SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE YEAR
Located in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne The City of Moreland is building the foundations to reduce greenhouse pollution to zero net by 2030. Changing the way energy is used and waste is managed is critical to this plan. The Clean Energy Solutions initiative created a bulk buy scheme for residents to purchase Energy Saving products via the council. A highlight of Moreland’s community is (CERES) which was established in 1982 with a commitment to the local economy, employment, social cohesion, community governance and ecological restoration. Situated on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, the centre is a demonstration facility for sustainable technologies and resource efficiency and is open every day. One of Moreland City Council’s successful initiatives is Zero Carbon Moreland, The Moreland Energy Partnership – forged between Moreland City Council and Moreland Energy Foundation helped the council to achieve carbon neutrality in early 2013.
BENTLEIGH SECONDARY COLLEGE
Sustainability is a focus for Bentleigh Secondary College. They present two projects this year – The Moorooboon Wetland and The Urban Forest. Providing valuable habitat for flora and fauna, the Moorooboon Wetland captures excess storm water. This water travels through the wetland into a 50,000 litre underground storage tank and then is used on sporting fields. The 2000 square metre Urban Forest is a habitat restoration project with 1700 indigenous plants that date back to pre-European settlement. Once the forest has flourished there will be no buildings visible from within the forest, which is quite unique considering the school is located in the heart of busy Bentleigh.
BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL
A purpose built disabled toilet block and solar hot water showers make Ricketts Point a leading attraction for Australia’s disabled divers. Built in 2012-13, this initiative is a partnership between Sport & Recreation Vic, Parks Victoria, Bayside Council and Aquability, the Disabled Divers Association. A purpose-built floatable wheelchair (Mobi-Chair) was provided by Rotary to assist disabled divers and swimmers safely enter the water. Local Friends of Groups volunteer their time to help protect and maintain the area. The new amenities enable swimmers and divers of all abilities to enjoy the marine environment and its diverse aquatic life.
The CERES Indigenous Program was established two decades ago to increase cultural awareness in the wider community. The program allows participants a unique opportunity to interact with Indigenous people and experience aspects of their culture. CERES employs a Wurundjeri Elder, and four Indigenous educators to develop, deliver, monitor and evaluate the program. CERES also provides a Living Heritage program delivered by African, Indonesian and Indian teams, all conducted in structures typical of their region. Over 17,000 people from across Victoria participated in this program at CERES last year.
PAM KEATING ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
CITY OF YARRA
Yarra City Council’s commitment to long term sustainability has enabled it to become a national leader in carbon management -Yarra has achieved many firsts in greenhouse mitigation. The council became the first Victorian council and one of only 40 Australian organisations to be recognised as a certified carbon neutral organisation, under the National Carbon Offset Standard. By 2011-12 Yarra had reduced real emissions by 22.4 per cent from its first year. By continuing to pursue best practise, Yarra City Council is aiming to achieve 50 per cent greenhouse reductions by 2015.
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
MELTON ENVIRONMENT GROUP
Melton Environment Group has worked on the Arnolds Creek Bio-link since 2008, protecting and enhancing the native grasslands and woodlands that are abundant in birdlife.To encompass the wider community, the group conduct wildflower walks in the grey box forest located at the headwaters of the stream. Recently the focus has been on revegetation, weed control, litter clean-ups and bird surveying. Members collected seeds which were propagated at the Dame Phyllis Frost centre and returned for re-planting, facilitating the regrowth of indigenous species.
RESOURCE RECOVERY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
CITY OF YARRA
Residents embrace the City of Yarra’s 24 hour recycling drop-off point using it to recycle all sorts of materials not accepted in their recycling bin. Items can be dropped at any time of the day or night and are then then sent to the appropriate agencies for recycling.With electronic waste growing three times faster than other type of waste, this program provides residents with a simple recycling solution. In the past year 3030 televisions, 1748 computers, 6500 videos were left at the drop off point. As an added bonus residents can drop off their recycling and then stop at the depot right next door to collect free mulch.
CITY OF YARRA – MIM DI NAPOLI
Mim Di Napoli has been a member of the Melbourne Girls College Environment Team for five years. An active member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, in 2009 Mim was the youngest Victorian at the Coalition’s inaugural conference. Mim was also member of the City of Melbourne’s Youth Advisory Committee, she possesses outstanding facilitation skills contributing her own ideas and inspiring others to put forward theirs. She is actively involved in the school’s Sustainability Collective and promotes the school’s environmental policies in the community. She is a strong advocate for environmental issues and was named Sustainability Victoria’s 2012 ResourceSmart Schools Student of the Year
DAME PHYLLIS FROST AWARD
With a passion for protecting and enhancing the environment and with skills to educate the community, Linda Bradburn has made a career of caring for the environment. Initially working in the health sector educating staff on environmental sustainability, Linda initiated programs to reduce waste and increase recycling, and improve environmental outcomes. Linda is currently employed as the Environmental Educator at Melton City Council. In her role Linda engages with students and community members, assisting them to understand and improve the local environment and sustainability. Linda participates with members of the Melton environmental community to showcase the beautiful and unique natural features of the western basalt plains. Linda’s enthusiasm and passion for her work is visible daily whether it be talking to Friends groups or providing environmental education to local school students. Linda is well respected by both her peers and community and is known for her diligent, friendly and committed approach to protecting, enhancing and showcasing the Melton environment.