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  • A Good Life
    Sustain ability Game Dave s Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate 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 04 Jul Sep 04 Apr Jun 04 Jan Mar 04 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 03 Jul Sep 03 Apr Jun 03 Jan Mar 03 Rosa and Dave s News Views 02 Through Green Coloured Glasses 03 02 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 04 01 01 99 Pre 99 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 01 04 99 01 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 A GOOD LIFE Involving others in our life is an easy way to live a good life Being involved with others also helps ourselves to enjoy a better life A good life A Good Life offers simple and easy to do ideas that allow you to help others and so to help yourself I have just started developing this page so call in when you can to see further developments Even better if you have good ideas that you think should be included please email me David Risstrom Below are some of the ideas I think are worth looking at See how you go EASY IDEAS FOR A GOOD LIFE Microfinance Giving a small amount of money to make a big difference to someone who has less Native animal nesting boxes in Melbourne Having a cup of tea with a friend Being nice

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  • Thinking Environment - Biosphere Organisational Review
    Paper following initial consultation period More info Sat 10 Sep Options Paper distributed with invitation to members and the public to make further responses More info Sat 10 Sep Fri 7 Oct Second consultation period for members and the public to respond to the Options Paper Please note that due to various requests submissions will continue to be accepted until 5pm Mon 10 Oct Please contact David Risstrom if more time is needed More info Sat 8 Oct 13 Oct Responses to Draft Options Paper received analysed and incorporated Review report developed in consultation with Working Group More info Thu 13 Oct Consultant submits Review Report with recommendations to Board More info Thu 20 Oct Board considers Review Report and recommendations More info Sat 19 Nov Currently scheduled date for the 2005 Biosphere Foundation Annual General Meeting More info 2 MORE DETAILS ON WHAT THE REVIEW INVOLVES The Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation Organisational Review Discussion Paper is available as a 48 Kb Microsoft Word download by clicking on the underlined title 3 DETAILS ON WORKSHOPS AND CONSULTATIONS PLANNED FOR THE REVIEW At least 2 workshops will be held before your views are incorporated into the Options Paper If you have a question about the workshops please email me by clicking here Biosphere Review My return email has further contact details Everyone is welcome to attend one or both of the workshops 9 30 11 30 am Saturday 27 August 2005 at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Office Marine Pde Hastings 9 30 11 30 am Saturday 3 September 2005 at the Mornington Peninsula Shire Office Marine Pde Hastings The workshops will be structured and managed to address the key questions openly and inclusively and in a punchy time efficient manner There will be a subsequent opportunity for all Foundation members to provide formal comment in response to exhibition of the Options Paper Key questions will include What aspects if any of the current Constitution and Roundtable Rules are inconsistent with MAB principles and guidelines What aspects of the Constitution create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation s achieving the objectives of the MAB program the commitments of the nomination the conditions of the State Government endorsement the vision as expressed in the Charter the due diligence expectations of a corporation under the Corporations Act other relevant expectations of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation such as engagement of the broader community What aspects of the Roundtable rules create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation s achieving the objectives of the MAB program the commitments of the nomination the conditions of the State Government endorsement the vision as expressed in the Charter the due diligence expectations of a corporation under the Corporations Act other relevant expectations of the Biosphere Reserve Foundation such as engagement of the broader community What aspects of any other administrative arrangements adopted or used by the Foundation create an actual or potential barrier to the Foundation s achieving the objectives of the

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: 1% For Humanity
    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 1 FOR HUMANITY Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Citizens of the City of Melbourne and beyond donate 1 of their taxable income to an organisation of their choice that assists developing countries TARGET DATE June 2003 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION Individuals choose to make a donation or donations to organisations such as Community Aid Abroad World Vision Medicines Sans Frontiers or International Help Fund Australia that have strong reputations for providing unconditional assistance to people of less fortunate developing countries I have made a personal commitment to donating 1 of my previous year s taxable income to Community Aid Abroad and or Medicines Sans Frontiers or other organisations I become convinced will use my donation in the best interests of the recipients From June 2003 I have made a donation of 1 of my gross income to Community Aid Abroad Each of us could commit to making donations totalling 1 of our current taxable income or 1 of our taxable income in the previous income tax year so that you can be aware of the size of your donation ahead of the time you decide to make it A person could choose to give whichever amount they found easier to calculate or plan for The United Nations Millennium Summit developed goals that called for poverty and hunger to be halved by 2015 Although the United Nations set a target for development aid of 0 7 of Gross National Product GNP Australia s foreign aid is currently around 0 27 of GNP As personal income tax deductions are effectively subsidised by our government at your marginal tax rate ie

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Sustainable Melbourne Fund
    on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS 5 MILLION SUSTAINABLE MELBOURNE FUND Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne has established a 5 million Sustainable Melbourne Fund to further environmental Sustainability in the City of Melbourne TARGET DATE March 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION In 1999 I proposed that the City Of Melbourne establish a trust fund to provide finance to projects and groups that want to do things to further environmental sustainability in the City of Melbourne The Sustainable Melbourne Fund was officially launched at the City Baths on Tuesday 23 September 2003 Unlike some other funds the Sustainable Melbourne Fund allows for draw down of its capital with the Fund Charter stating that the fund is looking for A net return of 4 5 over the first 10 years of the Fund and a net return of 150 of the 10 year bond rate in the longer term using the rate current at commencement of the Fund on the Fund s total investment of 5 million The Sustainable Melbourne Fund was established by the Melbourne City Council as an innovative and forward focused initiative to provide financial assistance and investment in specific projects that enhance the environment community and economic benefits for the people of Melbourne The establishment and growth of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund is identified as an important council initiative within City Plan 2010 our blue print for being a thriving and sustainable city The Fund is designed to be self sustaining delivering a measurable rate of return This will allow the City of Melbourne to support environmental initiatives in the community for many years to come The Sustainable Melbourne Fund operates as a unit trust with an independent board of trustees appointed to manage the strategic direction of the Fund and all Fund investment activities The Melbourne City Council is the sole unit holder and has made an initial contribution to the trust of 5 million Future partnership opportunities The City of Melbourne is committed to supporting environmental initiatives and through the Sustainable Melbourne Fund hopes to invest in other industries such as energy and waste For information about future partnership opportunities contact Peter Castellas Fund Manager 9754 1862 or email pcastellas gkv com au FURTHER INFORMATION This information describing the first green project facilitated by the Sustainable Melbourne Fund is taken from the City of Melbourne website The City of Melbourne s innovative 5 million Sustainable Melbourne Fund has begun its first green project a water efficiency program for business The program will see money invested in water saving infrastructure for local organisations The system has been devised by Yarra Valley Water and fellow water retailers City West Water and South East Water are now in the process of joining the program Under the scheme businesses and organisations such as universities and schools can undergo a water audit to determine where they can make water savings Where costly infrastructure

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: One Million Dollars For Bicycles
    Elections 2008 Sustain ability Game Dave s Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It 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 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR BICYCLES Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne allocates one million dollars each year to bicycles TARGET DATE July 2004 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION Transport infrastructure has historically been to support motor vehicle traffic often with indifference to other forms of lower impact transport such as walking or bicycle riding This goal is to secure a million dollar allocation for bicycles in the Council s budget I amended the City of Melbourne s 2004 5 budget to include a one million commitment to bicycle infrastructure and projects for the following two years The amendment was accepted by Council and endorsed at its Finance Corporate Services and Governance Committee and Council meeting on 27 May

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Social Housing
    Howe AFFORDABLE HOUSING FORUM MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2004 The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Committee for Economic Development Australia is launching a discussion paper titled Better housing futures Stimulating Private Investment in Affordable Housing The report will be launched at an Affordable Housing Forum at CEDA Level 5 136 Exhibition Street Melbourne from 8 45am 1 30pm Monday 23rd February 2004 In February 2003 representatives from the housing development finance and government sectors agreed to work collaboratively to promote the development and implementation of a national strategy to increase the supply of affordable rental housing The Allen Consulting Group was engaged to compare policy options that would increase the supply of affordable rental housing and to examine the impact of these options in terms of the costs and benefits facing governments and society more broadly The Affordable Housing Forum is now being reconvened to consider the findings of the report and discuss responses to it from representatives of government the finance sector and organisations involved in the delivery of affordable housing The forum is by invitation so if you wish to attend please contact Sally Jope on 03 9483 1306 or by email at sjope bsl org au at the Brotherhood of St Laurence by Friday 13th February An executive summary of the report is available by clicking on the title Better housing futures Stimulating Private Investment in Affordable Housing I gave a short talk at a Housing Conference at the Melbourne Town Hall in May 04 on the history and operations of Melbourne Affordable Housing I have provided the details below as a description of Melbourne Affordable Housing as of May 04 The City of Melbourne has had a history of involvement in affordable housing provision dating back to the mid 1980 s through various policy forums The PostCode 3000 project of the early 1990 s a project to encourage residential development in CBD highlighted the continuing loss of affordable housing in the city through the closure of the Salvation Army People s Palace the redevelopment of the Great Southern Hotel 1993 and Kingsgate Hotel 1995 and others Council established the PostCode 3000 Affordable Housing Project in an attempt to respond to the continuing loss of low cost beds 600 000 was set aside by Council in 1995 to be used as leverage for a project Of the money 300 000 was used to initiate a project that has resulted in 40 x one bedroom units being constructed in the CBD At a total cost of around 4 2 million partners included Better Cities program Dept of Infrastructure and the Director of Housing Spurred on by the above Council appointed a full time housing officer in 1997 and developed its first major Social Housing Strategy Apart from endeavouring to retain existing public and community housing rooming houses and low cost hotels the Strategy sought to address the issue of creating additional affordable housing in the inner urban area 1 million was set aside to establish a social housing trust

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Sustaining Democracy
    People s Forum to inculcate a sense of Athenian democracy where the people of the city come to sit in the seats the Councillors would usually use and the citizens of Melbourne could set the agenda for discussions with their Councillors The Melbourne City Council website describes it this way The People s Forums your chance to set the agenda at a meeting with Melbourne City Councillors Held in the historic Council Chamber and open to all members of the community the People s Forum provides another opportunity to ask questions present views and exchange ideas with Councillors and other members of the public on issues that are important to the City and its community 2 Recording of Votes in Council This mandates that the votes of Councillors in Council and Committee are recorded in all instances Councillors vote in formal Council meetings with rules allowing the majority decision to be carried as the decision of Council Previously Councillor votes were only recorded as for or against if a request for a recording of the votes or a division was formally made This meant most votes were carried without a record of how individual Councillors voted on that decision 3 Recording Councillor Comments in Council and Committee This mandates that the relevant comments of Councillors in Council and Committee are recorded in the minutes of Council and Committee Councillors frequently make comments that are relevant to the decisions they take in Council This idea is to ensure that where relevant comments are made by Councillors that their is a mechanism and expectation for those comments to be recorded faithfully I proposed this to the Council and it was adopted by the Council The City of Melbourne has continued to adopt this approach now recording Council proceedings on tape and recording the relevant comments in the published minutes This measure in addition to my adopted proposal to record the votes of Councillors on all formal decisions has created a record of accountability previously not available but nevertheless much needed 4 Successfully Changing the Practice Of Presenting Council Material in Confidential Session When I was first elected to Melbourne City Council in 1999 approximately half of the agenda of Council meetings was conducted in closed sessions that excluded public scrutiny I felt this was wrong and set about to change the way Council operated as a open decision making body Reforms I introduced lead to the previous practice of approximately half of Council decision making moving from closed session to one where the Council considered the merits of whether the matters should be dealt with in closed session and increased the proportion of open sessions dramatically 5 Reforming the Rules Concerning Commercial In Confidence 6 Protecting Freedom Of Political Expression for People in the City of Melbourne A recognition and reminder that political freedom needs to be gained maintained and re gained events as described below meant the long hard for right to freedom of political expression was again under threat Left

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: 10,000 Bicycle Parks in the CBD by 2010
    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 10 000 BICYCLE PARKS IN THE CBD BY 2010 Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne has set a target of 10 000 bicycle parks in the CBD by 2010 TARGET DATE October 2003 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION This policy is to set a target of providing 10 000 bicycle parks in the CBD by 2010 through a combination of on street and off street parking in parking garages inside city buildings and other areas where bicycles are used as transport I proposed this to the City of Melbourne Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee on Tuesday 7 October 2003 as an amendment to a report on providing bicycle parking at the City Baths The Council accepted my proposal making it policy The CBD currently has an estimated 2 000 bicycle parking spaces made up of approximately 6 700 on street hoops and 600 dedicated off street bicycle parking spaces FURTHER INFORMATION Participants in the 8 October 2003 Ride to Work Day were very pleased to hear

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