The fact that Australian governments have not articulated what our population size ought to be, nor how, and where population growth or contraction should be managed, is an indication of the complexity and divisiveness of the topic.
Working with SEE-Change, I have had the good fortune to see firsthand the energy and optimism of the many people willing to act for what they believe in. I think that you are all leaders, because you all do what leaders do: inspire. This free workshop, offered by Global Learning, is a rare opporunity to cultivate the leadership qualities that we all possess, with just an honest investment of time. Places are limited to only 18, and applications close by Friday the 8th of April. And please, take the time to forward these details to everyone who inspires you.
What an amazing event!
On Thursday 15 February, around 50 people came along to the second of the transport series featuring electric bicycles at Horse Park, O'Connor.
Switched-on-Cycles (www.switchedoncycles.com.au) provided a run-down of how the bicycles work, the bulk buy discount being offered to SEE-Change members (20% off the price of the bikes) and everyone got to ride the bikes to test them out.
The bikes were heaps of fun, the evening was great and we look forward now to the next session on:
Read more about the Netherland's approach to a new urban precinct in the north of the country (click here). Wouldn't it be lovely ...
Here is a little scenario which I wrote as part of a submission to the national urban planning strategy document on behalf of another community group.
It is based on the policy goals of the document: productivity, sustainability, liveability, and good governance. I have drawn freely on my understanding of SC and my hopes for a future city that ticks all those boxes. Hope you enjoy it!
Sustainable Scenario 1: New Acton, Canberra
Greens Planning and TAMS spokesperson, Caroline Le Couteur, says that Canberra is likely to start feeling major impacts of peak oil in the next ten years, yet the Government has no strategy and is largely ignoring the problem. Read her media release here.
The ACT Government has doubled the GardenSmart rebate to $100. More information here.
The Catchment Management Authority in Sydney has released a publication based on consultation with about 70 volunteer groups working on environmental causes.
The results of their community forum, with contributions from over 100 volunteers, have been summarised into a 9 page document which highlights many strategies and approaches that are already present in the operation of our local groups, and may also include a few ideas that we might use to improve what we do.