SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE YEAR AWARD
MELTON SHIRE COUNCIL
Melton Shire Council encompasses a series of townships and rural communities situated on the Victorian Volcanic Plains. Although the Shire is still 70% rural, it is earmarked as one of Melbourne’s growth corridors. The Shire is strongly committed to protecting and enhancing their local environment, and works in partnership with community-based groups and schools to deliver a number of projects. These include the creation of wildflower grasslands at schools, the protection of endangered bird species, beautification works, the celebration and preservation of cultural heritage, organising public information events, new waste collection services and the establishment of a botanic garden.
DAMPER CREEK COOPERATIVE
SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ORGANIC PRODUCE
The Damper Creek Cooperative was established in 2009 by a group of volunteers to provide a source of local, organic, non-genetically modified and affordable food. The cooperative runs dry foodstuff distributions, an organic veggie box scheme and vegetable swap mornings for locals to share their garden produce. The cooperative supports local food producers, promotes local resilience and creates a sense of community in the Damper Creek area.”
MONASH CITY COUNCIL
OAKLEIGH CEMETERY CONSERVATION AND SESQUICENTENNIAL CENTENARY
It is over 150 years since the first burial at Oakleigh Cemetery. The Oakleigh Historical Society, in partnership with Oakleigh Pioneer Park Committee and Monash City Council, have transformed the once run-down and neglected cemetery into a tidy and accessible site. This has included restoring 400 fallen headstones and re-landscaping the area. The cemetery has attracted interest from history- loving locals and visitors alike, creating an important heritage landmark for the community.
A SPECIAL JUDGES COMMENDATION GOES TO
MELTON SHIRE COUNCIL
HOUDINI – 100 YEAR CELEBRATIONS
In March 2010, the Diggers Rest community celebrated the 100th anniversary of Australia’s first powered, controlled, sustained flight, by Harry Houdini. The Festival of Flight bought the whole community together, involving the Diggers Rest Lions Club and Residents Association, Melton and District Historical Society, Sunbury Heritage Society and the Aviation Historical Society of Australia. Improvements were made to local reserves and parks, and a legacy monument was created to mark this historical occasion.
PAM KEATING ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
BANYULE CITY COUNCIL
EENEE 100% COMPOSTABLE NAPPY
The Eenee nappy is the worlds first fully compostable nappy. Banyule City Council has trialled the nappy in three council run child care centres. 130 families were involved, and the product has been embraced by both parents and the child care community. Nappies cause significant problems in landfill, so the successful use of a fully compostable product is significant.
TOWARDS ZERO WASTE
FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL
HALVING RESIDENTS’ WASTE BY COMPOSTING – “IF YOU DON’T EAT IT, YOUR GARDEN WILL!”
Frankston City Council, in partnership with the Environment and Community Development Department, completed a series of Composting & Worm Farming community workshops for schools, nurseries, and community gardens and centres. The workshops promoted worm farms as a simple, effective way to reduce waste to landfill. Approximately 200 residents completed the workshops, which received overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants.
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
MELTON SHIRE COUNCIL
THE WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE HAS LANDED
Members of the Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group care for endangered grasslands and woodlands located in Melton Shire. As part of their work, the group protected the nest of a pair of endangered White-Bellied Sea Eagles in the Pinkerton Forest. The eagles successfully reared two fledglings. The event was photographed, and promoted to the local community at group meetings.
COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS
MOONEE VALLEY CITY COUNCIL
GREEN PRECINCT PROJECT
The Green Precinct Project is an initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of Monee Valley’s buildings and parks. With broad support from its members and stakeholders, the Green Precinct was created from community feedback on environmental issues. The project involves 10 community and government partners, who contribute volunteer time and adopt sustainable practices. Significant emission reductions have been achieved, and the project was recently recognised at the United Nations Australian World Environment Day Awards.
FRANKSTON CITY COUNCIL
RECYCLED WATER FLOWS TO FRANKSTON CITY
A collaboration between Frankston City Council and South East Water, the Ballam Recycled Water Scheme increases the supply of recycled water through an additional water supply system to Ballam Park, Jubilee Park and Lloyd Park. The scheme supplies water to 12 sporting ovals, benefitting 20 sporting clubs and an estimated 150,000 recreational users across south east Melbourne.
GREATER GEELONG CITY COUNCIL
The City of Greater Geelong’s EcoChallenge Program has delivered a number of energy efficiency projects to the area, including installing a solar PV system and lighting upgrades to the National Wool Museum and the City Hall. These improvements alone will save more than 90 tonnes of C.O.2. each year. The program has also seen over 1,500 Council staff participate in environment events and training workshops and is about to be expanded into schools. This is the first time Geelong has entered the Sustainable Cities Awards.
HOBSONS BAY CITY COUNCIL’S
Shaun Taliana is a 20 year old Williamstown resident who has been involved in environmental initiatives in the Hobsons Bay area for a number of years. While at secondary school, he established a frog pond and wetland, promoted paper recycling and implemented a school wide food waste recycling system. He is now an active member of Hobsons Bay City Council’s Sustainable Environmental Advisory Group and is studying Social Science and Environment at RMIT.
WHITTLESEA CITY COUNCIL’S
EPPING VIEWS PRIMARY SCHOOL
Epping Views Primary School has formed a number of Sustainability Action Teams that involve all members of the school, including teachers. The teams meet twice a term to identify and tackle a school or community environmental issue. From opportunities identified at these meetings, the school have planted more than 300 plants and trees, reduced water usage by two thirds, reduced litter in the school yard and used less energy.
DAME PHYLLIS FROST AWARD
Mr Aker has lived in Melton Shire for 26 years. An active field naturalist, it is hard to find a local environmental project that Daryl has not been involved in. He is President of the Melton Environment Group, Secretary of Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group, and active member of several ‘friends of’ groups. Daryl participates regularly in bird surveys, compiles the local environment newsletter, submits grant applications, and coordinates planting days as part of the Arnolds Creek Biolink project. He recently identified three new frog species in the Melton area during the annual frog census. Daryl’s hands-on approach and determination to conserve his local environment has reaped amazing rewards for the Melton community.