What is the role of government in the 21st centuiry? It seems a lot of the brou ha ha in the US midterm elections is about this issue. It isn't a problem for me: I want my governments, both ACT and national, to look after my interests, especially on matters that are too big or too hard for individual management.
Our AGM last night was a great success, with several new committee members elected.
Incumbents Bob Douglas as Chair, and Neville Hurst as Secretary were happily able to re-nominate this year.
We're very grateful to Mark Spain for stepping up to the role of Deputy Chair; Nicky Grigg, our Deputy Chair last year and general SEE-Change stalwart, has chosen this year to be part of the committee representing the Belconnen Group.
Resilience & Transformation: Preparing Australia for Uncertain Futures is a new Australia21 book published by CSIRO. It provides key trends and actions related to resilience in areas such as Organisations and Economics; Governance and Security; Energy and Settlements; Health and Education; Environment and Society; and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.
All existing SEE-Change members and those who join/renew before end November 2010 will go in the draw to win an air leakage/thermal imaging assessment of their home valued at over $400.00!
The ACT Government welcomes input on Canberra's clean economy strategy based on a study by the University of Canberra: Framework for an Australian Capital Territory Clean Economy Strategy - Economic, Environmental and Social Perspectives. Submissions are due by 10th November 2010.
Click here for the framework and information on the consultation process.
This past week I attended one of the fora on Canberra in the year 2030. The focus was broad, with ample opportunity to comment on all aspects of our city. The starting point was a report done about Australian cities that emphasised how spread out they are compared to large cities overseas, and how this has led to high energy use, especially for cars.
Among cities, Canberra is more spread out and with lower population density than even other Australian cities. No surprises there.
The next Belconnen SEE-Change meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th October 2010. All current and potential Belconnen members are welcome.
The purpose of the meeting is to bring the Belconnen members together, provide an update on current SEE-Change activities and develop activities of particular interest to Belconnen members. See the agenda for more information.
Please feel free to contact Nicky Grigg (Interim Convenor, Belconnen SEE-Change group) with any questions or suggestions. We look forward to seeing many of you at the meeting.
The SEE-Change Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday the 19th of October, 2010, between 7.45 and 9.00 pm at Downer Community Centre, Frencham Place, Downer.
The agenda for this meeting is:
1. Chairman's Report
2. Treasurer's Report
3. Audited Status of Accounts
4. Selection of an Auditor.
5. Election of new Executive Committee.