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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Water Campaign
    Action Plan is available as a pdf download I rejected this strategy as being unadventurous calling on the city to produce revised targets more in line with the dire need to come to terms with the diminishing water supply and increasing water demands faced by the City An extract of the report described this well stating Melbourne has been in drought since 1998 and at the time of writing Melbourne s reservoir capacity is at 46 per cent Results of a recent National Land and Water Resource Audit concluded that Victoria s water resources are heavily committed This means that throughout Victoria water will become an increasingly precious commodity requiring more careful and efficient use by all consumers The City of Melbourne along with other municipalities needs to consider its long term water use particularly in light of the forecast increase in population Following further consultation wit the community and internal negotiations with staff the final report was presented to Council in June 2003 I presented the modified stronger proposal shown in the paragraph below which was adopted unanimously Melbourne City Council has set a target of reducing water consumption by 12 by 2020 across the municipality compared to an estimated business as usual approach resulting in a 100 increase by 2020 This equates to a 40 reduction in residential commercial and industrial water consumption per capita and a 40 reduction in corporate water consumption by the City of Melbourne in its operations The Pilot Phase of the Water Campaign in Australia came to an end on June 30th 2002 and I wish to acknowledge the contribution and commitment that the five pilot councils demonstrated through the development of ICLEI s newest program The national roll out of the Water Campaign commenced with information sessions being held in Melbourne Sydney and Perth The ICLEI Water Campaign is now focusing on a national expansion to the Water Campaign If you would like your council to join the Water Campaign please contact Janine Nechwatal Water Campaign Program Manager at the offices of ICLEI Australia New Zealand FURTHER INFORMATION The City of Melbourne has become the first local council in the world to complete Milestone 2 of the ICLEI Water Campaign More information on the Water Campaign can be found at ICLEI International s website at http www iclei org water Further information on the City of Melbourne s Sustainable Water Management Strategy is available on my website at A 20 Year Water Management Regime 21 May 2004 The City Of Melbourne s ambitious water saving plan Watermark which has already produced a 17 reduction in water use in Melbourne won the 2004 SaveWater Local Government Award The City of Melbourne developed Watermark in collaboration with the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives ICLEI and Melbourne Water Watermark set targets of 40 reduction per capita in water consumption by 2020 across industry the community and council activities with the aim of using less water in 2020 than 1999 This is notwithstanding an expected

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Worm Melbourne
    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 WORM MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT At least half of Melbourne household maintain a worm farm as a way of reducing household waste and improving their soil TARGET DATE December 2003 PROGRESS Unknown DESCRIPTION Worm farms are a very effective ay of recycling food and garden waste on site While doing so they reduce waste to landfill improve

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Zero Waste Goal For Melbourne
    and systems to support continued waste reduction The philosophy laid out in the plan is clear and has environmental as well as economic benefits Reduce waste by using less in the first instance Reuse items to help lower the consumption of resources Recycle materials to minimise waste and improve efficiency While I was Chair of the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee I initiated Zero Waste to the City of Melbourne Municipal Strategic Statement as a goal to be achieved by 2010 Work towards implementing the strategy has been slow I will provide more detail from a report provided Council on progress during December 2002 EcoRecycle Victoria the state government agency responsible for waste planning and promoting the sustainable use of resources has developed a draft 10 year strategy Towards Zero Waste A Materials Efficiency Strategy for Victoria Copies of the draft strategy released March 2003 are available in word format by clicking on the underlined titles below Towards Zero Waste A Materials Efficiency Strategy for Victoria Summary Draft for Consultation 79 Kb word document The Victorian Towards Zero Waste Strategy was released for comment by EcoRecycle in March 2003 This strategy looks at waste issues Victoria wide and sets goals for the reduction of solid waste by 15 and the increased recovery rate ie what s recycled of 45 in household solid waste by July 2008 and 65 by July 2013 Darebin s current collection systems are achieving a kerbside recovery rate of 37 Information on Zero Waste activities in New Zealand are available at http www zerowaste co nz The Western Regional Waste Management Group s October 30 2002 submission to EcoRecycle Victoria is available as a 308 Kb word download by clicking on the underlined title I am a director of the Western Regional Waste Management Group This submission was provided as input to the development of the Solid Waste Strategy and was in response to EcoRecycle Victoria s Discussion Paper A Materials Efficient Future for Victoria The WRWMG supports EcoRecycle in its development of the Solid Waste Strategy and Solid Industrial Waste Management Plan for Victoria Below is a short introduction to the submission The WRWMG sees the need for a clear vision and change in direction so that Victorians break free of the constraints that have positioned Australians and Victorians among the highest in the world per capita in terms of waste to landfill In this regard the WRWMG supports the goal of Zero Waste to landfill and proposes a shift to Extended Producer Responsibility so that industry accepts lifecycle responsibility for the waste associated with its products Coupled with these initiatives and in view of the large proportion of construction and demolition waste disposed to landfill the WRWMG supports the introduction of a requirement for new developments and their ongoing operation to include a waste minimisation plan as part of the development approval process Community engagement and education are also seen as crucial to the success of the Solid Waste Strategy FURTHER INFORMATION 19

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Global Compact
    NATIONS GLOBAL COMPACT Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Melbourne has become the first city on the world to adopt the United Nations Global Compact and promotes its aims TARGET DATE December 2001 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The United Nations Global Compact is a joint initiative between world businesses and the United Nations that promotes human rights rights at work and environment and development principles The United Nations Global Compact has nine principles which its signatories agree to uphold These are To support and respect the protection of international human rights within their sphere of influence To ensure their corporations are not complicit in human rights abuses To support freedom of association and recognise the right to collectively bargain To eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour To effectively abolish child labour To eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation To support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges To undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility and To encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly The principles are based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the International Labour Organisation s Fundamental Principles on Rights at Work and the Rio Principles on environment and development Melbourne became the first city in the world to adopt the Global Compact when it joined in August 2001 The City of Melbourne has set a goal to have most companies operating in Melbourne to engage with the Global Compact by 2010 Obligations to promote and encourage local businesses to join are continuing At the instigation of the Committee for Melbourne a network of business and community groups and other stakeholders the City of Melbourne was approached as a possible candidate for joining the Global Compact After an exchange of letters with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan the United Nations confirmed

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Sustainability and Governance
    stakeholder two way dialogue Life cycle Business needs to take responsibility for their products from cradle to grave In other words they should address sustainability issues associated with raw materials production processes the consumption or use of the product and its ultimate disposal Additionally thinking needs to shift from concern about supplying products to fulfilling the function people expect Partnerships New partnerships will be needed to achieve sustainable outcomes Symbiotic partnerships between businesses communities and government will be required and traditional enemies should become complementors Time Planning and thinking will need to be long term and well beyond a single financial year Sustainability related programs and policies from the City of Melbourne The City of Melbourne is committed to improving the sustainability of both our internal operations and the municipality as a whole In striving to be a sustainable corporation the City of Melbourne was the first to gain accreditation from EcoRecycle Victoria as a Waste Wise organisation Melbourne was also the first Australian council to achieve all five milestones as part of the Cities for Climate Protection working with ICLEI to contribute to the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions Some of the City of Melbourne s key sustainability programs and achievements include First council in Victoria to gain accreditation as a Waste Wise organisation Waste wise 2002 2005 Triple Bottom Line Management TBL incorporated into corporate planning reporting governance and decision making processes Produced TBL Toolkit for Local Government A publicly available TBL decision making toolkit Energy and Greenhouse Member of Greenfleet plant trees to offset CO2 emissions from corporate fleet Purchase renewable energy for 10 of building needs and 30 of street lighting First Australian Municipality to reach the final Cities for Climate Protection Milestone 5 Achieved target reduction in corporate greenhouse gas emissions Melbourne s Greenhouse Action plan 2001 2003 City of Melbourne has produced a number of resources and policies relating to internal and external sustainability and is involved in initiatives including ICLEI Water Campaign As one of the five initial participants City of Melbourne is following a strategic approach to water management Sustainable Melbourne Fund The 5 million Sustainable Melbourne Fund will support projects that can demonstrate positive benefits to the city s economic prosperity social equity and environmental quality and allows Council to respond to such issues through the support of innovative and commercially viable options The Fund also showcases the City of Melbourne as a Sustainable City Leader both as a Corporation and as a municipality according to triple bottom line reporting principles The Fund will be operational from the start of 2003 TBL Program Toolkit A program to establish environmental social and economic indicators appropriate for the City of Melbourne corporation and the municipality and to develop measuring and reporting mechanisms to monitor progress Additionally the program aims to integrate triple bottom line thinking into existing management systems decision making processes and reporting protocols The City of Melbourne and ICLEI have produced a toolkit to make it easier for other councils

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities
    term vision is the starting point for catalysing positive change leading to sustainability The vision needs to reflect the distinctive nature and characteristics of each city The vision should express the shared aspirations of the people for their cities to become more sustainable The vision needs to address equity which means equal access to both natural and human resources as well as shared responsibility in ensuring that natural and human capital is not degraded for future generations A vision based on sustainability will help align and motivate communities governments businesses and others around a common purpose and provide a basis for developing a strategy action program and processes to achieve that vision MELBOURNE PRINCIPLE 2 Achieve long term economic and social security Clarification of Principle 2 Long term economic and social security are prerequisites for beneficial change and are an integral part of triple bottom line sustainability Prosperity and social stability are dependent upon environmentally sound sustainable development Economic strategies need to increase the value and vitality of human and natural systems and conserve and renew human financial and natural resources Other issues to consider include local democratic control of resources especially land use and watershed management self reliance in terms of energy and other inputs maximising local multipliers how to improve health and welfare systems etc Economic strategies should also guarantee the right to potable water clean air food security uncontaminated soil shelter and safe sanitation allocating the resources required MELBOURNE PRINCIPLE 3 Recognise the intrinsic value of biodiversity and natural ecosystems and their protection and restoration Clarification of Principle 3 Nature is something more than a commodity for the benefit of humans We share the Earth with many other life forms that have their own intrinsic value They warrant our respect whether or not they are of immediate benefit to us Just as humans have the ability to alter the habitat and even to extinguish other species we can also protect biodiversity Therefore we have a responsibility to act as custodians for nature MELBOURNE PRINCIPLE 4 Enable communities to minimise their ecological footprint Clarification of Principle 4 Cities draw in significant quantities of resources and have a significant impact on the environment well beyond what they can handle within their borders These unsustainable trends need to be substantially curbed and eventually reversed A convenient way to represent the impact of a city is to measure its ecological footprint The ecological footprint of a city is a measure of the load imposed by its population on nature It represents the land area necessary to sustain current levels of resource consumption and waste discharged by that population Reducing the ecological footprint of a city is a positive contribution towards sustainability Like any living system a community consumes material and energy inputs processes them into usable forms and generates wastes This represents the metabolism of the city and making this metabolism more efficient is essential to reducing the ecological footprint of a city Decisions should be based on an understanding of

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Proud Precincts
    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 PROUD PRECINCTS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne continues to encourage the development of strong civic engagement through the Precinct Enhancement Program TARGET DATE July 2002 PROGRESS Achieved Ongoing support required DESCRIPTION The Precinct Enhancement Program is financed and administered

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Gambling Less
    and intervention strategies are extremely complex to devise and implement While we wait for research to assist with this the industry have continually increased the intensity of play and thereby the size of the problem For example at the time of the Productivity Commission s report in 1999 gambling revenue as a proportion of Victoria s taxes was 16 per cent According to a recent report by David Hayward gambling related government revenue will reach 1 9 billion in the 2002 2003 financial year and 1 24 billion will come from electronic gaming machines elevating Victoria to the most gambling dependent state in Australia and among the most gambling dependent in the world A similar situation exists in NSW State Governments reliance on gambling revenue makes real reform very difficult to implement despite overwhelming public support I became a member of the Victorian Local Government Association s Gambling Working Group when I was first elected in 1999 After maintaining membership and attending meetings for about one year due to time constraints I was unable to continue I ensured that the City of Melbourne sent a staff member in my place The Victorian Local Government Association s Gambling Working Group who has worked hard towards the policy changes at a State level that have occurred over the last three years Melbourne City Council had not at that stage joined a study on gambling issues in Victoria I secured the 10 000 needed to complete work within the City of Melbourne which contributed to the information that led to the State level reforms FURTHER INFORMATION The Greens Victoria Fair Gambling Policy 1 Background An outline of the social and economic cost of Gambling in Victoria In 1999 the Productivity Commission Australia s gambling Industries Report No 10 AusInfo Canberra 1999 found that Australia had 20 4 per cent of the world s high intensity poker machines and that Australian machines were among the most aggressive in terms of annual throughput in the world In Victoria up to 27 500 EGMs are allowed to operate in addition to the machines in the casino In 2001 2 Victorians lost more than 2 5 Billion on EGMs The social costs of this level of gambling are enormous The Productivity Commission estimated that there were approximately 76 000 people with gambling problems in Victoria For every person with a gambling problem at least five other people are affected to varying degrees by that person s problems The Productivity Commission also found that there are 1 600 gambling related divorces per year nationally and that 13 of people in counselling for gambling problems reporting that their gambling had caused domestic or other violence The Uniting Church estimates that just in Victoria 30 000 families have been harmed by problem gambling One in ten people with gambling problems reported that they had contemplated suicide and nearly half of those in counselling for gambling problems reported losing time from work or study in the past year due to gambling

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