Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities

The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people.

“Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of their urban water resources while reducing demand on potable supplies.

“Projects that could be supported include recycling and reuse, stormwater capture and reuse schemes, desalination and water sensitive urban design initiatives.”

Funding is capped at 50 per cent of total project costs, with the minimum Australian Government contribution of $250,000. While there is no maximum project size, the Australian Government contribution is capped at $10 million per project.

Projects must be completed by 30 June 2012.

Under an earlier stage of the Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, more than $100 million is earmarked for projects identified in 2007 election commitments.

Guidelines are available from www.environment.gov.au/water/programs/index.html or by calling 1800 218 478.

SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities – 1 October 2009.

Marysville moving on

Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria

Artists Impression - SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria

The draft Urban Design Framework(UDF) for Marysville was released this week for public display and feedback. Maysville was the sub-alpine town that was wiped out during the bushfires that ravage areas of South-East Australia in Febraury this year.  The UDF is seen by the consultants as

There is an opportunity to rebuild the town to create a distinct character that complements the beauty of the surrounding environment and secures Marysville’s economic future. Encompassing the values and aspirations of the community, the Marysville and Triangle Urban Design Framework is an important first step in achieving this.

It will guide the rebuilding of Marysville and assist with decision-making about the projects that will help to attract businesses and services back into the town and provide jobs for local people. It will guide how the town can be rebuilt in a way that optimises the natural and economic advantages of the Marysville and Triangle region.

A copy of the Draft UDF is available here

SOURCE: We will rebuild Victoria via Architecture & Design

Australia is now world’s biggest carbon emitter per capita

Numerous news sources have reported that Australia has now surpassed the USA as the world biggest carbon emitter per capita. Emitting approximately 20.5 tons annually per person exceeding the USA’s 19.78 tons. Just as this news was reported, today the CSIRO (Australia’s national science agency) released The CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook – How to Save Energy, Save Money and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint launched by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr.

The press release announces CSIRO scientists say householders can reduce their home and car energy use by as much as 50 per cent by making changes to daily activities.

The CSIRO blurb for the book

The handbook offers information and advice on how to measure and reduce an individual’s carbon footprint in all aspects of modern living, including:

  • simple energy-saving tricks around the house
  • maximising a home’s potential for easy heating and cooling
  • ways to save on shopping and transport
  • making the most of gardens
  • tips for building and renovating homes.

The book is available at bookstores for $AUD29.99

SOURCE: CSIRO

Ed note: I have to wonder why the book is not available in e-book version.

Local environment groups get a $5million boost – Australia

Landcare and Coastcare community groups in Australia are eligible to receive grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for local projects under a new $5 million program. Groups will be able to apply online for projects including coastal rehabilitation, sustainable farming, tree planting, dune rehabilitation and other projects that improve and rehabilitate the landscape.

SOURCE: Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries

PIA announce Australia Award for Urban Design

The Planning Institute Australia (PIA) announced the Australia Award for Urban Design on 11 August.

This year saw a record number of entries, as well as a richness of creative projects from
around the nation. This year PIA awarded 2 winners and 1 commendation

Winners
1. TRANSFORMING AUSTRALIAN CITIES
Cities around the world are in the process of redefining their form to deal with issues of
climate change and sustainability, and to make them more liveable.
This significant piece of research was commissioned by the Victorian Government and
undertaken by a team led by the City of Melbourne and supported by a range of specialists.

2. PADDINGTON RESERVOIR GARDENS
Over the past two years, the City of Sydney, together with its collaborative design team of
architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners and access consultants has created a
unique, surprising, functional and totally engaging public park that has captured the
imagination of all those fortunate enough to pass or live nearby.

COMMENDATION
SUSTAINABLE SYDNEY 2030 – THE VISION

SOURCE: PLANNING INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA

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