SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE YEAR 2018
MELTON CITY COUNCIL
Melton City Council submitted entries of an exceptionally high standard.
In the Community Government and Partnership category, their initiative produced an Intercultural/ Interfaith calendar that assists with promoting a sense of belonging for people from all cultural and religious backgrounds by celebrating their national days, and significant multicultural festivals and events in Australia.
For the Litter Prevention entry, the Council consulted key groups and residents to develop an education program targeted at developers and builders. This resulted in considerable reduction of site litter and subsequent run-off into drains.
Clean Beach and Waterways Community Project involved the revegetation of Arnolds Creek by planting a mixture of trees, shrubs, grasses & wildflowers.
Congratulations to Melton City Council who deservedly have won this year’s Sustainable City of the Year.
COMMUNITY LED PROJECTS
ACTIVE SCHOOLS – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
St. Monica’s College, Epping
Sustainability at St Monica’s College
St Monica’s College incorporates sustainability in the school’s curriculum across a number of subjects and year levels. Students learnt about the importance of composting and how this relates to global warming, how to prepare the soil using compost, using ratios when making worm tea, which vegetables are in season, budgets and using a recipe to make a final dish with the produce grown.
- City of Port Phillip EcoCentre, Albert Park Primary School, and St Kilda Primary School
Penguin Friendly School Events (waste wise)
- St Louis de Montforts Primary School, St Louis Sustainability in Action
CLEAN BEACH/ WATERWAYS – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Latter Day Saints, Melton
Caring for the Earth – A church community brings a City of Melton creek back to life
Members of the Church met with Melton Environment Group (MEG) and Melton City Council to discuss the opportunity to undertake a revegetation program of part of Arnold’s Creek project between High Street and the Western Highway. The Church of Latter Day Saints and MEG have been doing ongoing work at Arnold’s Creek including clean up days, planting days and weeding days.
COMMUNITY ACTION AND LEADERSHIP – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
African Communities Working Group
Leaders arise from the African community in Melton
The timber industry is vital to the economy of the Latrobe Valley and surroundings. The Australian timber Industry’s biggest event was held in Latrobe City from 11 to 16 April 2016. The Traralgon Football and Netball Club worked extremely hard to ensure that the event was well catered for and is an example of amazing community spirit.
- Finbar Neighbourhood House, The Urban Field Day
- Shepparton Access, EcoPark to EcoStore
CULTURAL HERITAGE – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Bangerang Cultural Centre – Shepparton
Bangerang Cultural Centre
Bangerang Cultural Centre originally known as the Aboriginal Keeping Place, was built as part of the International Village project in Shepparton. The building is a circle, an important symbol in Aboriginal culture.
A grassed amphitheatre was established to stage cultural events and Cumbungi reeds were planted along the waterways to provide the material for spear making and basket weaving. The Centre houses a range of cultural items from both the local area and other parts of Australia and continues to run as a museum and cultural centre operated by the Bangerang Cultural Centre Co-operative. Ltd
LITTER PREVENTION – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Tangaroa Blue Foundation
Operation Clean Sweep
Tangaroa Blue Foundation facilitated the introduction of Operation Clean Sweep (an industry created program from the USA with a goal of zero plastic resin pellet loss from industry), into Australia via a pilot project funded by the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group in the Port Phillip Bay catchment.
- Friends of Bayside Roads, Bayside Roadside Litter Program
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT – COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden
Creating an island habitat at the Melton Botanic Garden
The lake at the Melton Botanic Garden (MBG) is in the endangered Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion. In the middle of this lake is an island which has been heavily infested with exotic weeds. This encouraged exotic birds and decreased the native bird species. Every week volunteers “Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden” and the “Lakers” work on garden maintenance. The Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden have restored Ryan’s Creek that enters the lake with indigenous local provenance plants and there is now a healthy frog and bird population as well as the Latham Snipe. The weed cleared island has had significant re-planting and bird boxes have been placed on the island to assist breeding.
- Friends of Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, Breathing Life into the Bushland
Monitoring Microplastics in Port Phillip Bay
As a Venturer leader for Brighton Sea Scouts, Sam Perkins recognised that there was a regular occurrence of microplastics appearing at the Holloway Bend Beach in Brighton and felt inspired to take action. Sam recognised the potential to not only have a positive impact on the Bay through increased knowledge of pollution relating to the bay, but also to fulfil the Sea Scouts’ Environmental and Service award requirements.
He initiated discussions with the Port Phillip Bay Keeper, Neil Blake, to engage fellow Brighton Sea Scouts in using prescribed methods to regularly monitor the beach for micro-plastics and beach sand movement and had organised data monitoring equipment for ongoing surveys of micro-plastics for his Scout group.
- Chenxin Tu, Port Phillip EcoCentre Multicultural Environment Ambassador
- Jonathan Law, Green Impact, University Of Melbourne Sustainability Team
SUSTAINABLE COUNCIL AWARD
Melton City Council
Melton City Council’s vision includes a safe and socially connected City, that is well-built, and one that thrives in a natural environment. Council’s five projects entered into the Council of the Year Award were of an exceptionally high standard. Their projects demonstrated good community participation and consideration for the environment. Congratulations to Melton City Council.
- Stonnington City Council
- Moonee Valley City Council
- City of Monash
CLEAN BEACH/ WATERWAY – COUNCIL
Port Phillip EcoCentre Volunteers
Be the RE-generation
Funded by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, ‘Be the RE-Generation’ was a Baykeeper youth volunteering project to research, restore and revegetate our coastal habitat. Over two years, the Port Phillip EcoCentre trained youth to create a resilient Port Phillip Bay.
- City of Stonnington, Water Sensitive Urban Design
- Moonee Valley City Council, Riverside Park Upgrade
COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP – COUNCIL
City of Stonnington
Friends of Gardiners Creek, Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day
Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley (FoGCV) are a group of local residents working to protect the local environment along Gardiners Creek and Back Creek, Glen Iris. The group has been working to re-establish the indigenous flora and habitat along key wildlife corridors for over 26 years. Council has been supporting FoGCV to run environmental events by providing staff and resources and promoting the events and group through Council’s communication channels.
- Melton City Council, Community connection through Harmony Day, Intercultural and Interfaith Calendar
- City of Monash, Valley Reserve Ted Mason Education Hub
CULTURAL HERITAGE – COUNCIL
City of Monash
Celebration of Cultural Diversity
Monash Council hosts and supports and range of cultural events throughout the year to celebrate and acknowledge the positive contribution that cultural diversity provides. The ‘Celebration of Cultural Diversity’ free community event was attended by around 500 local residents.
- Melton City Council, Pinkerton Time Capsule
ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – COUNCIL
City of Monash
Eastern Innovation Business Centre Water Filtration
A key priority for Monash Council is for ‘Council buildings and infrastructure to be designed, built, operated and maintained to reflect Environmentally Sustainable Design and Water Sensitive Urban Design principles’. One facility which exemplifies this is the Eastern Innovation Business Centre and is a unique business incubator that provides crucial support services to start-up small businesses in Melbourne’s east and south east.
- Wyndham City Council – Sustainability Team, Wyndham Solar City
LITTER PREVENTION – COUNCIL
Manningham City Council and Ecosol
The Riversafe project was a collaboration between Manningham council and the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group and Industry partner was Ecosol. It is a low maintenance solution for capturing gross pollutants at litter hotspots prior to discharge into waterways and Port Phillip Bay through litter bins. Riversafe still operates as a normal litter bin, but below the ground it includes a specialised basket that traps gross pollutants before they can enter the drainage network.
- Melton City Council, Building Site Amenity
PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT – COUNCIL
City of Stonnington
Yarra River Biodiversity Project
The Yarra River is a key natural feature of the City of Stonnington. In 2010, the City of Stonnington commenced the Yarra River Biodiversity Project – one of the largest regeneration projects in the Yarra River’s recent history. Council’s total investment in this project will be $7million. The project has been supported by Melbourne Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, the Green Army through the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, and local environmental groups.
- Moonee Valley City Council, MVBees
- Maribyrnong City Council in partnership with Green Army, 1 Million Trees Project
- Melton City Council, Melton Botanic Trail
RESOURCE RECOVERY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT – COUNCIL
Melton City Council
Melton City Council Asphalt Recovery Program
For the past 7 years, Melton City Council has organised to have asphalt waste product safely stored, and then reused in Council’s road work program. This provides a cost-effective process to improve Council’s roads and carparks, reduces waste to landfill, provides a longer lasting road surface, and preserves natural resources by reducing the need to source new raw materials.
- Wyndham City Council, Recycle Right Campaign
- Wyndham City Council, Environment & Water Dept Wyndham’s Reverse Vending Machine Initiative