Sunday, December 29, 2019

Leichhardt Council employ Man, Horse and Cart in streetsweeping (Video 1965)


This news item shows horse and carts being used in 1965 by Leichhardt Council to sweep the streets including Annandale.

Though the news item mocks the operation, the horse, man and cart was an efficient and quiet way to clean the streets compared to today's leaf blower and vacuum truck. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times (26 March 2019)

Summer 2019/20 Swims

LPAC have extended our pool open times so you can enjoy some late laps and a sunset swim during the summer period.

Commencing on the first Friday of summer and running to the last Friday of summer the following changes will be made to pool closing times:

Mushroom pool will stay open to the public until 7pm
Olympic Pool will stay open to the public until 9pm

 
26 March 2019 Item No: C0319(2) Item 9 )
Subject:  Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times         
From: Councillor Marghanita Da Cruz   
Motion:

THAT a review of the opening times of swimming pools and other facilities at the Aquatic Centres including extending (or shortening) the season and hours be undertaken and a report be brought back to Council.

Report

At the 12 March 2019 Council meeting, Council resolved to run a trial of keeping a pool open for water polo training from 8.00pm-9.00pm.

Personal Fitness was identified as number 4 and Swimming was identified as number 7 in the recreation needs study (see below).

Many people work long hours and being able to go down to the pool for a swim on the way home would be a nice way to wind down or start the day.

Air pollution is often poor in Sydney and possibly worse in the Inner West, which means it may not be safe for sensitive people to exercise outdoors.

With increasing temperatures there is an growing need for places to cool down.

The Aquatic Centres incorporate Pools, Gyms, Cafes and other community facilities which may not currently fit into the schedules of a large portion of our community.



1.
Review opening times of Aquatic Centres

Source: Agenda 26 March 2019 Meeting
https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/03/C_26032019_AGN_3693_AT_WEB.htm


C0319(2) Item 9  Notice of Motion: Review of Aquatic Centre Times
Motion: (Da Cruz/Byrne)



THAT Council note a review of the opening times of swimming pools and other facilities at the Aquatic Centres including extending (or shortening) the season and hours is already underway and a report be brought back to Council.



Motion Carried

For Motion:   Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis, Steer and York

Against Motion:  Nil

Absent:   Cr Iskandar

Source Minutes 26 March 2019 Meeting
https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/03/C_26032019_MIN_3693_WEB.htm

Action would be good but back of an envelope BAU Cost of Inner West Carbon Neutrality by 2021


 



% of Emissions from each Source Source tonnes Offset $15/tonne*** Offset $40/tonne****
11.00% Fuel 2420 $36,300 $96,800
10.00% Natural Gas 2200 $33,000 $88,000
35.00% Street Lights 7700 $115,500 $308,000
38.00% Electricity 8360 $125,400 $334,400
4.00% Food and Catering 880 $13,200 $35,200
1.00% Waste 220 $3,300 $8,800
1.00% Other 220 $3,300 $8,800


22000 $330,000 $880,000
Forecast Reduction 4,000 tonnes a year Morree Solar Farm power purchase *
-4000 -$60,000 -$160,000
reduction of 1,500 tonnes per year LED Street Lighting **
-1500 -$22,500 -$60,000


16500 $247,500 $660,000


* https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/about/news/media-releases/2018-media-releases/solarenergyagreement
** https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/live/environment-and-sustainability/climate-change/councils-action-on-climate-change
**Greenfleet offers Per Tonne Offset (corporate) $15.00 https://greenfleet.secure.force.com/offset?type=corporate
****Germany will raise the price for greenhouse gas emissions from transport and heating buildings to 25 euros (25*1.61=AUD40.25) per ton from 2021 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-climate/germany-to-raise-carbon-price-to-25-euros-in-2021-sources-idUSKBN1YK0IF


Report Inner West Council: 100% carbon neutral and renewable – Stage 1 (2018)
https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/ArticleDocuments/12126/Pathway%20to%20a%20Carbon%20Neutral%20Council%20(2018).pdf.aspx

....

8.7 Likely costs to offset

It is recommended Inner West Council map out future emissions scenarios that vary the scope, timingand scale of abatement initiatives so that varying requirements for offsets can be developed and discussed.

Table 18 below estimates potential costs to offset indicative carbon volumes of 10,000 t CO2-e, 15,000t CO2-e and 20,000 t CO2-e to achieve carbon neutrality.
These levels would reflect low, moderate and significant levels of implementation of carbon abatement measures by Inner West Council.

The costs are based on a 2017 (54) paper for Inner West Council that sets out the process for and options relating to the sourcing of carbon offsets from local and international projects. Cost estimates were predicated on an assumed carbon footprint of 23,002 tonnes of CO 2 -e on an NCOS-basis. This draws on
the range of costs seen for:
    • local Australian projects (more expensive and low supply, but may be more acceptable by the community, for example VCS credits for Tasmanian native forest protection can be bought from $9.50),
    • international projects (for example, VCS carbon offsets from wind farm projects in China or India from $1.50 per tonne 55 ),
    • carbon offset projects with social benefits (for example REDD projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries and start at $4.50).
 

 

Inner West Council Gas, Electricity and Lighting Costs

GAS 2018 $749,000
GAS 2019 $593,000 (Ashfield Pool Closed)
 
Electricity 2018: $2,392,000
Electricity 2019: $3,230,000 (New Price * includes Moree Farm PPA)

Street Lighting 2018: $1,629,000
Street Lighting 2019: $1,663,000 (in the process of converting to LED Lighting)

 











Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greehouse Gas Inventroy June 2019





 


"The NSW Greens are calling for the state to return to carbon pricing to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.

NSW previously had a carbon pricing scheme. In fact, according to the Greens, it was the first place in the world to enact such a program. It ran from 2003 to 2012, during which NSW reduced its carbon emissions by 144 million tonnes.
NSW ended the program once the Federal Government introduced nationwide carbon pricing." https://www.energymatters.com.au/renewable-news/nsw-greens-statewide-carbon-pricing/

December 10, 2019: "We need to reduce our carbon emissions immediately, and we need to adapt our practices to deal with this kind of weather becoming the new normal," Mr Kean [NSW Liberal Minister for the Environment] said.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/this-is-not-normal-minister-urges-action-on-climate-change-20191210-p53ip1.html




Friday, December 13, 2019

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:

C1219(1) Item 1  Climate and Renewables Strategy

  1. council adopt the Draft Climate and Renewables Strategy subject to incorporating the amendments in Table 1; 
  2. That the Climate and Renewables Strategy incorporate the principle of ‘Climate Justice’ to ensure that actions under the Strategy are targeted to benefit those in our community who are disproportionately harmed by the climate and energy crisis.
  3. That the Strategy’s executive summary be revised to clearly state the Strategy’s corporate and community targets for renewables and emissions. 
  4. 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.
  5.  The implementation plan address the need for adaptation measures within our community, including indoor and outdoor recreation spaces and child care centres, to respond to extreme weather conditions;
  6. That progress reporting on the Climate and Renewable Strategy be included prominently within Council’s annual Operational Plan. 
  7. That Council receive advice under a ‘Carbon Emission Implications’ section with each item reported to Council.
  8. That Council reiterate the below resolutions adopted on 12 November 2019, note the priority of these items in the context of the Climate and Renewables Strategy, and receive an update report in early 2020....
Motion Carried
For Motion: Crs Byrne, Da Cruz, Drury, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM, Porteous, Stamolis, Steer and York
Against Motion: Crs Macri, Passas and Raciti
  1. Amendment (Kiat/Da Cruz)
    THAT:
    1.    Consistent with Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, that the Climate and Renewables Strategy be amended to revise Council’s net zero corporate carbon emissions target to be reached by the end of 2020/21 Motion Lost
    For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Porteous and Steer

    Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and York

    Council receive a report on the budgetary options for implementing actions under the Climate and Renewables Strategy at the earliest opportunity in 2020 to ensure it is prioritised in the process of developing the 2020/2021 Operational Plan and Budget. That this report include a draft implementation plan including shorter term interim targets for reaching the Strategy’s overall targets, with associated actions and budgetary allocations required; 
    Motion Lost
    For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Hesse, Kiat, Porteous and Steer
    Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Lockie, Macri, McKenna OAM, Passas, Raciti, Stamolis and York

    Amendment (Stamolis/Passas)

    THAT Council to report broad level financial commitments in the climate and renewables strategy (i.e. a summarised table).

    Motion Tied
    For Motion:                 Crs Da Cruz, Macri, Passas, Porteous, Raciti, Stamolis and Steer
    Against Motion:          Crs Byrne, Drury, Hesse, Kiat, Lockie, McKenna OAM and York

    The Chairperson used his Casting Vote against the MOTION and the MOTION was lost.

    Foreshadowed Motion (Macri/Passas)

    THAT Council adopt the Draft Climate and Renewables Strategy subject to incorporating the amendments in Table 1.

    This Foreshadowed motion lased.
Note: the primary motion is not correct in the draft minutes of 10 December 2019 Inner West Council Meeting https://innerwest.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/12/C_10122019_MIN_3709_WEB.htm




Solar PV Maps and Tools
Understand the Australian solar PV market with live generation data, historical maps and animations, and tools to explore rooftop PV potential and per-postcode market penetration. https://pv-map.apvi.org.au/

Inner West LGA 45, 616 Dwellings, 4421 Installations (9.2%) 19963kW including significant installations on IKEA Tempe and Airport Carpark. Leichhardt Market Place's Installation may not be included yet. 
  • Kurangai LGA 33,143 Dwellings, 4130 installations (11.8%) 18,678kW 
  • Lake Macquarie LGA 81,857 Dwellings, 17,046 Installations (20.1%) 67,603kW


PV uptake in the Inner West source https://pv-map.apvi.org.au/

Inner West Council PV installations by Postcode


Kurangai 33,143 Dwellings, 4130 installations (11.8%) 18,678kW

Lake Macquarie LGA 81,857 Dwellings, 17,046 Installations (20.1%) 67,603kW






Friday, December 6, 2019

Getting around in the Inner West on Public Transport

Singing at St Basil's
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.

Choir at Annandale Community Centre
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.
Broken 438 Bus



westconnex dive site
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.


With teacher David Springbett and other judges after STEM Showcase at Leichhardt High
Eventually a 436 came along and I hopped on, getting off at the Leichhardt Town Hall to walk to
Women on the Verge
Leichhardt High for their STEM Showcase.

After that a walk through Pioneer park to the bus stop on Norton Street to catch the 18:18 445, which as late. Got off at Petersham Station to go to the Inner West Council Environment Volunteers Christmas Party - where I joined the Women on the Verge trivia team.

Trivia Questions included how much water does a 7 minute shower use - the answer is 50litres!

Art for Rivers at MUA
Then I caught the train to Town Hall and the Art for Rivers exhibition at MUA Headquarters.

Unfortuately, I missed Thomas Mayor's talk "Finding the Heart of the Nation" but did acquire a signed copy of his book.

Finding the Heart of the Nation: The journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty & Truth

Walked back to Broadway and caught the 470 home!
























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