Focus On... Environmental Management
- Beatty Park’s ‘green dream’
The City of Vincent says the hi-tech features of its $17 million redevelopment of Beatty Park demonstrate best practice in environmental sustainability and will deliver an energy saving of 5,000 mega watt hours per annum.
- Future Directions in Environmental Management
From Kathryn Greensill, Media and Public Relations Officer and Matthew Baldock, Senior Environmental Sustainability Planner
- New wetlands use old wisdom to bring life to waterways
North Lismore was once a thriving wetland used by local Aboriginal people, and Lismore City Council hopes their knowledge will help restore the land and improve local creeks.
- Whitsunday weed partnership
As the wet season draws to an end, declared and environmental weeds are sprouting all around the Whitsunday Region.
- Weed harvester at work
Fraser Coast Regional Council can now put its Aquatic Plant Management Policy to work with the launch of a floating weed harvester.
- Food and garden waste trial underway
The Shire of Campaspe, in conjunction with the Goulburn Valley Regional Waste Management Group (Resource GV), Cleanaway and Sustainable Kyabram (SKY), is part way through an innovative organic waste trial in Kyabram.
- Hands-on learning at preschool garden
Warragul Community Preschool Centre students are getting hands-on experience with a new vegetable garden and worm farm, established with the support of funding from Baw Baw Shire Council’s Community Development Grant Program.
- Project innovation for good environmental outcomes*
97 Manningham City Council households have committed to reducing food waste using a ‘Green Cone’ in order to minimise landfill. The council is working with residents on ways to minimise waste to landfill through a range of initiatives.
- Volunteers turn out to spot Glossy Black Cockatoos
Tweed Shire Council and a keen band of birding volunteers again participated in the glossy black cockatoo annual birding day held in the Tweed in May.
- Sharing the benefits of soil moisture monitoring
The City of Joondalup and Irrigation Australia Limited have teamed up to demonstrate how soil moisture monitoring can help conserve precious groundwater resources.
- Coolest (or hottest?) parking in town
The Chatswood Solar Farm is up and running on the sun, after Willoughby City Council completed stage two of its innovative solar farm on the rooftop of the Westfield Chatswood car park.
- Competition inspires kids to recycle
As the meeting place of the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Outback, preserving the beautiful country of Cook Shire is very important to its community.
- Regrowth and recovery after bushfires
The Tasman municipality faced many challenges following disastrous bushfires early this year which left homes destroyed, trees burnt and wildlife lost.
- Cogeneration feasibility now easier for councils
The Cities of Boroondara, Darebin, Monash and Yarra are making it easier for other local councils to assess the feasibility of installing cogeneration plants in Council swimming pools and leisure centres.
- Vision for Slacks Creek recovery
Logan City Council has endorsed the Slacks Creek Futures Visions and Initiatives Report, representing another milestone for the Slacks Creek Catchment Recovery Project.
- Clean and green waste facility for Sarina
Mackay Regional Council is upgrading its rural waste transfer station in Sarina, transforming it into a clean and green waste facility, to better manage the region’s rubbish.
- Ability Playground Equipment for City of Busselton
City of Busselton Council in W.A. has given the green light for the installation of a special Ability Whirl roundabout to be installed adjacent to the new children’s playground at the Busselton Foreshore.
- Planet Footprint recognises high achievers*
From the 30th of June Planet Footprint will be allocating Gold, Silver or Bronze status to all Australian councils who are subscribed to Planet Footprint for the 2012-2013 Financial Year.
- School program promotes healthy waterways
More than 100 students sampled bugs, planted trees and got close to the environment during the launch last month of the City of Gold Coast’s Pimpama Catchment Study Guide.
- New lease of life for Awaba Waste Management facility
Lake Macquarie’s limited landfill space at the Awaba management facility was granted a new lease of life in May with the approval of its expansion by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission.
- Wood smoke initiatives a breath of fresh air
Armidale Dumaresq Council has received a $50,000 grant from the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (NSWEPA) to improve local air quality this winter.
- Newcastle Museum a living laboratory
Heritage-listed railway workshops that are now home to Newcastle Museum have become a living laboratory for waste and energy savings and a showcase for the City of Newcastle’s green action plan.
- Forsayth Water Woes
Etheridge Shire Council has accused the Queensland Government of turning its back on 80 Forsayth residents who are less than six weeks away from running out of water.
- Hardcourt surfaces also need attention*
In addition to assessing natural turf surfaces SportsTurf Consultants (Aust.) Pty Ltd can also assess the condition of hard surfaces such as tennis and netball courts (asphalt, plexipave, synthetic) and synthetic cricket practice wicket facilities.
- Engineering sustainable sports fields
With 10,000 tonnes of fill material to contend with and a shallow water table, Warringah Council had to be innovative when it embarked on its mission to build Cromer Park — its first new sports field in more than 20 years.
- Sustainable solution to Council road reconstruction*
Rural Councils are seeing the benefits of innovative solutions to roadworks with the application of PolyCom Stabilising Aid to treat their existing marginal materials and construct a reliable and sustainable pavement.
- It takes your energy to save energy: How local councils can benefit the environment through solar power*
Great minds glimpsed the potential of the sun as an energy source long before the current emphasis on renewable energy. For example, Albert Einstein explained the photoelectric effect (the principle behind what produces solar power) and wrote a thesis about it in 1905 – years before he won the 1921 Nobel Prize. In fact, Einstein conducted several important experiments with some of the earliest solar panels. And in 1931, Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and phonograph, expressed this prescient hope – and fear: “I’d put my money on the Sun and Solar Energy, what a source of Power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out, before we tackle that.”