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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Greening the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS GREENING THE 2006 MELBOURNE COMMONWEALTH GAMES Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games are a Green Games that minimises its environmental impact and presents as a demonstration of what can be achieved in holding major events TARGET DATE March 2006 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Melbourne Australia is hosting the 2006 Commonwealth Games a forerunner of the British based Empire Games Greening of the Commonwealth Games would involve using the opportunities the Games present to minimise the environmental impact the Games have and allow them to be a springboard for new and better ideas on how we can limit our negative impact on the planet while improving our enjoyment of it The bulk of the Games activities and the Commonwealth Village being developed to house the Games athletes are within the municipal boundaries of the City of Melbourne As a Melbourne City Councillor in conjunction with representatives of the Victorian Local Government Association VLGA and Royal Park Protection Society met an numerous occasions with the Victorian Minister responsible for the Games Justin Madden and his advisers As a result of the representations made and notice of motion put forward through Melbourne City Council a government inquiry was established to enquire as to how the Games could be made more sustainable I gave evidence to that enquiry in conjunction with Robyn Leeson and

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Household Water Audit Service
    GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS HOUSEHOLD WATER AUDIT SERVICE Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Household water audits are available as a way of informing willing households to assess and reduce their water use TARGET DATE September 2004 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION A Melbourne Household Water Audit Services would probably involve a considered assessment of how water is used in your household and an assessment on how easy it would be to reduce water use or increase the effectiveness of water where it is used MCC households would be invited to participate Auditors would check the garden and dwelling of each participating household and provide a concise easy to follow report on the most practical and economical options for cutting water usage Practical assistance in installing some of the measures could be provided to households that lack someone with DIY ability Examples of water saving measures inside a house include efficient use of dishwashing machines modification of single flush toilets eg insertion of used plastic bottles in cisterns is a low cost option water efficient showerheads and so on Outside the house advice can be offered on soil water retention improvement eg adding organic compost water efficient garden irrigation systems eg using inexpensive tubing to be attached to taps water efficient plantings especially natives or cacti succulents ways of improving plants drought tolerance eg deep watering rather than constant light watering mulching and so on The service could include providing a service that utilises local horticulturalists either professional or knowledgeable amateur enthusiasts and other people with appropriate knowledge and skills eg Green DIY enthusiasts to conduct Water Use Audits of local households It would be possible to train volunteers or use casual employees to assist with the Audit hence increased labour demand and therefore jobs or a possible vocational training option for the unemployed This remedy could be low cost or cost neutral over the longer term for participating households due to cheaper water bills There are a large number of practical low cost water conserving options that have been successfully utilised in other communities in addition to those I have mentioned above that auditors could research using the internet as a quick and cheap research methodology The City of Melbourne has begun a pilot program in Kensington and North Melbourne called Greensaver providing water and energy audits free of charge GreenSaver aims to reduce water and energy use in the residential sector by offering education and advice detailed audits and subsidised water and energy efficient products GreenSaver is a partnership between the City of Melbourne Green Plumbers and CSIRO It is being offered to Kensington and North Melbourne residents as a pilot program after which we hope to offer it to other residents in the municipality It is limited to 400 households The program is set to roll out in mid March but we are taking expressions of interest now By registering your expression of interest you will be placed on a contact list to receive more information details are currently

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Land For Wildlife
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS LAND FOR WILDLIFE IN MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT 50 properties in the City of Melbourne have been accepted into the Land For Wildlife program TARGET DATE December 2003 PROGRESS None DESCRIPTION Land For Wildlife is a voluntary program that

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Legal Standing As Friend Of The Environment
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS LEGAL STANDING AS FRIEND OF THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE LIKELY MATERIAL DETRIMENT EXISTS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Where on application a court or tribunal determines that a proposed activity or development is determined as likely to have a material detriment to the environment that the Court or Tribunal be empowered to declare that a friend of the court be appointed to independently represent the interests of the environment TARGET DATE September 2006 PROGRESS None to date DESCRIPTION The question of who represents the environment in legal proceedings has been long standing and long unanswered In Family and Children s Court proceedings there has been a long standing legislative capacity for the Court to act in the best interests of the child where their interests are not independently and adequately represented In criminal cases the High Court has confirmed the right of defendants to be adequately represented in Dietrich s case where access to legal aid was nominated as a right Some may argue that environment rights can only be represented by people whose environmental rights are being affected More developed understanding of the environment in modern times makes that argument less solid The case of air pollution such as carbon dioxide designed to plume into the upper atmosphere is one that may clearly cause detriment to the environment but may be difficult for adjoining land owners to demonstrate their standing in Court My proposal is that where on application a court or tribunal determines that a proposed activity or development is determined as likely to

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Energy Demand Unit
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS A MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL INTERNAL ENERGY DEMAND UNIT Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Melbourne City Council has established an Energy Demand Unit that has reduced energy wastage in the Council s own operations and then is able to provide advice to constituents and businesses within the Municipality TARGET DATE December 2003 PROGRESS Mixed DESCRIPTION The Energy Demand Unit was tasked to undertake what is known as demand management Simply this is about reducing the waste of energy and money by the unexamined use of electricity In many cases in business and government because energy has been seen as cheap and an essential that is automatically paid the amount of money being wasted through inefficient energy consumption has often gone unnoticed I wrote and successfully moved a Notice of Motion in November 1999 requiring the establishment of a Melbourne City Council Energy Demand Unit 100 000 was allocated in the budget to implement the motion Discussions were held between myself and the administration confirming the nature of the Energy Demand Unit and how it might best operate Despite the Council decision and the unambiguous discussions I had this was not implemented money was allocated to consultancies and the 90 000 remainder was returned to next year s budget One of the casualties of the privatisation of

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Melbourne City Council Environment Department Established
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS MELBOURNE CITY COUNCIL ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT ESTABLISHED Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The Melbourne City Council has established an Environment Department TARGET DATE July 2001 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The City of Melbourne has established an Environment Division which

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Native Nature Strips
    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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS NATIVE NATURE STRIPS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Melbourne s nature strips host native plants and habitat for local indigenous plants insects and birds TARGET DATE December 2006 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Many of Melbourne s residential streets have a strip of lawn in between their footpath and the roadway known as nature strips Nature strips have traditionally been tightly cut sections of lawn manicured by their custodians with their other Australia icon the Victa lawnmower While forests and other natural areas have had a great deal of effort put into their protection grasses have not and now represent some of the most fragmented and endangered flora communities in Australia This idea would encourage the City of melbourne and its residents to redo their nature strips with native grasses or other plants that will require less maintenance provide better habitat for local plants insects and animals and offer seed saving sanctuaries throughout our suburbs Particularly given the more recent understanding that urban areas provide an important refuge for many threatened

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Recycled Paper at the City of Melbourne
    is offcuts from the original milling process Therefore when you use their recycled products the paper you use is not necessarily removing used paper form the waste stream that is filling up our municipal tip sites 100 post consumer waste paper means that 100 of the paper used to make the product you buy has been used at least once before FURTHER INFORMATION More reasons for using recycled paper can be found at Australian Paper Watch sponsored by the Friends of the Earth In 1999 while I was Chair of the Melbourne City Council Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee I worked directly with staff to trial and introduce recycled paper into the City of Melbourne s procurement Over a period of three years during which paper and photocopying trials were undertaken the Council also did external research to come to the conclusion that 100 post consumer waste paper known as Evolve was the superior product on triple bottom line principles Even though Evolve is sourced from the United Kingdom even taking into account the increase energy requirements of transporting the paper to Australia Evolve s environmental performance is superior to the majority of other papers currently available on the Australian market One of the aims of using 100 post consumer waste paper is to send a market signal to say that large organisations are wishing to use paper with high environmental performance standards and to help create a market for those products In 2003 after having changed to Fuji Xerox photocopiers and having confirmed their suitability for recycled paper a decision was taken to centrally procure paper Due to a lack of research and inability to take into account the extensive research undertaken to reach the decision to choose Revolve the administration undertook to change our office paper supply to 60 recycled Fuji Xerox Greenwrap Fuji Xerox could only confirm that the wood products they sourced came from a New Zealand mill As it is very unusual for mills themselves to grow forest products this provided very little guidance as to where the forest products were actually sourced from This resulted in the report below which I wrote and presented to Council CENTRALISED PROCUREMENT OF PAPER Motion That the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee 1 Endorse the decision of the Corporate Management Team to centralise and standardise the procurement of paper used for printing and copying 2 Request the Waste Task Group develop a policy for the procurement of paper used for printing and copying 3 Council recommend the purchasing of Evolve or a paper of equivalent or superior environmental performance following an exploration of the benefits of doing so and having consulted with the Waste Task Group 4 Note that this decision is being made by the Committee under delegation from the Council and is subject to the referral notice process MOVED CR DAVID RISSTROM BACKGROUND This report has arisen from a question I asked in the July 2003 ECCD meeting concerning the previously change of paper

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