Climate Change and Renewables at the Inner West Council

Disappointing that the majority of councillors did not support Council reducing our emissions more quickly.

However, on a positive note - several of our amendments were incorporated into the motion and resolved: "That Council note the community support for transitioning its fleet to electric vehicles, and receive an update on the Fleet Transition Plan in early 2020."

There were two speakers to the item. 

Anna Harvery spoke of the need to reduce our emissions and how transitioning our fleet would reduce environmental and financial costs.

Rachel Green raised some important issues about the Adaptation to poorer air quality and the need for indoor exercise spaces. Also the challenges and opportunities for installing Solar in the Inner West.
Anna referenced a report prepared by Climate Works for the Municipal Association of Victoria.

See:  Driven Article: Electric vehicles are already cheaper than petrol cars for fleet owners, Posted onAugust 26, 2019Report: Electric Vehicle Ready Loc…

Getting around in the Inner West on Public Transport

Yesterday, I got to six engagements walking and using public transport but it wasn't all smoothe sailing. The air quality was bad, the 438 bus brokedown and the 445 bus and train from Petersham into the City were late.

In the morning, I joined the local Women's Choir at their warm up at the Annandale Community Centre and their performance at St Basil's Aged Care facility a short walk down Johnston Street.

Then I caught a bus to railway square and walked up Elizabeth St to Redfern Oval for a meeting.

After the meeting, I caught a bus back along Elizabeth Street to central.

At Central, I caught a  438.

However, the driver pulled up at the bus stop on Parramatta Road, at Camperdown School across from the Westconnex Dive site and informed us that we had to get off because of a problem with the bus. Someone mentioned something about a fan belt.

Eventually a 436 came along and I hopped on, getting off at the Leichhardt Town Hall to walk to
Leichhardt High for their STEM Showcas…

Westconnex Truck on Norton Street contrary to conditions of approval

Caught this westconnex truck trundling down Norton Street today - wasn't quick enough to get the number of the truck but reported anyway as I doubt Norton Street is a legitimate route.

Appendix B1Traffic and Transport and Access Management Sub-Plan
M4-M5 Link Mainline Tunnels June 2019 is at

Conditions from NSW Government
Department of Planning and Environment
Conditions of Approval for WestConnex M4-M5 Link SSI 7485
SSI 7485 MOD 1 determined 25 February 2019 A44 All construction spoil haulage vehicles must be clearly marked as being for WestConnex M4-M5 Link (including CSSI application number) in such a manner to enable immediate identification within at least 50 metres of the vehicles.

E52 Construction vehicles (including staff vehicles) associated with the CSSI must be managed to:
(a) minimise parking on public roads;
(b) minimise idling and queuing on public roads; and
(c) ensure spoil haulage…

Croydon Road Pedestrian Refuges

C1017 Item 14 Motion: Notice of Motion: Pedestrian Safety on Croydon Road, Croydon (Da Cruz/Porteous) October 2017 following meeting with locals in August 2017..

Next challenge is more trees...

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Air Quality and Carbon Emissions in the Inner West

Update: Marrickville West primary school called a SNAP Action to highlight the health risks of the air pollution in Sydney. Orange Grove followed Suit. Also action at Dulwich Hill Primary. 

Media Coverage:

The Marrickville Primary action led to action at Orange Grove covered by SMH

Inner West Council Climate and Renewables Strategy with Anna Harvey 12/12/2019

Snap actions in protest against air pollution a…

Air Quality deteriorates in the Inner West

The Bushfires in NSW have seen the tragic loss of human life, stock and wildlife.
Hundreds of homes and other property has been destroyed.

Today, emergency air quality monitoring is being undertaken in Port Macqaurie, Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Taree with warnings to other areas. in Northern NSW due to the bushfires.

The above map shows that air quality in the Inner West was poor. This was attributed to bush fire smoke. However, there are a large number of diesel trucks travelling to and from the Westconnex sites at Haberfield, Rozelle and Annandale. It was quite likely there were cruise and concrete ships at White Bay and Circular Quay. There are also a large number of diesel buses.

Bushfire smoke is a mixture of different-sized particles, water vapour and gases, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides.

SMH November 19, 2019: "Parame…

Air Quality in the Inner West Thursday 21 November 2019.

Air Quality in Sydney approximately 10.55 on Thursday 21 November 2019.

Source: Live Air Quality Monitoring: