially environmental assessment reports were provided for selected Council reports These reports assessed the impact of a decision on energy use waste generation water consumption greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity Templates have been completed and staff training undertaken to implement Triple Bottom Line reporting across all levels of Council Council has also committed to reporting on environmental social and economic targets in its Annual Report The Triple Bottom Line indicators are concerned with the sustainability of the City not just Council activities Social sustainability indicators measure elements such as social well being city safety and community participation and engagement Renewable Energy for City Market The City of Melbourne is placing a A2 million photovoltaic array on the roof of the local market with the assistance of a A750 000 grant from the Federal Government s Australian Greenhouse Office Queen Victoria Market is one of the City s leading tourist attractions so a large number of people will be able to see the benefits of renewable energy About 2000 square metres of photovoltaic panels will produce 270 megawatt hours of electricity at the market The project will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 309 tonnes per year Green Power for Street Lighting The City of Melbourne has agreed to buy 30 per cent of its electricity for street lighting from renewable sources with at least 10 per cent sourced from wind power Council is also buying 20 per cent of electricity for its buildings from Victorian wind generated sources The renewable energy purchases collectively equate to 6 2 gigawatt hours consumption of renewable energy reducing emissions by around 8500 tonnes per annum The purchase of wind power generated in regional Victoria supports the economy and generates jobs in those regions In line with its Corporate Energy Policy the City of Melbourne has committed to reduce energy consumed in Council buildings by 20 per cent by 2005 based on 1996 levels This financial year Council has a record A166 000 to spend on energy reduction projects These will include energy audits lighting upgrades and control systems solar hot water services pool blankets and more efficient motor control systems Lighting Strategy The City of Melbourne has recently completed a lighting strategy that will be progressively implemented The strategy includes public light retrofitting co operation with businesses and individuals to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their lighting with about 20 per cent decrease in energy consumption expected and 60 per cent reduction in night glow from wasted light Commercial Building Partnership The City of Melbourne has more than 5 million square metres of office floor space with the commercial sector being the greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the municipality The Commercial Buildings Partnership between the City of Melbourne the Victorian State Government and peak business body the Property Council of Australia will help bridge the gap between building owners and tenants that often results in energy inefficiencies Melbourne as Host City of ICLEI Australia New Zealand Melbourne City Council facilitated the establishment of the Australia New Zealand office of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI for Melbourne during 1999 The partnership between the City of Melbourne and ICLEI confirmed the leadership role of Melbourne as a capital city committed to environmental management The relationship with ICLEI has produced mutual benefits by ensuring good ideas and actions continue to be generated and implemented Water Campaign Melbourne with four other Australian cities is piloting ICLEI s Water Campaign in the region in partnership with the Melbourne Water Corporation The city will achieve milestone three ie development of an action plan by December 2002 The City of Melbourne is determined to become a leader in the field of local water management as it has become in local greenhouse action The City of Melbourne s parks and gardens consume about 1 4 million litres of water annually Council s Parks and Recreation Branch is developing a plan to reduce the use of potable drinkable water for irrigating our parks and gardens by pursuing options such as better water management improved horticultural practices such as the use of mulching and researching the potential to use recycled water As a pilot the Reclaimed Water Demonstration Project has been jointly developed by Melbourne Water the City of Melbourne and State Government Department of Infrastructure to demonstrate technology available to reclaim high quality water from local sewers After treatment this water can be used for a variety of purposes such as irrigating urban parks On site processing reduces the cost of transporting reclaimed water which limits the use of such water potentially available from end of line treatment facilities at Carrum and Werribee On site water recycling to irrigate parklands is a more sustainable way of managing water resources and will contribute to Melbourne Water s target of 20 per cent water recycling by 2010 If it can be successfully applied in the longer term this technology will make a significant contribution to the City of Melbourne s environmental program The quality of water derived as a consequence of applying this technology would establish a national and international environmental precedent and could potentially be expanded for use throughout parkland around Melbourne Growing Green The City of Melbourne is developing a 50 year plan for the environmentally responsible management of its parks gardens and recreational facilities It aims to improve biodiversity energy and water efficiency and add to enjoyment of the city Inner City Social Housing Company The City of Melbourne has established the Inner City Social Housing Company and founded a Trust Fund to develop social housing maintain housing diversity and assist people with housing needs The Company has adopted policies that will ensure that all stock is adaptable accessible for people with a disability and environmentally sustainable As the founding organisation the City of Melbourne established an expertise based board of directors representing all aspects of the development and housing industries World Health Organisation Accreditation as a Safe Community The City of Melbourne has a major role as a leader in city safety being the first capital city in Australia and only the third in the world to gain international accreditation with the World Health Organisation WHO in April 2000 as a designated Safe Community To celebrate this achievement the City of Melbourne organised and hosted the three day WHO Safe Communities International Symposium which focused on Community Safety in Major Urban Environments The symposium at Melbourne Town Hall attracted more than 70 delegates Speakers represented not just local government but law enforcement agencies business and retail communities academia and health and safety organisations Glasgow Stockholm Johannesburg Melbourne and Sydney were among the cities profiled Conference Sponsorship The City of Melbourne strategically sponsors conferences that stimulate environmental responsibility One such conference the United Nations Environment Program Financial Services Conference in February 2000 has stimulated continued interest in the finance sector Hosted by the Victorian Environment Protection Authority the conference was designed to increase the adoption of sustainable development and environmentally sound business practices in the finance sector Speakers included representatives from the UNEP BP Amoco Deutsche Bank Swiss Re Price Waterhouse Coopers and Barclays Bank Metropolitan Environment Forum The City of Melbourne established the Melbourne Metropolitan Environment Forum MEF in April 2000 to improve co operation between local authorities and create dialogue among active individuals in local government and the non government sector This forum of local governments and environment and community organisations will ensure democracy is not put as secondary to environmental sustainability First Victorian City with Waste Wise Accreditation The City of Melbourne was the first Victorian authority to achieve Waste Wise Accreditation the highest level of waste efficiency regionally As a member of the Western Regional Waste Management Group the city is starting a study of integrated waste management by co operating with other councils so that waste reduction recycling and re use can be achieved on a larger scale C Showcase for Melbourne s growing environmental management sector With the City of Melbourne being a major centre for environmental business activity Council believes Melbourne can be globally significant in the development of environment services and management businesses It has demonstrated its credentials as a leader in sustainability through internal programs aimed at educating its own staff and also external business partnerships It partnered RMIT University Centre for Design to develop print and distribute Melbourne Green Map which helps residents make greener lifestyle choices More information at www melbournegreenmap org Melbourne is also home to seven world class universities all offering expertise in environmental research and development Of particular note is RMIT University s leading Centre for Sustainability The City of Melbourne and ICLEI worked in collaboration to produce the Sustainable Business Directory that aims to showcase Melbourne sustainable business capabilities and growing strengths to the Asia Pacific region and the world This innovative directory is also a practical resource for local businesses and individuals seeking advice support technical assistance and hardware to help make their business and homes more environmentally sustainable More information at www melbourne vic gov au sustainable business The City of Melbourne will continue to support the establishment of new environment services and management businesses through its Small Business Development Program In the past 18 months Council has supported new businesses including Enviro Bins Victoria a company that provides a fully captive and mobile water recycling cleaning service for domestic refuse bins based on total recycling of washings to be retained for filtration with the exclusive use of biodegradable chemicals Sustainable Energy Foundation an association that promotes sustainable development Sustainable Investment Research Institute which has developed a comprehensive socially responsible investment database The group profiles analyses and assesses companies on their sustainability performance and offers new and innovative investment products and services Ethical Investment Company of Australia provides ethical only financial planning and investment services to individuals and corporations D Recommendations Key recommendations for change and the City of Melbourne s desired outcomes from the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development include a National agreement on sustainable development visions approaches targets resources and timelines b Close alignment of the views of the Australian National Delegation with the ALGA and the City of Melbourne on the issues arising throughout the Summit especially on the issues described in this paper c Development of communities of interest by the City of Melbourne with other cities throughout the world particularly relating to existing international networks APEC Sister cities BPC ICLEI and in the Asia Pacific region d Further development of the City of Melbourne s leadership role in sustainability in Australia and the region through a key role in the Local Government Session at Johannesburg and the relationship to the Australian National Delegation e Marketing of the City of Melbourne s achievements and further learning of world s best practice in climate water and Triple Bottom Line methodologies internationally and at all levels of government f Recognition of the importance of good local governance in creating sustainable communities g Recognition of the urban dimension of sustainable development and the interdependence of urban and rural areas h Recognition of the role of local governments in developing partnerships for sustainable development working with national governments international agencies and civil society i Development of the opportunities to promote and encourage diversified action at the local level The City of Melbourne wishes to acknowledge the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives assistance in preparing this position paper SUSTAINABILITY OUR FUTURE TOGETHER Australian Capital Cities Progressing the aims of Sustainable Development World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002 Prepared by the City of Melbourne on behalf of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development the Summit is an opportunity for the Australian Council of Capital City Lord Mayors CCCLM to consolidate and communicate its views and highlight the important role that Australian capital cities are playing in progressing the aims of sustainable development This paper examines the CCCLM s response to the key issues discussed by national and international communities in the lead up to the Summit The CCCLM s views are supported by practical examples from the cities and followed by an analysis of the unique role of the capital city and it s opportunities and constraints with regard to sustainable development The CCCLM s key views are presented as areas for international action and national change in Australia Nationally Institutionalise the role of local government in resource management activities recognising the major role that local governments play in on the ground policy development and implementation Recognise the proper and appropriate roles of local governments in the development and delivery of policy and resource and support the implementation of those roles Popularise the use of existing tools such as environmental management systems Local Agenda 21 Cities for Climate Protection and facilitate the development of mechanisms for integration leadership development and institutional sustainability Ensure that local government structures are focused correctly on the sustainable development vision and exert focus and resources Integrate environmental economic and social approaches to local sustainability and development of cross sectoral partnerships in local communities Remove barriers to sustainability especially in terms of national competition policy and its undifferentiated impact on local communities national resource pricing policies and the lack of institutional status of local governments Internationally Develop frameworks for local governments to interact with each other internationally within the same institutions such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation and with a separate standing to nations Require international agencies and encourage nation states to directly engage with local governments in both policy development and delivery Develop culturally sensitive tools and mechanisms that encourage sustainable development especially within a developing country context Support key organisations such as ICLEI to develop leading sustainability programs internationally which focus on direct implementation within a longer term strategic framework Work co operatively with developing countries to ensure that sustainable development is seen as a joint approach requiring cities to cities networks and public private partnerships Direct advocacy by cities at the international level which feeds directly into the decision making processes Australian capital cities can play a key role through demonstrating cross sectoral partnerships and building relationships with state governments and other local governments within Australia and the Asia Pacific region The primary constraints to capital cities in progressing sustainable development are political misunderstanding differing budget responsibilities limited regulatory powers and potential competition between the capital cities for sustainable industries The CCCLM is able to play a leadership role in sustainable development through various mechanisms Building relationships centred on sustainability with cities in the developing and developed countries for example Strategic approaches to the Commonwealth government can further support this role Australian capital city profiles Brisbane Covering around 1 367 square kilometres the City of Brisbane is the capital city of Queensland and Australia s largest municipality In managing this dynamic city of 863 769 residents the Council delivers core local government services such as water and sewerage public transport urban management and city administration It also focuses on issues such as community health and safety improved transport and traffic management and features like waterways and parks The estimated population of the greater city and surrounding districts is 1 601 500 Perth Perth is the capital and primary regional focus for Western Australia and renowned for being a clean friendly city offering a high quality of life It is close to Indonesia and a focus for the Asia Pacific Region The total area for the City of Perth is 8 75 km2 Its estimated Residential Population is 6 370 and estimated daytime population in CBD is 100 000 The estimated population of the greater Perth area is 1 341 900 Adelaide Founded in 1836 and the first local government to be established in Australia the City of Adelaide has a residential population of 17 000 and a worker population of 89 000 The capital of South Australia the City has an average of 100 000 visitors per day The total population for greater Adelaide is just over 1 million residents one in four of whom are immigrants representing 130 different ethnic backgrounds Darwin As the capital of Australia s Northern Territory Darwin is the centre of government and the major administrative and commercial centre It is as close to Singapore and Manila as it is to Sydney and Melbourne and is increasingly making its mark as a major gateway with Asia The estimated resident population of Darwin and nearby Palmerston is just over 107 000 Population projections by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggest it is possible that the Northern Territory population could exceed 500 000 by the year 2057 The City of Darwin has more than 60 nationalities and some 76 ethnic groups Just over one quarter of the Northern Territory population identify themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Darwin has a tropical climate and renowned for it s relaxed lifestyle Sydney Sydney Metropolitan is one of the largest cities in the world in terms of area Reaching across 4000 km2 it is equal in size to London and almost double that of New York City The City of Sydney local government area spans 6 18 km2 including the Central Business District Approximately one in five Australians or 4 million people live in the Sydney Metropolitan area The working population of the City of Sydney is 253 000 Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with people from 180 nations speaking 140 languages Sydney is the most popular tourist destination in Australia attracting 4 million visitors annually Canberra ACT Canberra is the capital of Australia The parliament is called the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory and is unique in Australia because it holds the power to look after both state and local functions of the Territory Located between Sydney and Melbourne the territory covers 2 400 km2 and has a population of 310 173 It is the political centre of Australia and has over 70 diplomatic embassies It is also hosts 146 ethnic community organisations and the headquarters of several hundred significant National Associations Melbourne Melbourne the second largest city in Australia has a population of 3 4 million which represents 14 percent of the nation s total population Metropolitan Melbourne covers an area of 7 800 km2 containing 32 local governments The City of Melbourne is Victoria s Capital City municipality and has responsibility for 36 5 km2 of the central city encompassing the Central Business District and surrounding inner suburbs Proudly pre eminent in business international trade arts entertainment sport and major international events the City of Melbourne is home to around 52 000 people and welcomes more than 550 000 workers visitors and tourists every day Celebrating a rich multicultural diversity Melbourne s residents combine to represent 110 nationalities and speak 151 languages At all points of the city compass ethnic and indigenous origins are revered and savoured welcoming locals enthralling visitors and flavouring the city s famous fare One of the world s most liveable cities Melbourne cultivates a strong sense of community and lifestyle Hobart Tasmania is the Island State of Australia with an area of approximately 68 000 km2 about the size of Ireland Its capital Hobart is located in the south of the island and is the gateway to Tasmania s tourism industry which accounts for 10 3 per cent of the jobs in the State Tasmania receives 510 700 visitors per annum and boasts some of the cleanest air in the world The population of the Hobart metropolitan area is 194 000 or 41 per cent of the state population Hobart is the 10th largest urban centre in Australia It has 1 1 per cent of the Australian population The population of Hobart municipality is 47 600 Hobart is home to the State parliament and has special civic responsibilities in conjunction to the state government It has signed a Capital City Partnership Agreement with the State Government as a means of progressing a number of issues relating to the social environmental and economic development of Hobart and Tasmania It represents a commitment from both parties to work together to achieve specific strategies and outcomes The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors Charter The CCCLM has a history of over 40 years The origins of the organisation date back to 1957 when the Lord Mayors meeting at the Melbourne Town Hall agreed that a Capital Cities Exchange Bureau be established Before that meetings of Lord Mayors were on an ad hoc basis The documents available do not indicate when a name change occurred but in 1963 the Lord Mayors at a meeting in Hobart agreed to the continuing operation of the Australian Capital Cities Secretariat Each Council committed funding to cover the necessary operating costs of the Secretariat The 1982 the organisation adopted the new name of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors It was also in this year that the Annual Conference of the Australian Capital Cities Secretariat initiated a research study into the role of the organisation and to determine a set of strategies to achieve the organisation s priorities Subsequently a report was prepared for and presented to the Secretariat in 1983 by Dr John Halligan The report included the following Mission Statement and Objectives for the organisation Mission Statement To provide a national corporate entity for the effective co ordination and representation of the special interests of the Capital Cities of the Australian States and the Northern Territory in their relations with other spheres of government Objectives To achieve comprehensive recognition of the special roles and status of each Capital city To advance the economic base of each

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Green Map
    policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS A GREEN MAP FOR MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT To create and publish a Green Map for Melbourne that provides a directory for places people businesses and groups working on environmental sustainability in the City TARGET DATE November 2000 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The green map is a road map of sustainability in the City of Melbourne The Green map is a collaborative project

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Green Purchasing Across Australia
    demonstrate the merits of green purchasing and to facilitate maturation of the green purchasing market in Australia TARGET DATE June 2003 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION As a Melbourne City Councillor a director of the municipal purchasing company MAPS Ltd and as an executive and management committee member of ICLEI International The International Council for Local Environment Initiatives I have been able to initiate a Green purchasing Pilot Project The 10 pilot councils are set to sign a memorandum of understanding to commence the pilot program While a great deal of preparatory work has been done by ICLEI MAPS Group Ltd has worked with ICLEI to develop a memorandum of understanding as a means of providing improved purchasing power and expertise for the participating councils In conjunction with ICLEI and MAPS 10 Australian Councils are participating in the pilot including Brisbane City Council and Maroochy Shire Council in Queensland Adelaide Marion Onkaparinga Burnside and West Torrens City Councils in South Australia Hornsby City Council in New South Wales and Whittlesea and Melbourne City Councils in Victoria More formal statements will be released once the Pilot is officially launched but more information is available at the ICLEI Australia New Zealand web page Green Purchasing Pilot Project Further information on Green purchasing and the Pilot Project as detailed below are taken from the ICLEI Australia New Zealand website Green purchasing consists of buying products and services which have a lower environmental impact along their lifecycle By systematically procuring such products institutional buyers will Reduce their environmental impacts Contribute to improved environmental conditions at the local regional national and global levels Influence the creation of sustainable markets and cleaner production processes Save costs where green products have a cheaper lifecycle cost or by engaging smarter purchasing procedures Green purchasing practices have been successfully adopted by hundreds of local governments worldwide with striking examples in Japan the USA and Europe In Australia some councils have adopted and currently work on the implementation of green purchasing policies The Objective of the pilot project is to work with a small number of Australian councils to develop and apply a model system to operationalise their green purchasing policies and goals The green purchasing pilot project will Develop prototype tools to assist green purchasing Foster joint purchasing in order to achieve best market prices for green products Quantify the environmental benefits that can be achieved through green public purchasing Outcomes The pilot councils will systematically implement green purchasing for a limited number of products through the use of tools developed during the project and quantify the environmental and financial benefits achieved through the project The project will develop and apply a model system to assist councils operationalise their purchasing goals This will take place in six steps 1 Establish a sound green purchasing policy 2 Audit purchasing processes 3 Determine high priority categories of products for green purchasing 4 Identify environmental criteria to be included in the decision making process 5 Develop and apply a system for the implementation of

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Thinking Melbourne
    Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS THINKING MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The Melbourne Town Hall returns to being the Village Green of our community providing a focal point for meeting and discussion for the community This program has been adopted in the form of the Melbourne Conversations TARGET DATE June 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION To make the Town Hall the Village Green of our community so that a focal point for meeting and discussion is available to the community My aim is to have the Town Hall returned to a former role as a place people think of when issues of civic importance surface This idea has evolved into the program known as Melbourne Conversations which invites the public to thematic sessions at the Town Hall and Federation Square FURTHER INFORMATION This excerpt from a thesis done by Graeme John Tucker Monash University in 1993 was forwarded by a Melbourne City Council staff member Mark Drew following a discussion we had about the Town Hall as the village green A Town Hall is as its name states a town s hall the premier hall Halls were important components in a town s development They gave the citizens a place where they could socialise with their neighbours and if required agitate for road boards government assistance the formation of a local council or other local matters Public meetings to

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: No Woodchips For Power Generation
    Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS REFUSE POWER GENERATION THAT IS SOURCED FROM BURNING WOODCHIPS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne refuses to accept electricity sourced from the burning of woodchips TARGET DATE June 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The Federal Government adopted a definition of renewable energy that includes the burning of woodchips for power generation The City of Melbourne rejects this definition of renewable energy and has unanimously adopted a motion I moved in 2002 refusing to purchase electricity sourced from the burning of woodchips FURTHER INFORMATION This email was taken from a May 2001 Greenleap message sent by Bridget McIntosh re Greenpower and native forests electricity generation Just for clarification any electricity suppliers Green Power accredited product is over and above the legislation and does not accept native forests as an electricity generation source Electricity suppliers who want to maintain accreditation for their product must comply with the strict rules and be audited every year So if you want certainty about where your electricity comes from and want to drive

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Promoting Peace
    Countless other Councils and a Federal Government body have recognised Falun Dafa as a community group It is also wrong to characterise Moomba as being for families and to assume that means community groups such as Falun Dafa are unable to contribute to such a celebration In my opinion legally the decision discriminates against Falun Dafa on the basis of their presumed political beliefs and activities To exclude a community organisation from engaging in or gaining from an activity provided by the Council on the basis that they express a political view has many characteristics of an act of discrimination on the basis of political belief alone If true I believe anti discrimination law makes that decision illegal As I was quoted in the Melbourne Times on 26 February If they the Falun Dafa are organised and they have got something to contribute to Moomba they should be allowed They have been recognised as a community group by countless other local governments and the Federal Government It appears likely that this issues will be pursued in a legal forum from which a clearer view may emerge In my opinion the question to be pursued is not whether this decision is popular It is whether it is right I moved the following motion at the 19 December 2002 Melbourne City Council meeting It was defeated 3 6 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 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 Defence Secretary Rumsfeld recently paraphrased Winston Churchill saying

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Refugee Justice
    2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS REFUGEE JUSTICE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne acknowledges people seeking protection and assistance as a refugee have moral and legal entitlements to fair treatment TARGET DATE Ongoing PROGRESS Ongoing as the major parties continued pragmatism seems unlikely to abate DESCRIPTION Refugee justice involves treating people properly Fairly Lawfully Offering a presumption under law that we will do unto others as we would have done to us It involves stating principles we believe in as a Council providing platforms for others to do likewise and using our resources and enthusiasm to make welcome people who in many cases have faced a hardship and uncertainty most of us will be lucky enough never to understand This comment attributed to Ken Livingstone is a good litmus for our views and actions You can judge politicians by how they treat refugees they do to them what they would do to everyone else if they could get away with it I wrote and successful moved a motion in 2000 affirming that the City of Melbourne opposes mandatory detention pending determination for individuals seeking refugee status I will find the original motion I moved and post it on this site I wrote and moved the following motion on day 2 of the Tampa crisis where the Australian Government refused to allow asylum seekers rescued from their sinking ship to land on Christmas Island Australia Melbourne City Council as a multicultural City of rich ethnic diversity calls on our Federal Government to Allow for the orderly and lawful processing of those individuals on the Norwegian vessel Tampa who wish to apply for refugee status in Australia Commends the action of the Master of the Norwegian vessel Tampa and the Norwegian Government who support him

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Discounted MET Tickets for Residents
    s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS INCREASED MET TICKET RETAIL RESTAURANT COMBINATIONS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Restaurants and retail venues provide incentives to visit the city by providing free or discounted MET tickets to their customers TARGET DATE June 2004

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