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  • David Risstrom 2003 ICLEI Executive Committee Nomination
    Local Governance Association delegate Director Western Regional Waste Group Director MAPS Municipal Purchasing Group Past Elected or Staff Position with a Local Government or Association of Local Governments Chair Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee 3 99 7 01 Chair Metropolitan Transport Forum 3 99 12 00 Committee Member Central Activities District Melbourne Police and Community Consultative Committee 3 99 7 01 II 2 Candidacy Statement In 300 words or less please provide a statement explaining why you wish to serve on the ICLEI Executive Committee and what leadership resources and or skills you would hope to contribute to the organisation during your term in office This statement will be used in the official ballot materials Please type below Serving on ICLEI s Executive and Management Committee from 2000 to present has been a valuable opportunity to consolidate my pursuit of environmental and governance issues and to further stimulate ICLEI activity in the region During my term Melbourne has become the Australia New Zealand ICLEI headquarters The skills Melbourne City Council and I bring to ICLEI are demonstrated in our achievements so far As Chair of the Melbourne City Council s Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee and as an ICLEI Executive and Management Committee I have worked hard to put environment high on the agenda During that time Council has adopted proposals I have sponsored that include A 5 million Environment Initiatives Trust Fund similar to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund A strong involvement at the World Summit on Sustainable Development Triple bottom line accounting and reporting as Council s standard Australia wide ICLEI Green Purchasing Program Pilot ICLEI Water Campaign Pilot Amending the Local Government Act to include environmental sustainability in the purposes of Council activity People s Forums held in the Council Chamber discussing environmental and other issues where constituents occupy the seats normally used by Councillors Establishing the Melbourne wide Metropolitan Environment Forum with local government environment and community membership Melbourne has committed significant resources to sustain the Australia New Zealand ICLEI headquarters In addition to progress with Cities for Climate Protection Council is seeking 30 reductions on 1996 greenhouse gas levels by 2010 for Council and 20 for the Community and initiated the APEC Sustainable Cities 2020 Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions Strategy Having Melbourne as ICLEI Regional Headquarters ensures a local government focus on the environment will be both well supported and resourced My aim is those activities further catalyse an already impressively rate of progress in local environment initiatives within the region II 3 Description of Background In 200 words or less please provide a description of your professional background and its relevance to the work of ICLEI This statement will be used in the official ballot materials Please type below My professional life has been geared towards environmental issues I have served on ICLEI s Executive Committee and Management Committees from 2000 to present I am Deputy Chair of Melbourne City Council s Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee Aboriginal Consultative Committee and

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: MCC Car Fleet Averaging 8 Litres/100km
    council business I undertook research which I provided to the September 2003 Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee The issues and responses I researched included Downsizing vehicles optimising vehicle use maximising efficiency using electric and hybrid vehicles eliminating fleet vehicles using alternative fuels facilitating public transport walking and telecommuting and incorporating efficiency into bid specifications At the October 2001 Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee I was successful in passing a motion requiring the purchase of two Hybrid cars A press release following their purchase stated MELBOURNE CITY TEST DRIVES NEW HYBRID FUEL CARS 14 February 2002 Media release Chair and Deputy Chair of the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee Crs Kate Redwood and David Risstrom will today test drive two new hybrid fuel cars which have been purchased for the City of Melbourne car pool The Prius Hybrid cars will be officially handed over to the councillors by senior executives from Toyota outside the front of the Melbourne Town Hall in Swanston Street As a Council we are committed to creating an environmentally responsible city said Cr Redwood This means not only addressing issues like greenhouse gas emissions sustainable development and biodiversity but also ensuring efficient use of resources As a council body we see it as our role to set good examples in these areas In presenting the motion to buy the cars to the committee December 2001 Cr Risstrom said the new cars could represent a fuel saving of around 60 As the vehicle runs on ordinary unleaded petrol this should represent significant fuel cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions over the existing fleet The Prius is a conventional body full featured medium sized passenger car which is driven by a combination of petrol motor and electric motor The electric motor powers the car at take off and low speed and operates as a generator for excess energy when the car is braking allowing the vehicle to achieve very low fuel consumption At the 9 July 2003 Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee I was successful in passing a motion with the following elements I will provide exact wording when confirmed Council investigates establishing a corporate fleet having an average fuel consumption of 8 litres 100 km Driver training on fuel efficiency driving techniques be provided The employee car packages be modified to make people with more fuel efficient cars pay more and less fuel efficient cars pay less A management report was prepared in response to the above request which was ultimately presented to the September 2003 Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee That the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee Note this report Set a target that Council s operational fleet operate at 8 litres per 100 Km or less by June 2005 or earlier Investigate the use of alternative fuels including ethanol hydrogen and compressed natural gas for use by the operational fleet Investigate the use of electric vehicles and the new and emerging technology such as hybrids and fuel cells especially Australian

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Indigenous Reconciliation
    land management protocols May 2004 Finance The implementation of the recommendations in this report will have funding implications as outlined and certain recommendations will need to be considered during the 2003 2004 budget process Legal Legal advice will be provided as necessary in regards to the matters in the Calendar of Events and the proposed partnership with Reconciliation Victoria Inc Sustainability Addressing Indigenous issues and developing new effective initiatives for progressing Indigenous equity and interests at the City of Melbourne is perceived by the community as critical to the City s provision of long term social and environmental sustainability Connected and Accessible City The development of the partnership with Reconciliation Victoria is in accordance with the strategic direction of building of relationships at the local level that consolidate Melbourne s capital city role and promote social equity Innovative and Vital Business City The proposed actions will support Melbourne s reputation as a smart creative and progressive city Inclusive and Engaging City The proposed actions directly and significantly contribute to creating an environment that empowers and fosters community involvement and builds social and community networks Understanding welcoming and embracing all sectors of the community is important to enable all to participate fully in City life Environmentally Responsible City There is little or no impact anticipated on environmental objectives however all activities undertaken will consider minimising negative environmental impacts Recommendation That the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee approve in principle the proposed Calendar of Events containing initiatives aimed at supporting Council s commitment to reconciliation including the proposed partnership with Reconciliation Victoria Inc which will be the subject of a further report to Committee and updating and reaffirming the Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation undertake the actions in the proposed Calendar of Events already approved for funding in the 2002 03 budget and refer the remaining proposed Calendar of Events estimated at 176 000 to the 2003 04 budget process for consideration approve in principle the proposed Indigenous program as outlined as Option 2 in this report and the related Action Plan estimated at 188 000 and refer to the 2003 04 budget process for consideration note the consultant s report contained in Attachment 2 and note that this decision is being made by the Committee under delegation from the Council and is subject to the referral notice process Cr Risstrom developed the following motion which was adopted unanimously at the 6 August 2002 Melbourne City Council Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee DAVID S RESOLUTION 30 That the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee 30 1 Notes the City s existing programs and relationships for and with Melbourne s indigenous communities outlined in Attachment 1 30 2 Approve appropriate and respectful consultation with Indigenous spokespersons and organisations in relation to the development of an Indigenous Employment Strategy 30 3 Reaffirm the Statement of Commitment to Indigenous Australians by the City of Melbourne 30 4 Provide a report to the 3 December 2002 meeting of the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee on the feasibility of the establishment of an Indigenous Unit within the City of Melbourne which would report to the Director of City Assets Services and to the Chair of the Aboriginal Consultative Group 30 5 Commence a 12 month discussion between the City of Melbourne its constituents ATSIC and the wider indigenous community on how to advance reconciliation in the City of Melbourne As a means of achieving broad community involvement the City of Melbourne commits to initiate discussions on options for 1 A Negotiating a land use agreement 2 Identifying and acknowledging our pre European history in the City of Melbourne 3 Providing current and future staff and councillors with the opportunity to participate in cross cultural awareness training 4 Increasing the involvement of indigenous people in the delivery of services for and on behalf of the City of Melbourne 5 Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags during important times such as NAIDOC week 6 A strategy to advance representation by Indigenous councillors These discussions will be co ordinated through the Aboriginal Consultative Group 30 6 Establish a 6 month cycle for reporting on the progress of the discussions in 30 5 above from the Aboriginal Consultative Group ACG to the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee and 30 7 Note that this decision is being made under delegation from the Council and is subject to the referral notice process Moved Cr David Risstrom BACKGROUND PROVIDED BY DAVID RISSTROM WITH THE NOTICE OF MOTION Australian Local Government s including the City of Melbourne have established their commitment to Aboriginal Reconciliation over a significant period and on many occasions In 1996 the 50th anniversary of the Australian Local Government Association the General Assembly of Local Government resolved the following Statement of Commitment This National General Assembly of Local Government Reaffirms its commitment to the right of all Australians to enjoy equal rights and be treated with equal respect regardless of race colour creed or origin Reaffirms its commitment to maintaining an immigration policy wholly non discriminatory on grounds of race colour creed or origin Reaffirms its commitment to the process of reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the context of redressing their profound social and economic disadvantage Reaffirms its commitment to maintaining Australia as a culturally diverse tolerant and open society united by an overriding commitment to our nation and its democratic institutions and values Denounces racial intolerance in any form as incompatible with the kind of society we are and want to be Further this National General Assembly calls upon Councils throughout Australia to give practical effect to the above commitment by Actively promoting the benefits of a cohesive multicultural society Supporting the Council of Aboriginal Reconciliation s vision for a united Australia and local declarations of Reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples Promoting access and equity in service provisions for all members of their communities Addressing wherever possible the special needs of disadvantaged groups Reconciliation involves building a new relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the wider community with an aim to healing the pain of the past and ensuring we all share fairly and equally in our national citizenship The Commonwealth Parliament has recognised the need for Reconciliation by declaring that Australia was occupied by Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders for thousands of years before British colonisation at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788 Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders suffered dispossession and dispersal from their traditional lands by the British Crown There has been no formal reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation identified five steps to Reconciliation Understanding and accepting the history of our shared experience between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community Respecting Indigenous cultures and identity Recognising that past injustice continues to give rise to present injustices for indigenous Australians Identifying what more needs to be done and making changes within Australian society Revaluing our citizenship to live together in unity and harmony The City of Melbourne is a strong supporter of indigenous activities particularly in the arts and culture as the list of activities attached to this report shows Nevertheless despite efforts to date it is clear that indigenous people remain as among some of the most disadvantaged people in our community Indigenous life expectancy is low social dislocation is evident and a wealth of knowledge tradition and human potential is being jeopardised With a culture and tradition as long living and as rich and diverse as our indigenous community I believe there is an obvious benefit to working together to see how we as a community can move forward The purpose of this resolution is to give practical effect to Reconciliation with our indigenous community by confirming the existing indigenous programs in the City of Melbourne give practical support to broadening our involvement with indigenous communities and commencing discussion with our community on how best to advance Aboriginal Reconciliation This information was sourced by David Risstrom from Milward K Wurreker Local Government Indigenous Partnerships Resource Guides Melbourne Municipal Association of Victoria and Wensing E 2002 Working with Native Title Linking native title and Council process Deakin Australian Local Government Association and The Australian Local Government Association website on 5 8 2002 at www alga com au site page cfm site page id 126 site nav id 95 THE MANAGEMENT REPORT TO THE COUNCIL INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF MELBOURNE This report was presented to the committee by Denise Shearer Co ordinator Social Planning and Projects Purpose 1 To advise Committee on the City s existing programs and to seek approval to commence consultation on the development of an Employment Strategy a leadership initiative for and with Melbourne s Indigenous communities Background 2 The City of Melbourne has adopted a proactive stance in the support of Reconciliation Indigenous culture and Indigenous community issues for several years Attachment 1 is the Council s Statement of Commitment to Reconciliation Attachment 2 outlines the many projects activities services grants and other areas of support that the City currently provides The report also outlines existing advisory and consultative mechanisms that inform and support these programs 3 Council established the Aboriginal Consultative Group ACG in 1997 as a key element of the Council s consultative approach Its purpose is to provide professional and strategic advice on issues affecting Indigenous Australians and guidance in relation to the implementation of strategies to achieve the objectives of the Statement of Commitment 4 Originally the ACG was comprised of a number of Indigenous community representatives and 3 Councillors It has been restructured twice in response to issues raised by the Indigenous community and the ACG itself about its ongoing effectiveness Cr Risstrom chairs the ACG 5 A number of the ACG s original functions have been assumed by two more recently established and highly focussed Council advisory structures namely the Indigenous Arts Advisory Panel IAAP which provides advice on cultural activities and by the Indigenous Advisory Forum IAF which provides advice on social support issues 6 Toomangi Indigenous Communities and Local Government a Victorian Study has recently been published with support from the Municipal Association of Victoria ATSIC Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and the Department of Infrastructure Among examples of local government best practice the City of Melbourne is recognised for its acknowledgement at meetings and events recognising traditional owners The Study also identifies ways in which Local Governments can show leadership about reconciliation 7 The newly formed Indigenous Cultural Alliance submitted a detailed paper during the consultation period for the 2002 3 budget The signatories and members of the Alliance constitute a high profile cross section of the Indigenous cultural community in Victoria and Melbourne The paper recommends a number of actions including increased funding for Indigenous cultural life and activity the creation of an Indigenous Unit within Council and a review of the activities of the ACG 8 This paper reflects some options and ideas abut the future of the City of Melbourne s relations with Indigenous communities and presents some options that need to be the subject of extensive and focused consultation with Indigenous representatives elders and relevant Indigenous organisations Issues 9 The City of Melbourne has initiated a number of projects that support and promote contemporary Indigenous culture Council through a dedicated grants budget supports Indigenous artists and cultural groups to perform exhibit and develop their unique culture for the widest possible audience as outlined in Attachment 2 10 The City has also supported a number of significant cultural events including Sorry Day the inclusion of significant Indigenous presence in activities such as Australia Day the naming and dedication of Birrarung Marr Moomba Most recently the City supported Mabo Day the 10th anniversary of the recognition of the land rights of Indigenous people in the Torres Strait 11 The City of Melbourne through staff and Councillors has a wide network of informal linkages with the Indigenous community The benefits of these programs and linkages position the City to adopt a leadership role within the State and nationally Indigenous Advisory Forum IAF 12 The Indigenous Advisory Forum provides advice to Council on issues related to the social well being empowerment and quality of life for Aboriginal residents and visitors to the City of Melbourne 13 It has oversighted a study of the Aboriginal people who congregate around the St Paul s Cathedral area and within the City of Melbourne that have a myriad of complex disadvantages including homelessness poverty poor education and employment prospects mental health and health issues Council currently funds Ngwala Willumbong to provide a case management response on an as required basis 14 The study consulted with Indigenous people churches services and traders and concluded that the needs and issues are beyond the capacity of the current service response Further that there are specific issues affecting the Indigenous community which relate to accessing services The report recommends the development of an outreach and a flexible brokerage model that would provide case management and linkages between service providers and the client group to address their needs as they relate to alcohol and drug issues housing welfare and health needs A service specification is currently being prepared 15 In addition the report emphasised the need for a positive and structural approach to improving outcomes and the opportunity for the City of Melbourne to provide a leadership role The study recommended the City of Melbourne undertake the following 15 1 extend the involvement of Indigenous people in decision making 15 2 establish local sporting and recreational activities which would involve young Indigenous people and their families 15 3 provide cross cultural training for better relations between Aboriginal people and the wider community based on mutual respect mutual interest and association and 15 4 the develop an employment strategy which specifically targets Indigenous people Aboriginal Consultative Group ACG 16 Even though the ACG has itself considered issues about its effectiveness it has expressed the view that Council should 16 1 develop an Indigenous employment strategy including the development of an Indigenous unit 16 2 identify opportunities for partnerships with key agencies around Indigenous tourism and the like and 16 3 consider and consult with the community about Indigenous Land Use Agreements Indigenous Arts Advisory Panel IAAP 17 The Indigenous Arts Advisory Panel was created in 2000 to provide strategic advice on the development of cultural activities in the Indigenous community and also to advise directly on the provision of grants for Indigenous cultural activities The panel is exclusively comprised of Indigenous artists and arts workers and is chaired by Mr Grant Hansen The panel is a subcommittee of the Cultural Affairs Advisory Board and the Chair of the Panel is also a member of the Board appointed by Council in 2001 18 The Panel has been actively involved in the development of the Koori Sculpture Walk and has been instrumental in developing special projects such as the recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Mabo decision 19 Council is committed to developing a three to five year Indigenous Cultural Strategy in the current financial year which will be strongly driven by the Panel The Panel is also developing information on Indigenous protocols and cross cultural awareness Indigenous Land Use Agreements ILUAs 20 The Native Title Act 1993 makes provision for Indigenous Land Use Agreements that offer participants greater flexibility as local or regional agreements regarding native title While there is lengthy and complex information about where ILUAs may be used and how they may be structured in essence they provide capacity to negotiate and agree on the critical issues of recognition identity and acknowledgement 21 Land Use Agreements may be an effective and constructive means of incorporating various matters into Council s strategic corporate and operational decision making and may minimise the potential for community division in these matters 22 The City s own Indigenous committees have a cautious approach to Land Use Agreements and recommend that action will first involve quite lengthy consultation However Council would benefit greatly from adopting a comprehensive consultation approach in relation to ILUAs Indigenous Staff City of Melbourne 23 The Toomangi Study found that throughout Victoria there were 37 known Indigenous employees The City of Melbourne is one of 5 Councils in Victoria employing a staff member dedicated to Indigenous issues with four other Councils sharing the employment of one Aboriginal policy officer The Study argues Councils are in an excellent position to facilitate and encourage their own employment of Indigenous people Furthermore most of these Councils receive subsidy from the Commonwealth Department of Employment Case examples in Toomangi also indicate that it is vitally important to Indigenous people particularly working in non indigenous environments to have the support and cultural framework of relations with other Indigenous people Indigenous Employment Strategy 24 To that end it is considered that the development of an Indigenous Employment Strategy to actively increase employment opportunities in any activity of Council is a worthwhile project for the City of Melbourne to endorse and to introduce with Indigenous community consultation and support 25 It is also considered that there would be benefits for the consultation to consider the development of an Indigenous Strategic Team within the City of Melbourne to address the many Indigenous matters outlined above Such a team could be established on a matrix model with members championed or auspiced by particular Branches to guarantee the most effective cross Council co ordination and awareness The perceived benefits of this approach would include 25 1 a demonstrable focus on Indigenous employment 25 2 the development of models for culturally sensitive employment conditions of Indigenous employees 25 3 a capacity to attract funding for Indigenous traineeships mentorships and secondments which are mainly targeted to organisations with sufficient Indigenous staff capacity to properly support such arrangements and 25 4 the development of expertise over a much wider range of Indigenous issues history culture language community health education etc Time Frame 26 It is proposed that consultation on the

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Metropolitan Environment Forum
    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 METROPOLITAN ENVIRONMENT FORUM Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Establish the Metropolitan Environment Forum TARGET DATE March 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The Metropolitan Environment Forum is a grouping of Melbourne Metropolitan Councils and groups wanting to pursue practical action towards environmental sustainability The MEF has been established I initiated the Metropolitan Environment Forum MEF following my observation that there was a need for a local government organisation with its primary purpose to be to achieve practical action I wrote and moved a notice of motion at Melbourne City Council seeking endorsement for the establishment of the MEF and for the allocation of 10 000 to assist its development I was formally Chairperson of the Metropolitan Transport Forum and in many ways the initial operation of the MEF has followed similar arrangements The MEF is an incorporated association under Victorian Corporations Law In the near future I will provide a copy of the Articles of the Association on this website Membership of the MEF allows Councils to send either one or both an elected Councillor and an officer who represent a maximum of one vote per member Council The strength f the MEF lies in the ability of Councillors and officers to interact in an pen and non hierarchical environment where ideas are more important than status Much of the MEF s work is in providing informal lines of access to council decision making so that often ideas that originated with the MEF

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: The People's Forum
    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 THE PEOPLE S FORUM Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The People s Forum is a regular feature of the Melbourne City Council allowing citizens to take the seats normally occupied by Councillors and during the People s Forum set their own agenda about issues they wish to discuss TARGET DATE December 2000 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION I created The 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 The People s Forum for 2003 was held on 23 July in the Council Chambers at the Melbourne Town Hall The People s Forum for 2002 was held on 26 November You can read what was discussed by downloading a PDF file of the 26 November 2002 Agenda and 26 November 2002 Action Notes People s Forums will now be held annually as part of our community consultation Details of the People

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Doing Triple Bottom Line
    line implementation plan is presented in the table in attachment two Each element of the implementation plan is discussed in paragraphs 8 to 13 below 8 Corporate planning and reporting A brief audit of Council s current corporate planning processes ie the Corporate Plan Annual Plan and Report revealed some strengths and weaknesses against current practices in triple bottom line reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative which is recommended as a guide Many goals for example have no targets associated with them and seek to increase or decrease a certain parameter without giving a percentage or numerical target to be achieved over time Future reviews of the Corporate Plan and Annual Plan should be undertaken with a view toward reporting against the triple bottom line This will require a discipline of establishing targets indicators benchmarking and reporting of performance against the economic environmental and social capital of the corporation Corporate triple bottom line indicators are currently under development to enable public reporting against performance by June 2002 9 Municipal Strategic Statement The revision of the Municipal Strategic Statement is an opportune time to incorporate triple bottom line planning and reporting It is proposed that one economic indicator one social indicator and one environmental indicator be developed for each of the seven proposed themes of the new MSS Such macro indicators can then be used to draft contributing indicators in the development of the Annual Business Plan For example a possible environmental indicator for Sustainable City may be greenhouse gas emissions The Annual Business Plan as developed by branches may reflect the energy consumption associated with various Council activities such as buildings and streetlights 10 Risk management Most organisations pursuing triple bottom line have started from a position of assessing ensuring and reporting their compliance with environmental regulation before progressing toward continual improvement and benchmarking against best environmental practices The inclusion of broader social and economic criteria in reporting and decision making is not well defined The City of Melbourne must ensure that compliance with environmental regulations and environmental due diligence can be demonstrated by the corporation This report recommends that a self assessment of Council operations be pursued as a part of the risk management process which is expected to be completed by the end of this year The self assessment will identify gaps and certain environmental risks No additional budget is required to complete this process However the self assessment may reveal gaps which require further work and associated resources next financial year Any such work would be reflected in Business Plans for 2001 2002 11 Sustainability Assessment of Council reports A six month trial of environment assessment of Council reports has been completed in four work areas The final report on the trial recommends that the environment assessment process be rolled out to all work areas This report recommends that this methodology be expanded to include economic and social criteria and become a sustainability assessment to support triple bottom line decision making The necessary changes to the methodology and support can be accommodated within the 2000 2001 budget 12 External Verification Group Much of the experience and progress in triple bottom line reporting is in the private sector where triple bottom line has developed in parallel with other concepts such as corporate citizenship This report recommends that an external verification group be convened at least once a year and include representation by one or more corporations known to have some experience of the process to provide verification of data processes and mentoring This technique has been commonly used in the private sector where external stakeholders provide an independent view 13 Staff training In order to adopt triple bottom line as an approach to reporting and decision making in sustainability staff will need to be trained in the basic concepts and principles involved Three corporate training courses are proposed to commence in 2001 and can be accommodated within the 2000 2001 budget 13 1 Decision making for Sustainability Basic level of training for approximately 200 staff involved in day to day decision making which impacts on corporate and municipal sustainability and staff considered to be key to supporting necessary cultural change eg Branch Managers contract managers officers preparing reports to Council and the Environment Champions The course would occupy approximately half a day 13 2 Sustainability Assessment Presented as an additional module to the course above and run specifically for staff who frequently prepare reports to Council This course would constitute the appropriate training and support for the implementation of the sustainability assessment process and would be tailored to suit specific work areas of Council The course would occupy approximately half a day 13 3 Triple Bottom Line Management Training in triple bottom line concepts for the CEO and a Director The course would feature international speakers experiences of other organisations in triple bottom line as well as issues specific to implementation by local government The course would occupy approximately ten days City Plan 14 The aims of the Sustainable City theme encompass the establishment of sustainable development strategies in general and the achievement of best practice in environmental management for Council operations in particular These aims are To improve the environmental sustainability of Council s operations and develop an increased awareness of sustainability principles across the organisation To use Council s statutory and policy making powers in managing the City and its development to enhance environmental quality and To take an increased role at local national and international levels in environmental management and to demonstrate leadership in influencing local sustainability 15 Toward this City Plan stipulates that Council will incorporate environmental performance as a key performance indicator in corporate and operational planning and in performance appraisal processes 16 In relation to the social impacts of Council s activities City Plan provides limited guidance under the People City theme particularly within the following aims To achieve a wide range of housing options that will cater for all sections of the population To make services and facilities available to support

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Water Management
    Water Management Strategy and Action Plan available as a download 110 Kb PDF file by clicking on the underlined title Following consultation a further report was presented to Council A copy of the February 2003 City of Melbourne Draft Sustainable Water Management Strategy and 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 with the community and internal negotiations with staff the final report titled Sustainable Water Management Strategy Part 1 was presented to Council in June 2003 I presented the modified stronger proposal shown in the paragraph below which was adopted unanimously The targets set by Melbourne City Council are reducing absolute 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 per capita reduction in residential commercial and industrial water consumption and a 40 reduction in corporate water consumption by the City of Melbourne in its operations Council would like to see 100 per cent of the savings committed to environmental flows The Council Report states that The City of Melbourne would like to see these savings committed to environmental flows It is hoped that Melbourne Water would consider this proposal once these savings have been realised A further report providing detail action plans for implementing the water strategy is scheduled for tabling at the September 2003 Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee meeting FURTHER INFORMATION Melbourne Water s webpage Conserve Water is a good source of ideas for conserving water The June 2003 MCC report Sustainable Water Management Strategy Part 1 contains excellent information and ideas on water use and conservation It is available as a 532 Kb pdf download 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

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Drug Abuse
    been a leader in responding to the drug issue since 1997 when it first developed a Drugs Action Plan for Melbourne Since this time the nature and extent of the drug problem has changed significantly throughout Melbourne and indeed Australia In response the City of Melbourne developed a new strategy through extensive research and community consultation This strategy Drugs Action Plan 2001 2003 aims to reduce the harm of illegal drugs for four key groups Families residents and community Business People who use drugs Workers students visitors and tourists The development of this website is just one of the initiatives of the Drugs Action Plan and aims to provide up to date information and resources for all groups who have an interest in drug related issues in the city FREE Alcohol Other Drugs Information Booklet A free copy of the Alcohol and Other Drugs almost everything you need to know information booklet is available through the City of Melbourne Hotline on 9658 9658 The booklet targeting tertiary students provides factual information about alcohol and other drugs It has been developed by the City of Melbourne in partnership with Victoria University as an initiative of the City of Melbourne Drugs Action Plan 2001 2003 One of the key objectives of the Drugs Action Plan is to reduce drug related harm for students in the municipality and in particular to facilitate the development of drug awareness material for tertiary students The booklets are being distributed to tertiary educational institutions as well as drug treatment services in the municipality An electronic version of the booklet can also be downloaded here Alcohol Other Drugs 1047 kb Sorry This is not available at the moment due to technical problems City of Melbourne research and information published while I was Chair of the Committee responsible for drug issues in the City are listed below They provide good information and practical ideas on drug issues from a number of different perspectives Alcohol and Other Drugs almost everything you needed to know 1047 kb Information booklet for Victoria University tertiary students Sorry This is not available at the moment due to technical problems Business Responding to Illegal Drugs 1 5 Mb BRID Handbook for businesses This is available from the City of Melbourne website at www melbourne vic gov au Drugs Action Plan 2001 2003 660 kb City of Melbourne s Strategy document Drug Services Card 62 kb Information about health counselling withdrawal and other support services Needs Impact 478 kb The Injecting Drug Use Needs and Impact Study 1999 Out in the City 513 kb For young people of a Vietnamese background Syringe Management Plan 99 kb Toilet Management 565 kb Strategy design guidelines While I was Chair of the Committee Melbourne increased its practical commitment to the drugs program as detailed in this media release of February 20th 2001 Extra Resources for Melbourne s Drugs Program The number of outreach workers operating in the City of Melbourne will increase significantly over the coming weeks as part

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