Melbourne City Council cancels NY fireworks

Only joking, but if you believe the bilge in the Melbourne City Council Plan 2013-14, entitled A Bold, Inspirational and Sustainable City, you would expect nothing less.  After all, the council is striving for zero emissions from its operations.  And we all know the carbon footprint left by a totally unnecessary and frivolous half-hour release of imported fireworks!

I am finding that when ever I read sustainable, I think: someone is wasting our money.

What has happened to local government? And what is former Liberal opposition leader and now Mayor, Rob Doyle, thinking?  He has clearly gone completely bonkers.

Check out this sludge from its plan:

The Council’s four-year priorities:
• Update and continue to implement our Zero Net Emissions Strategy.
• Provide services to enable residents and businesses to transition to zero net emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
• Develop low-carbon and renewable-energy infrastructure through structure plans and planning approvals.
• Embed municipal-wide waste management practices to increase recycling, reduce waste generation and lessen amenity impacts.
• Improve sustainable water management
by updating and implementing our Total Watermark Strategy.
• Develop integrated water management infrastructure through structure plans and planning approvals.
• Improve resilience to environmental impacts by implementing our Urban Forest and Open Space strategies, and also develop a
Biodiversity Strategy.
Update and continue to implement our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
Embed a stronger focus on sustainability and climate change adaptation in our systems, governance, tools and knowledge and in our interactions with the community.

 

Don’t you just love it – not?  Urban forests – WTF.  And embed a stronger focus on sustainability and climate change adaptation in our systems – WTF.

My solution – get the state government to impose a five year freeze on local government rates (not just rate in the dollar – no property owner will pay more) and see if all this stuff and nonsense survives.  Roads and rubbish, please.

 

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23 Responses to Melbourne City Council cancels NY fireworks

  1. Jim Rose

    is increasing the supply of land mentioned anywhere?

  2. Gerry

    how can you swan around the world to numerous conferences and show your face without climate change policies and bike paths?? …how can you attend dinner parties with the luvlies without climate change policies and bike paths?? its just not possible ! cut him some slack he needs to save face with all the nice people he dines with who think that government/council money is somehow gleaned from a money tree (that is grown, no doubt, in a urban forest)

  3. C.L.

    • Update and continue to implement our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
    • Embed a stronger focus on sustainability and climate change adaptation in our systems, governance, tools and knowledge and in our interactions with the community.

    LOL.

  4. Indigo

    It’s nuts, but true believers will continue to believe until we have a least 2 consecutive years of falling globel temperatures. Anything less and they just keep making excuses for a lack of warming.

  5. H B Bear

    Just empty the bins and fill the potholes Rob.

  6. Bruce

    I am finding that when ever I read sustainable, I think: someone is wasting our money.

    Quite so. Here in Newcastle the city council has cancelled the midnight New Year’s fireworks display.

    They did so to save money. They are in debt up to their eyeballs.

    I predict Melbourne will so go. What greenery hasn’t done this year lack of green will make them do in fullness of time.

    Socialism, as usual, works really well until you run out of other peoples’ money.

  7. Darryl Adams

    You do realise Australia is an exporter of fireworks? Most like made in Victoria no less!

    Once again, Catallaxy brings the Lols,

  8. Why would they have New York fireworks in Melbourne?

    Of course, if you meant NYE fireworks, they keep them because, according to my wife, they’re pretty.

    i.e. fireworks pretty = keep; coal dirty = ban! And no, she hates communists, whatever colour they pretend to be.

  9. Uber

    One year the Townsville City council cancelled their NYE fireworks and gave their rate payers money to Indonesia to ‘support’ tsunami victims. They never mentioned the cost of cancelling their contract with the fireworks operator at the last minute.

  10. And what is former Liberal opposition leader and now Mayor, Rob Doyle, thinking? He has clearly gone completely bonkers.

    This is what worries me (see also Tim Wilson as Human Rights Commissioner). Are the good people being taken captive by the Symbionese Liberation Army that IS luvviedom?

    How many more Tanyas will there be?

  11. Struth

    “It’s nuts, but true believers will continue to believe until we have a least 2 consecutive years of falling globel temperatures. Anything less and they just keep making excuses for a lack of warming”.

    These people who are the true believers are only true believers because it suits them.
    Follow the money.
    When a bureaucracy prattles on about this shit it just exposes itself as a waste of tax payer money when it is trying desperately to maintain funding and be relevent.
    As long as we keep paying for them they’ll keep believing in it. Hell would freeze over and if we keep paying they’ll keep believing.
    Typical leftists in the thought process, see how quick they would become “sceptics” if they had to use their own money and not yours.

  12. Rabz

    Couldn’t we just cancel Melbourne City Council instead?

  13. cuckoo

    Please, Idiot Doyle is too busy buggering up the last remaining streets in the original Melbourne city grid – some of the finest and most generous streets in any Australian city – with stupid, useless bike lanes. Marked not just with dinky white lines, but stone embankments which would stop a soviet tank.

    On fireworks, I was listening to a very senior arts person, who would no doubt consider herself one of the educated elite, moaning about the damage done to the ‘ozone layer’ by Sydney’s NYE fireworks. Let’s just hope she never hears about…volcanoes.

  14. Ant

    Cut their funding. I absolutely agree. Same goes for state and federal governments.

    Controls over government spending in the hands of the informed citizenry is essential.

    The more money government has, the more you can sure they firstly take care of their own interests, and then spend far too much on incredibly stupid stuff – which they would never spend if it was coming out of their own pockets.

    It isn’t enough to simply have elections – particularly when the ruling class have effective control over the media and the education system and they can propagandise and work towards dumbing down the populace.

  15. Mr Rusty

    Bloody hell, do we have an Aussie CDC? The disease is airborne and has crossed the Tasman and infected Vic. How long before it reaches NSW? I say we nuke Melbourne and all of Tasmania now.

  16. Major Elvis Newton

    It appears that the “adaptation” consultants in Melbourne Clown Hall were pipped in their rush to be Doomsday Preppers by the People’s Republic of Darebin who in their inimitable wisdom devised the idea of an “All Nations Forest“.

    Anxious Darebin residents can draw comfort from their progressive council who – in foreseeing the impending apocalypse – have built a “…food forest (that) is also a place for the community to come together, share ideas, learn new skills, trial new species and improve food security…”

    No expense of taxpayers money was more greatly justified than to ensure the survival of Darebin Hipsters…save Fatty Doyle’s Fantabulous Fireworks Extravaganza.

  17. HK_Brother

    • Update and continue to implement our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.
    • Embed a stronger focus on sustainability and climate change adaptation in our systems, governance, tools and knowledge and in our interactions with the community.

    *cough*
    …Follow the money trail.
    *cough*

  18. John Freeman

    I voted for this idiot. What a bloody disappointment he has turned out to be.

  19. David

    Couldn’t we just cancel Melbourne City Council instead?

    Rabz the very idea that your suggestion is a sensible one is why it will never happen.

    We can only thank the Great Pumpkin that the silly bugger didn’t get to be Premier of the State.

    Come back Henry Bolte [or even Jeffrey Kennett] we forgive you.

  20. Robbo

    Doyle has always been an incompetent mendacious tosser so why do people continue with futile hope that he can do a half decent job heading that pack of dills masquerading as Councillors at the City of Melbourne?

  21. DaveR

    Melbourne City Council was the only Australian government sector body to sign up as a full member to the Chicago Climate Exchange (now collapsed). To qualify as a member, the CCE imposed heavy annual operational requirements on each member. MCC has never revealed the cost of complying with the CCE membership conditions, being buried deep in the annual accounts. Will Mr Doyle reveal these costs now?

  22. caveman

    Bike lanes , farkwits yep sounds like Sydney.

  23. Lutz

    This is just following a strict implementation of Agenda 21 on a local level. Nobody seems to have realised yet how dangerous Agenda 21 is.

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