Darebin Climate Emergency Plan – Have Your Say

Darebin Council has produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and we want to know if you think we are on the right track.

Read the draft Plan or summary document and tell us what you think by:

  • Filling in the feedback form - Complete the form here
  • Asking us a question in the Q&A section below
  • Attending one of our forums on the following dates:
    8 June, 13 June or 20 June – don’t forget to register here so we know you’re coming!

Consultation open until 3rd July 2017.


Click on the image below to view the Draft Climate Emergency Plan














Click on the image below to view a summary of the Draft Climate Emergency Plan

Darebin Council has produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and we want to know if you think we are on the right track.

Read the draft Plan or summary document and tell us what you think by:

  • Filling in the feedback form - Complete the form here
  • Asking us a question in the Q&A section below
  • Attending one of our forums on the following dates:
    8 June, 13 June or 20 June – don’t forget to register here so we know you’re coming!

Consultation open until 3rd July 2017.


Click on the image below to view the Draft Climate Emergency Plan














Click on the image below to view a summary of the Draft Climate Emergency Plan

Do you have any questions about climate change, our approach in Darebin, or some of the terminology we've used? Ask your question here and we'll get back to you.

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  • Hi Gavin, The UN's IPCC scientists are informing us that most environmental indicators are negative due to global warming. Global warming has been increasing over the past 30 years during the same period corporations and individuals have been adapting ever more efficient cars, appliances and home design. This Jevon's contradiction is linked to capitalism's need for growth in products and population. The city of Darebin appears to accept capitalism's paradoxes and largely concentrates in individuals to make technological changes without ambition of challenging capitalism's growth priorities. Have I missed something or is something bigger missing from our global warming debate?

    Leon Zembekis asked 13 days ago

    Hi,

    Thanks for the question and comments. It is clear to date that global warming has been increasing although recent analysis suggest that total emissions may have peaked. Despite overall rise in emissions, some studies show that there around 35 countries that have decoupled economic growth and emissions.

    The draft Council plan indicates that the Darebin population will increase by 40 000 in the next 15 years. With this significant population increase, small efficiency gains will not get us to a safe climate.

    The situation we find ourselves in requires an emergency response. For example it will require a total decarbonisation of energy supply (100% renewables, with supporting technologies and move from gas to electricity). A transition to very low or no emissions transport eg hybrid or full electric vehicles (likely autonomous and car sharing) all powered by 100% renewables. Smaller, more efficient and environmental friendly housing and office space will also be a necessity. The list goes on.

    Darebin Council acknowledges that it is not sure how this can be achieved and understands that the climate emergency is and will affect the most vulnerable and socio-economically disadvantaged in our community. Council is in the process of establishing the Darebin Energy Foundation, to create a climate think-tank which will help us become a more resilient and a zero emission economy/society.

    Kind Regards,

    Gavin

  • How much did this cost to produce

    davesch asked 15 days ago

    Hi there,

    Thanks for taking the time to visit Your Say Darebin and asking us a question.

    You asked:
    'How much did this cost to produce '

    Thanks for your question. Council agrees that Victorian and Australian Governments have major responsibility to address greenhouse emissions reductions. As the plan indicates Council will use existing resources to advocate to both Victorian and Australian Governments regarding relevant policy and program areas.

    Despite the above advocacy commitment, Council has resolved that we are in a state of climate emergency, so Council needs to do what it can to reduce emissions and activate residential and business community.

    Page 75 of the Draft Plan provides some detail of the current budget allocations for implementing the plan of the following 5 years. Around $427,000 of existing funds (programs and GreenPower purchases) may be reallocated by Council to these various projects.

    Additional resourcing requirements include:  
    $20 million for the expansion of the Solar $aver program, over 2018 – 2019 and 2020 – 2021 budgets. Council will explore whether these funds can be borrowed from ‘Green Banks’. The Solar $aver ratepayers ultimately repay the $20 million for solar in additional rate payments, although Council is likely to forgo interest charges for low income households.

    Capital funding to be considered in the annual budget include:
    Council building energy efficiency fund - $1 million is proposed over the 5 year plan period. These works would have a minimum 10 year payback in reduced energy costs. Typically Council would save $1.3million over the lifetime of these upgrades, so no net cost but a saving
    Similarly Council will consider the installation of 440kw solar proposed for council buildings These installations would average a 7 year payback in reduced energy costs.

    Kind Regards,

    Gavin
  • HI I am wondering does the climate emergency plan promote small scale urban agriculture to help secure Darebin's food supply and thus help residents be more resilient as our climate changes further and increases the threat of food insecurity Thanks

    BH asked 24 days ago

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question. One of the key directions of the plan is 7. Adaptation and Resilience, and one of the ways to do this is to implement community based local food systems which reduce reliance on the carbon-intensive global food systems.

    Darebin’s Urban Food Production Strategy and Implementation Plan (2014-18) outlines a number of key actions to achieve this. This includes supporting home food growing and community gardens, local food production, and distribution and consumption initiatives such as community food enterprises. The annual Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival, ‘Fruit Squad’ fruit harvesting project, Fairfield and Bundoora Park Farmers Markets, SPROUT community garden and market, Transition Darebin, and the Urban Food Program at the Darebin Information and Volunteer Resource Service (DIVRS) are all examples of this.

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin 

  • Looks like the event at Northcote town hall on the 20 June has sold out - do you have another date in the evenings?

    BH asked 24 days ago

    Hi, 

    Sorry about that, I have fixed the link. There are still many tickets available for the Northcote Town Hall forum. Here is the link to the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/darebin-city-council-environment-and-community-outcomes-team-12810068147 

    Kind regards, 

    Gavin 

  • One of the problems I see related to transport is the number of parents that drive their children to and from school. It is convenient for parents that are often on their way to work but not good role modelling if we are to change behaviour. Is the council in a position to support a walking bus program across darebin?eg a project to worker to establish the programs in schools that could then be sustainable through training the senior school students to run the program.

    ttse asked 26 days ago

    Hi, 

    Thank you for your question. Council runs and supports a number of programs and projects to support active transport to school. These include:

    • audits of routes to school for walking and cycling, and changing and constructing improvements to infrastructure in response to the audits – almost all primary schools in Darebin have now been audited;
    • funding Bike Ed training for teachers so that more children can safely ride to school;
    • giving one school in Darebin a bike fleet to run Bike Ed;
    • providing schools with cycle parking stands;
    • funding and supporting Walk to School Month activities in over half of the primary schools in Darebin;
    • funding high schools to run Fit To Drive session; and
    • supporting schools to run ad-hoc activities.

    Council has previously run Walking School Bus programs with a dedicated worker, when they were funded and supported by the State Government. The evaluation of the program indicated that they are most successful when led and organised by local school champions. Programs run through Council have taken significant resource to set up, had complicated health and safety and risk management processes, and tended to be successful only while there was specific parent involved, and not continued past this. When they are run locally and independent of Council they are more flexible, and can be adapted to the needs of those taking part. Saying this, if there is interest from a school or group of parents in running a Walking School Bus program, we would be happy to support it.

    We will continue to look for new ways to work with schools to support active travel. 

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin 

  • Its important for council to advise community

    Tommasina asked 26 days ago

    Hi, 

    Thank you for your comment. Yes, Council agrees that it is important to advise the community, that is why we are speaking directly a number of community groups about the Climate Emergency Plan. Council is also holding 3 public forums to discuss the plan:

    • Thurs 8 June, 6pm – 7:30pm, Reservoir Community Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes St, Reservoir

    • Tues 13 June, 10:30am – 12noon, Preston Library, 266 Gower St, Preston

    • Tues 20 June, 6pm – 7:30pm, Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote

    Feedback can be provided by filling in the feedback form (above) or you can contact me directly: gavin.mountjoy@darebin.vic.gov.au 

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin 

  • Hello and congratulations! Darebin is leading the way! One question: At home, I have recently installed LED lights and a 10Kw (40-panel) solar system on the roof of my home. But I am concerned about recent reports that they are harmful to health. Here is a long link to an article that explains it clearly and comprehensively: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/05/28/dirty-electricity.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20170528Z3&et_cid=DM147102&et_rid=2021316588 I think, at least we will need to be aware of what is being said, and look into whether there are any safeguards that might mitigate these effects? Regards, Marion

    Marion asked 27 days ago

    Hi, 

    First off, thank you and congratulations for installing such a large solar system and for upgrading your lights. Further, thank you for raising this matter. The World Health Organisation provides the following information on Electro Magnetic Fields http://www.who.int/peh-emf/about/WhatisEMF/en/index3.html

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that:

    “Despite the feeling of some people that more research needs to be done, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals. Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low level electromagnetic fields.”

    For those who are convinced of the negative impacts of electromagnetic fields, this will probably be inadequate. Council will still advocate for and support the implementation of LED and solar PV technology. 

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin 

  • Page 61 of the Darebin Cimate Emergency Plan mentions "identifying suitable sites for fruit trees in streetscapes". The use of fruit trees in parks and community gardens is great, however use of fruit trees in streetscapes can be problematic and is not recommended as per our Urban Forest Strategy (2013-2025) and for the following reasons: - fruit trees generally use more water - fruit/nut drop causes public safety and cleansing issues - social disharmony can result from disputes over fruit ownership Regards Dave

    DS asked about 1 month ago

    Hi, 

    Thank you for your question. Council recognises that as a rule, fruit trees are not suitable street trees – this is acknowledged in the Darebin GreenStreets Streetscape Strategy 2012-2020 and the Urban Food Production Strategy 2014-2018. However, both these strategies also support the appropriate inclusion of fruit trees in public landscapes on a case by case basis, where the variety of fruit tree and location is deemed not to pose a public safety risk and the local community is supportive in terms of playing a role in the trees upkeep and harvest of fruit. For example, Council has planted lower maintenance fruit and nut tree varieties in Henderson Park, Thornbury, and the Robinson Capp and Newman Reserve Playspaces in Preston.

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin 


    Hi, 

    Further to this, Council will consider changing the text to read 'identify suitable sites for fruit trees in public landscapes' instead of ‘streetscapes’ to avoid confusion. 

    Kind Regards, 

    Gavin