Friday, September 29, 2023

Deep Soil - Tree Canopy


What is a deep soil area?

A deep soil area is a soft landscape area on a lot with no impeding building structure or feature above or below, which supports growth of medium to large canopy trees and meets a 1 metre x 1 metre (1 metre squared) dimension. Deep soil areas exclude basement carparks, services, swimming pools, tennis courts and impervious surfaces.

What is a planting area?

A planting area is an area with a minimum soil depth and dimension of 1 metre that supports growth of medium to large canopy trees.

What is the difference between a deep soil area and a planting area?

The difference is that a planting area requires a minimum soil depth of 1 metre whereas, deep soil area does not.

What is canopy cover?

Canopy cover is the land area covered by tree crowns (branches, leaves, and reproductive structures extending from the trunk or main stems) from trees located within the subject site, excluding any area that falls
within an adjoining privately owned lot. It is calculated using the canopy width of a tree species at full maturity.
Where overlapping occurs between the tree canopies, the site’s total canopy cover is the total land area covered by tree crowns, not the sum of the canopy cover of each individual tree.
Table 1 (below) lists species of trees suitable within the City of Vincent, and provides information on the area of canopy cover provided by each type of tree at maturit"
...Information Sheet, City of Vincent

Greener neighbourhoods

A coordinated approach to planning for tree canopy and green cover is essential to achieving 40% urban tree canopy cover for Greater Sydney by 2036.

Greener Neighbourhoods guide (download)...

Greener Neighbourhoods guide Deep Soil Targets


Ted Floyd
The late Ted Floyd author of Creekcare

Creekcare Biocarbon Sinks by Ted Floyd (2013)

"When plants grow they absorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere and generate bio-carbon sinks. In cities, stormwater can be harvested and the captured water used to irrigate plants increasing the size of biocarbon sinks."...
"In natural eco-systems surrounding Sydney up to 70% of rainfall is absorbed by soils compared to 10% in the suburbs. In the suburbs a very high proportion of the rain immediately becomes runoff causing flash flooding.

Rainfall absorbed by soils is pumped back into the atmosphere by plants. Transpiration is the movement of water from soils up the roots and stems of plants and then out into the atmosphere through small holes in the surface of leaves. Water movement up the roots and stems is essential to carry plant nutrients from soils to the growing points of the plant."...

Future of Shopping - the past

Shopping Trolleys whose wheels lock
Soon shoppers will boycot shops which sell them rubbish which they struggle to get home on Foot, Cycling and Public Transport.

We will choose a market for variety reflecting our diversity from Vegan to meat eater and the healthy in between. 

Walking, Cycling and Public Transport will not only be for the old and young - but others who don't want to be private taxi drivers, couriers or a delivery service.

We may even return our packaging to the store we bought it at.

Mikala Dwyer: Penelope and the Seahorse

At Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney. Closes Sunday 15 October 2023
"Penelope and the Seahorse multiplies flexible memory associations, combining natural history, myths, half-truths, and dreams, while spanning the deep time of a pagan past, modernity and future imaginings. Dwyer weaves ancient Greek mythologies into a futuristic vision of marine life as ghostly apparition." 

Public Spaces (Unattended Property) Act 2021

The new Public Spaces Unattended Property laws commenced on 1 November 2022.

Key changes- Transitioning to the new laws

From 1 November 2022 to 30 April 2023 a grace period applies for certain offences relating to classes of property left unattended, including:animals (typically stock animals)
shopping trolleys
personal recreational devices such as kayaks.

This grace period provides an opportunity for members of the public to become familiar with the new laws and make appropriate arrangements for the ongoing storage of their property.

It also enables operators of shopping trolleys additional time to implement and comply with branding requirements in the Code of Practice for Class 2 Items – Shopping Trolleys and other Sharing Service Items.
During the grace period, warnings may be issued to the owner of the above classes of unattended property and, should the property be left unattended after 1 May 2023, a fine may be issued.

Fines may be issued for all offences under the Act from 1 May 2023... 

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Shopping Trolleys - May 23, 2019

But Wheels to the market are not going away

Getting on and off Busses

Keeping Active
Taking load of Shopping on bus

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Rollout of FOGO to Single Dwellings


Item 20 FOGO – Food Recycling Update (8 Aug 2023 Council Meeting)
Q: What are the projected dollar savings and Co2 emissions year savings from the FOGO [FOOD ORGANIC GARDEN ORGANIC Bin Collection] rollout?
A: Based on 7,000 tonnes of food and garden waste (expected) to be transferred from the Red lid garbage(land fill) bin to FOGO Green Bin:
  • 14,700 tonnes CO2 equivalent and
  • $370,000 savings in landfill fees/disposal/processing charges
Revenue from Domestic Waste Charges(21/22) $37,701,000 (Source Annual Report and Financial Statements 2021/22
Inner West Council received a Go FOGO grant. 
Go FOGO grants are available to NSW councils to implement new weekly kerbside collection services for food and garden waste. The grants support councils to deliver efficient weekly organics recycling services to households.
*Inner West Council*
Inner West Council Go FOGO

  * *Grant amount:* Grant amount depends on the number and type of
    households and type of service change.
  * *Application opened:* 15 August 2023
  * *Application closes:* 10 October 2023, 4:00 pm
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