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Sustainability e-Newsletter

07-February-2008

CCSERAC e-news
Welcome to a very special (and HUGE!) ‘Switch to Green’ edition of the Conservation Council’s
e-bulletin.

 

Making Canberra a carbon neutral capital is a key focus for the Switch to Green Expo and Conference to be held at the National Convention Centre on 4-5 April 2008. The conference will be co-hosted by the ACT Government, Canberra Business Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra.

This unique conference will bring together delegates from business, government and community to discuss: Priorities for action for a climate friendly future, practical steps to ‘live green,’ setting targets for business and the public sector, and planning for a low carbon future.

As well as showcasing green initiatives and solutions, the Switch to Green Expo and Conference will aim to be a model 'green' event and will highlight initiatives to make the country’s capital carbon neutral.

The Expo will showcase 'best-in-class' with each of the exhibitors assessed against the ‘Switch to Green’ crite ria, developed in partnership with the green industry experts – Green Pages Australia. The Expo will include the Green Lounge, hosting interactive workshops and seminars on the practical steps you can take to be 'green'.

Other highlights include
• A Switch to Green Business and Community Award
• Welcome Green Cocktail
• Switch to Green - Model 'green' event
• Gala dinner with VIP’s and special guests

For additional information on the Switch to Green Expo & Conference please visit http://www.switchtogreen.unaa.org.au/ or contact Carpe Diem & Events (event and campaign producers) by email switchtogreen@unaa.org.au or calling 02 9212 1332.

For additionally information on the Conservation Council’s involvement in the Switch to Green Expo and Conference, please contact Robyn Vance on 02 6229 3200 or communications@consact.org.au


Campaign Updates

1. Climate Change

The Government has released a discussion paper on the Solar Feed-In Tariff. You can download it here

You can also download the Exposure Draft here

We encourage everyone to make a submission in support of the feed in tariff to ensure it remains strong and meaningful.
If you are considering going solar, please mention that the FiT will assist you to do so.
Issues to raise are:
The need for meaningful action to reduce emissions.
Support for the tariff being paid at 3.88 times the cost of dirty energy, reducing over a set contract period.
An exemption for concession card holders.
The Tariff will ensure renewable energy industry growth in the ACT, leading to local employment.

The next public consultation is: 21st February 2008, Belconnen Labor Club, Chandler St, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

2. Gungahlin Sustainable Living Fair

Over 2000 members of the Gungahlin community attended the Gungahlin Sustainable Living Fair on 9 December, and the Conservation Council was delighted with the huge display of community support for sustainable living in the Gungahlin region.

Project officer Sarah Davies would like to thank all those who assisted in planning the event, and those who helped out on the day – your hard work made all the difference. The Conservation Council would also like to thank Forde Developments for their generous financial support of the fair – it could not have been the huge success that it was without this assistance.

In other Gungahlin news, we are planning a family tree-planting day in the nature reserves, youth and adult sustainability workshops, and a walking tour of the reserves for new residents of Forde. We also have some 2008 Gungahlin Environment Calendars left – you can collect a copy from our office, or from the Forde Sales and Information Centre (while stocks last!)

For more information on the Conservation Council’s activities in Gungahlin, contact Sarah Davies on 6229 3210, bushcare@consact.org.au , or visit www.ourenvironment.org.au


3. Facilitator Training – ACT otherWISE


ACT other WISE invites interested community members to participate in a Facilitator Training session on Tuesday 19th February.

Since conception in 2006 the ACT Youth Leadership for Sustainable Communities Capacity Building project (ACT other WISE) has trained 18 workshop facilitators, trained around 70 young people in three workshops and reached a nother 50 young people at mini workshops run at the 2007 Youth InterACT conference. Over 2008 the project will be run six more youth workshops and two facilitator training sessions (of which this is the first).

Those who participate in the Facilitator Trainer session will be equipped to co-facilitate at youth workshops that will happen later in 2008. In the youth workshops ACT young people will develop a greater understanding of their resource use and environmental impact, and develop plans to take action on personal and community sustainability projects.

Details of the Facilitator Trainer workshop are as follows:
• Tuesday 19th February (in three weeks)
• 4pm to 8pm at the Conservation Council, 3 Childers Street (adjacent the Street Theatre)

Numbers for the workshop are limited so please email our Project Officer, Rachael Millsom, at otherwise@consact.org.au to reserve your place. You will receive additional information after registration, including background information and transport options. If you have any questions about the training please call Rachael during business hours on any Thursday or Friday leading up to the event on (02) 6229 3211.

Events

1. AIRPORT EXPANSION - A PRICE TOO HIGH?

When: Thursday, February 7, 2008, 6.00pm for 6.30 pm until 8.30pm
Where: Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, Civic Square

Speakers
* Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, for the ACT Government
* Mr Frank Pangallo MBE, Mayor Of Queanbeyan
* Mr Andrew McIntosh, author of The Australia Institute's recent
research paper, 'Aviation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the ACT'
* and other speakers to be confirmed

Hosted by ACT Greens MLA, Deb Foskey

For further information please contact Mr. Geoff Willans, President Curfew 4 C anberra Inc, tel 6248 0024 or email geoffrey_willans@yahoo.com

 

2. Willows and Rivers- Training Days
What makes a willow a problem?

An Australian Government Initiative, Defeating the Weed Menace, ACT Government, Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee

This is a FREE willow workshop
Where: Lake Ginninderra Scout Hall, Beissel Street Belconnen (near the Water Police tower)
When: 7th of February, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 2:30pm
Lunch and transport to demonstration sites is provided on the day.

Come and learn about:
Why some willows in our local area pose problems and some don’t
How to identify different willow species and willow sawfly larvae
What techniques are used to control problem weeds

Places are limited. Contact Tom Nilsen to register your attendance.
Tel: 02 6207 1354, or email tom.nilsen@act.gov.au


3. Eco Picnic by the Lake

SEE-Change

A chance to celebrate the community coming together on climate change and to launch the 2008 SEE-Change program.
When: Sunday 10th February, 4pm- 7pm
Where: Weston Park, Yarralumla (Pescott Lane)

Everybody Welcome- bring your picnic basket and a plate of food to share- ride your bike- Info on green technology and eco-products-bring your instrument- fun for kids - Great prizes and raffles

SEE-Change is a program of the Nature and Society Forum. We are focused on raising awareness about social and environmental issues and specifically reducing ecological footprints.

SEE-Change website www.see-change.org.au or contact Robyn McK ay on 0402417577


4. Forde’s Party in the Park
Where: Forde Heritage Park
When: February 9th – 10th
Time: 10am – 2pm

Forde’s Party in the Park will feature a live farm animal display by Animals on the Move. There’ll also be native wildlife displays, a jumping castle, face painting and a free family barbecue. So bring the family to Heritage Park at Forde and join in the fun.

For more information contact the Forde Sales and Information Centre
Ph: 1800 833 223


5. Promotion and Planning Day
ACT otherWISE
When: Sunday 17th February
Time: From 3.30pm till 7.30 pm (BBQ / picnic from 6pm)
Who: ACT otherWISE and friends – friends and family new to otherWISE are welcome.

What:
*To brainstorm / assist each other to make project plans,
*Meet new people, touch base with others again.
*Think about what training / workshops you would like to have
*See how you might be able to help others with their projects
*Look at funding opportunities available that may support your projects.

For more information please contact Rachael Millsom on 6229 3211, otherwise@consact.org.au


6. Economics of Climate Science
ANU Public Lecture
When: Wednesday, 20 February 2008, 4.00PM- 5.00PM
Where: Moloney Room, ANU Emeritus Faculty, Fellows Lane Cottage
Speaker/Host: Tim Curtin

This lecture suggests that greater use of economic methods, both in the analysis of the stocks and flows that make up energy and carbon balances and in forecasting outcomes of climate change, would have helped the IPCC to avoid errors in its latest Report (AR4 ). Tim Curtin will argue that those errors have led to policy proposals that, if adopted globally, may lead to global famine and a Little Ice Age starting as early as 2055.
For more information click here

 

7. Corinbank


When: 29 February- 2 March
Where: Corin Forest Mountain Recreation Park, Corin Road, Paddy's River, Canberra

 

Corinbank is an annual 3-day, all-ages celebration of music, art, culture and people.

The Conservation Council will having a stall in the ‘GreenKulture Tent.’

The 'GreenKulture Tent' is an exciting initiative that will feature a dynamic range of cultural and environmental organisations - proactively promoting ‘humane green lifestyle’practices in our region. The tent will facilitate program with the aim of engaging the festival community, through an exciting array of presentations, films and hands-on workshops to boot. Come along and say ‘hi!’ and check out what the Conservation Council is up to.

Festival proceeds will go towards cultural and environmental charities, talent development programs and assisting the growth of the local music and arts communities.

For more information on the festival, please visit: www.corinbank.com

For more information on the Conservation Council's involvement in the festival contact Robyn Vance, \n communications@consact.org.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 02 6229 3200

 

8. Regrowth 08 Festival

REGEN

When: February 29- March 2

Where: Southern Highlands (The Bush, 2.5hrs south of Sydney)

REGEN are back for yet another tree planting festival extraveganza!
In our fourth year REGEN joins forces with some of Sydney and Canberra's finest crews to bring you our biggest festival yet - ReGrowth 08 - Phase Four.

Six Stages of diverse musical entertainment and a multitude of activities to ignite, amuse, sooth and educate. Set upon a mountain top at one of the most stunning festival playgrounds in Australia, the site will greet you and wrap it's 270 degree National Park views around you.

5000 trees will be planted by participants over the weekend to help restore degraded land, reduce carbon in the atmosphere and give people the chance to do something for the environment.

Plenty of camping space and amenities.
Kids under 12 are free.

For more information click here

 

9. AGM and Guest Speaker
Friends of the Aranda Bushland Inc

When: Tuesday 4 March 2008
Where: Western District Rugby Union Club (corner of Catchpole and Bowman Streets Macquarie)

after a brief AGM, the guest speaker will be Dr Graeme Worboys on ‘Connectivity conservation: a critical national response to climate ch ange’

Drinks and nibbles from 7.15pm

Please RSVP to:
Hanna Jaireth, FoAB Convenor
62517438 (ah)
mob 0415 144 283
or email mhsjaireth@netspeed.com.au

or to Jenny Andrews, FoAB Secretary
email bean@nfrac.org

 

10. Population: Peak Oil and Climate Change- their impacts on the MCGs (Millennium Development Goals)
Organised by Sustainable Population Australia inc
Where: Canberra, Rydges Lakeside Hotel
When: 14 & 15 March

REGISTRATION:
Full non-member: $170; Concession non-member: $160
Full member: $150; Concessionmember: $140
Conference dinner: $50

Fore more information visit: http://www.population.org.au/events/index.html

 

11. Switch to Green Expo & Conference

ACT Government, Canberra Business Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra

Where: National Canberra Convention Centre
When: 4-5 April, 2008.

This unique conference will bring together delegates from business, government and community to discuss: Priorities for action for a climate friendly future, practical steps to ‘live green,’ setting targets for business and the public sector, and planning for a low carbon future.

For additional information on the Switch to Green Expo & Conference please visit http://www.switchtogreen.unaa.org.au/ or contact Carpe Diem & Events (event and campaign producers) by email switchtogreen@unaa.org.au or calling 02 9212 1332.



Volunteers needed!

Want to try something different to help the environment? How about you become a volunteer for the Butt Free City Campaign! It’s a fantastic campaign aimed at reducing the number of cigarette butts littered in city environments across Australia. This is not an anti-smoking campaign.

Parks, Conservation and Lands (Department of TAMS) in partnership with the Butt Littering Trust are running this campaign and would like to recruit some volunteers to help educate smokers on correct littering behaviours and observe the behaviours of smokers before and after the campaign is run.

Come and help educate the people of Canberra about the benefits of not littering cigarette butts and hand out personal ashtrays as incentives for smokers to 'Butt it, the bin it'! Or see if the educators get the message across by observing how smokers dispose of their cigarette butts.
If you volunteer for the Butt Free City Campaign 2008 you can become an observer or an educator, both equally important and challenging!

For more information, please contact Julia Sharwood on Ph: 6207 5525 or email Julia.Sharwood@act.gov.au


Jobs

 

1. Department of Territory and Municipal Services
Environment and Recreation
Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
Senior Manager
Senior Officer Grade B
$89,329-$100,561
PN: TBA


Temporary vacancy for three months pending permanent placement.

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment aims to provide leadership on environmental sustainability by providing independent scrutiny, reporting and advice. It is committed to advancing practices that sustain and enhance the ACT's natural environment that are fundamental to the social and economic well-being of the existing and futu re generations. The Commissioner is appointed by the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change and functions under its own independent legislation.

The position reports directly to the Commissioner. Its primary function is to assist the Commissioner and other staff members in providing leadership on environmental sustainability, particularly by focusing on fostering sustainable practices that advance environmental protection within our social and economic frameworks.
Our website is: http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au

Qualifications and requirements:
Tertiary qualifications, particularly in a discipline or disciplines related to environmental sustainability are highly desirable. This can include but is not limited to urban and regional planning, environmental management, engineering or economics, legal studies, and sustainability.

A driver’s licence is essential.


2. Department of Territory and Municipal Services
Environment and Recreation
Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
Project Manager
Senior Officer Grade C
$75,603 - $81,516
PN: 14003


Temporary vacancy for five months with likely extension.

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment aims to provide leadership on environmental sustainability by providing independent scrutiny, reporting and advice. It is committed to advancing practices that sustain and enhance the ACT's natural environment that are fundamental to the social and economic well-being of the existing and future generations. The Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change appoints the Commissioner who functions under independent legislation.

Under an arrangement with the Australian Capital Region Leaders’ Forum, the Commissioner also prepares Regional State of the Environment Reports for 17 member NSW Local Government A uthorities of the Australian Capital Region.

This position reports directly to the Commissioner. Its primary function is to develop and promote State of the Environment Reports, particularly by being the project coordinator, Team leader and a key author for the next Regional State of the Environment Report.
Our website is: http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au

Qualifications and requirements:
Tertiary qualifications, particularly in a discipline or disciplines related to environmental sustainability are highly desirable. This can include but is not limited to urban and regional planning, environmental management, engineering or economics, legal studies and sustainability.

A driver’s licence is essential.

3. Department of Territory and Municipal Services
Environment and Recreation
Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
Senior Officer
Senior Officer Grade C
$75,603 - $81,516
PN: TBA


Temporary vacancy for three months pending permanent placement.

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment aims to provide leadership on environmental sustainability by providing independent scrutiny, reporting and advice. It is committed to advancing practices that sustain and enhance the ACT's natural environment that are fundamental to the social and economic well-being of the existing and future generations. The Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change appoints the Commissioner who functions under independent legislation.

The position reports directly to the Commissioner. Its primary function is to assist the Commissioner and other staff members in providing leadership on environmental sustainability, particularly by focusing on fostering sustainable practices that advance environmental protection within our social and economic frameworks.
Our website is: http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au

Qualifications and requirements:
Tertiary qualifications, particularly in a discipline or disciplines related to environmental sustainability are highly desirable. This can include but is not limited to urban and regional planning, environmental management, engineering or economics, legal studies and sustainability.

A driver’s licence is essential.



For selection documentation and further information about any of these roles please contact: Pauline Carder on 6207 2627 or via email: pauline.carder@act.gov.au

An expression of interest which clearly addresses the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages) should be forwarded with a copy of your resume via email to:
maxine.cooper@act.gov.au
Applications must be received by COB 8 February 2008.

 

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