Victorian councils demand CSG probe into ‘fraccing’

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Victorian local governments have warned that new bans on the controversial practice of coal seam gas (CSG) extraction through hydraulic fracturing (fraccing) in the state still don’t go far enough. The peak body for councils in the state has vowed it will continue to push for a parliamentary probe […]

Designers wanted for radioactive dump

By Julian Bajkowski The federal government has wasted no time in pushing ahead with its plans to build a highly controversial radioactive waste dump in Australia, issuing a tender for a consultant to design the new facility.   The Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (DRET) has asked for bids to provide a report that […]

PSA NSW slams loss of OEH staff

Regional communities will be left exposed following the loss of 350 jobs from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), including 150 rangers and staff in frontline roles, according to the Public Service Association (PSA) of New South Wales.   PSA General Secretary John Cahill believes the 1.5 per cent budget cut across government departments […]

Councils still need to calculate impact of Carbon Tax

By Lilia Guan   While Federal Government legislation doesn’t require local government to pay the Carbon Tax, councils will still need to calculate the amount of greenhouse emissions they generate for environmental and budgetary purposes.   Technology vendor, Oracle’s JD Edwards APAC product management and strategy senior manager, Scott Ash told Government News there were […]

$5 million boost for Sydney’s trigeneration network

Lord Mayor Clover Moore has welcomed a $5 million funding boost, announced by Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus.   The $5 million will be added to $12 million in City funding for the installation of trigeneration plants at Town Hall […]

Councils get lessons on electronic waste

 As part of delivering its national recycling program, Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) is running a series of information sessions to update local government on collection and recycling opportunities.   The sessions will provide an opportunity for ANZRP and councils to discuss how the program will be delivered and funded, as well […]

Sustainable planning dismissed by conservatives

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) believes an unsettling trend – particularly attributed to the United States Tea Party – of anti-sustainability activists attempting to stop local efforts to make communities greener, more liveable, and more prosperous.   These attacks are stifling constructive community dialogues on how to plan for the future.    ICLEI, […]

President Obama drives clean fleet with corporations

By Lilia Guan   As United States Government doubles the number of clean fleets its uses within its agencies, President Obama has announced private organisations are also jumping on the green fleet bandwagon.   The President said it has gone into a ‘Clean Fleets Partnership’, with large US-based private companies like; UPS; FedEx; AT&T; Verizon; […]

Switching streetlights to go green

Sydney City Council plans to roll out LED to cut the City's power bills and greenhouse gas emissions.   The sustainable streetlights were trialled in Alexandria Park, Kings Cross, Martin Place and Circular Quay.   Building on this success, the City has joined London, New York and Hong Kong in an international trial of smarter […]

WALGA reminds residents to keep rivers clean

The Western Australia Local Government Association (WALGA) has requested that people heading for riverside parks and reserves this Australia Day to minimise waste and clean up after the public holiday celebrations.   About 21 Local Governments that surround the Swan and Canning river system have united in their effort to increase community awareness on the […]

World first for bottled water ban

The University of Canberra has become the first tertiary institution to ban bottled water across its entire campus. Initiated by students in partnership with not-for-profit organisation Do Something, it will be the world's biggest bottled water ban to date. Phased in across retail outlets, cafes and vending machines, the ban will effectively stop the sale […]

Greening the cleaning contract

The City of Yarra in Victoria is currently trialing a groundbreaking, green cleaning partnership program, in collaboration with its cleaning contractors. The council’s Green Clean Program is being facilitated by Fresh Green Clean (FGC), and managed by its contract manager David Laidlaw. The original aim was to develop an auditable standard for the council’s green […]

Penrith City Library goes green with Acer

A council in Western-Sydney has selected hardware vendor Acer to supply energy efficient computers.   Under the agreement, Acer and its partner Dataflex have supplied 90 computers to Penrith City Council’s Library.   The vendor also planned to plant 90 trees to offset the computers’ carbon emissions, for the Council.   Previously, the Council was […]

National waste policy on track

Environment ministers are on track to deliver Australia’s first national waste policy, the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) has announced. The Council met in Sydney last week to progress key issues of national interest, including the ten-year national waste policy. Environment Ministers reinforced their commitment to product stewardship measures, including the national recycling scheme […]

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