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
• 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.