LIKE the walkways built in the canopies above rainforests, North Sydney Council hopes to lift pedestrians and cyclists above the urban jungle, with an ambitious plan to build an elevated path running from the southern end of the Harbour Bridge to as far north as Falcon Street.
The path, still at the concept stage and estimated to cost up to $30 million, would run 2 kilometres from the deck level of the bridge to St Leonards Park and Falcon Street along the Warringah Freeway. The council hopes that by bypassing North Sydney’s hilly streets, traffic congestion and car pollution, many more people will walk or ride to work.
Going green with a cycleway above the streets – Environment – smh.com.au. Sydney Morning Herald
Human waste from the new mega-library in Peppermint Grove will be recycled and used on a $1 million landscaped park around the building.
It will be the first time the technology has been used in Australia.
Harvested “brown water” will water the lawns and urine will be treated and added to the irrigation system on the site.
“The plants will love it,” landscape architect Matt Huxtable told the council.
POST Newspapers Online: Headline News.
Proposed plan changes will make it harder to build in the basin’s rural areas. But, nearly 70 areas have been identified where small five to 10 house developments, called nodes, may be permitted.
Gaining Mackenzie District Council consent would require meeting appearance, placement, size and design criteria.
Approval to notify the plan change was not granted at yesterday’s meeting because extra survey data was needed. The meeting reconvenes on Friday with the intention to gain approval.
Development rules change in Mackenzie – Local News – The Timaru Herald.
The Banksia Category Awards reflect those issues most relevant to today’s Australian in the ecological sustainability arenas.
Increasingly it is becoming more importandt for corporations, businesses, governments, communities and individuals, to be recognised for their environmental or sustainability credentials.
Entries must be submitted by Monday 5th May 2008.
Banksia Environmental Foundation – Category Awards.
The Noosa community is determined to continue the fight against council amalgamation despite the odds.
Figures released yesterday show an overwhelming 96 per cent of those in the shire, who took part in the recent voluntary merger ballot, voted against the government’s decision to combine Noosa with Maroochy and Caloundra in a “super council”.
Noosa vows to keep fighting merger | thedaily.com.au.
Transport Minister Annette King has launched Sustainable Transport, a draft Update of the New Zealand Transport Strategy that outlines a vision for a sustainable transport future.
Ms King released the document in Wellington as the first step toward updating the Government’s 2002 New Zealand Transport Strategy.
Scoop: Launch Of Sustainable Transport.