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Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Children’s Spokesperson
29.05.12 1:13 pm
No Dedicated Child Death Review Team in Tas
Paul O’Halloran MP
Greens Children’s Spokesperson
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
The Tasmanian Greens today called for an investigation into the need for a dedicated unit to investigate the deaths of children, and provide policy advice to the Minister regarding prevention.
During Budget Estimates today, Greens Children’s spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP raised concerns that Tasmania was the only jurisdiction, apart from the ACT, which did not have a formal Child Death Review Team.
“Other states have designated Child Death Review Teams which comprise a panel of experts to examine the causal factors behind the deaths of children, and to make recommendations for preventing future deaths,” Mr O’Halloran said.
“In New South Wales, for example, whenever a child dies the cause is recorded and investigated by the unit, which then provides policy advice to the Minister.”
“Minister O’Byrne confirmed there is currently no mechanism for strategic oversight in reviewing child deaths in Tasmania, which the Greens believe is not acceptable.”
“Reviewing child deaths is currently shared between the Council for Obstetric and Paediatric Morbidity and the Coroner.”
“The death of any child is an unthinkable tragedy, and we need to ensure that the state is providing an integrated and effective approach to preventing the untimely death of children.”
“The recent string of terrible accidents involving school children on our roads shows that there are things we can do in a policy sense to make Tasmania a safer place for children.”
“The Minister agreed that this is a real issue that needs more work to develop a robust framework for reviewing and reducing the number of child deaths in the state, and we look forward to hearing what steps will be taken from here,” Mr O’Halloran.
Australian Electoral Commission
29.05.12 8:59 am
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is today launching a state-wide hunt for missing voters,with current data indicating around 21,000 people may be unenrolled in Tasmania.
Acting State Manager David Molnar said the purpose of the ‘Count Me In’ campaign was to prompt Australians to enrol to vote and to keep their address details current, so they areready to be counted at the next federal election.
“This many potential voters isequivalent to more than a capacity crowd at Blundstone Arena not being heard, and that’s not good for the health of our democracy,” he said.
As part of the ‘Count Me In’ campaign, the AEC will send a postcard to every Tasmanianhousehold. The postcard will outline the three easy steps to enrol or update enrolment details.
A national online advertising campaign, community radio advertising and other media and public relations activities will support the campaign.
“By enrolling to vote, you are not only meeting your legal obligation, but you will also help determine who is elected and represents you in the Parliament at the next federal election,” Mr Molnar said.
“At each election, some Tasmanianelectors miss out on their vote because they’ve left enrolment too late. This campaign is all about not waiting until whenever an election is called.”
The Tasmanian figures average out to about 4,200 missing voters in each of the five federal electorates in the state. The campaign is targeting an estimated 1.5 million missing voters nationally.
All Australian citizens aged 18 years and over must enrol to vote. Australians aged 16 and 17 can enrol now and vote when they turn 18.
To check if you’re enrolled to vote visit http://www.aec.gov.au/checkor call the AEC on 13 23 26 for help. The AEC website has contact details for people wishing to speak to someone in another language.
For more information or to enrol to vote, visit http://www.aec.gov.au.
‘Count Me In’ is part of the AEC’s 2012 Year of Enrolment, which marks the 100th anniversaryof compulsory enrolment and the 50th anniversary of the Indigenous right to vote.
Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resource Quarterly
29.05.12 8:03 am
Global trade of lumber up 25 percent the past two years and signs of better times ahead for the lumber industry, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly
International trade of softwood lumber increased in 2011 after two years in decline. Imports were up to China, Japan, Spain and South Korea while the fell in the US, the UK, France and Egypt. In Europe, lumber prices might have bottomed and could start increasing if additional supply will not outpace higher demand.
Download the full article can be found in the attached PDF file…..
Australian Professional Photography Awards
29.05.12 6:11 am
Adam Pretty winning portfolio
Sport photographer Adam Pretty has been named overall winner at the
36th Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards (or ‘Canon AIPP APPAs’)
Monday 28 May, 2012 – The photographic industry’s most anticipated accolade has been awarded to
Sydney photographer Adam Pretty last night by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
at a special gala dinner in Melbourne.
Adam last night walked away with $20,000 in Canon prizes and the prestigious title of 2012 Canon AIPP
Australian Professional Photographer of the Year for his stunning images (featured above) in addition to
the 2012 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year award.
‘The interest in the Canon AIPP APPAs continues to grow each year,’ says AIPP Executive Officer, Mr Peter
Myers. ‘Again, the awards have received a record number of entries from photographers from around the
country. This year more than 850 photographers submitted over 3,100 images in the competitive awards.’
Conducted by some of Australia’s most recognised photographers, judging for the awards took place over
the past three days at the industry’s annual Digital Show. Each of the thousands of images entered is
critiqued in detail by the esteemed judging panel.
‘As the photographic landscape changes, we need to modify the categories to accommodate the volumes
of work we are seeing in other areas,’ says Canon AIPP APPA Chairman and Judge, David Paterson.
In their 36th year, the Canon AIPP APPAs attract a prize pool of more than $40,000 in cash and prizes
including the grand prize – $20,000 worth of Canon EOS professional digital camera equipment.
“The Canon AIPP APPAs are the most sought-after accolade in Australian professional photography and the
standard rises each year due to the fierce competition,” says Taz Nakamasu, Managing Director, Canon
Australia. “As the No.1 camera brand in Australia, Canon is proud to support the development of
professional photographers and bring their work to broader attention as a source of inspiration and
enjoyment for all.”
The Canon AIPP APPAs are a celebration of photographic excellence and represent the pinnacle of
Australian professional photography – also some of the best in the world.
For further information, visit http://www.aipp.com.au.
Winners for the 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards are:
• 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer of the Year - Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Advertising Photographer of the Year – Easton Chang, Warners Bay NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year – Genelle Bevan, Berwick, VIC
• 2012 AIPP Architectural Photographer of the Year – Tim Griffith, Castlemaine, VIC
• 2012 AIPP Fusion Award – Matthew Ebenezer, Toowoomba, QLD,
• 2012 AIPP Australian Sport Photographer of the Year - Adam Pretty, Sydney NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Travel Photographer of the Year – Todd McGaw, Brisbane, QLD
• 2012 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year – Jackie Ranken, Queenstown, NZ
• 2012 AIPP Australian Science Environment & Nature Photographer of the Year – Darren Jew,
• 2012 AIPP Australian Documentary Photographer of the Year – Lesley Downie, Noosa Ville,
• 2012 AIPP Australian Illustrative Photographer of the Year – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool,
• 2012 AIPP Australian Fine Art Photographer of the Year – Hilary Hann, Kent Town, SA
• 2012 AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year – Sue Bryce, Leichhardt, NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Family Photographer of the Year – Jonelle Beveridge, Banjup, WA
• 2012 AIPP Australian Wedding Photographer of the Year – Ryan Schembri, Drummonye, NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Creative Photographer of the Year – Kelly Brown, Kenmore Hills, QLD
• 2012 AIPP Student Photographer Of The Year – Ona Janzen, Blackheath, NSW
• 2012 AIPP Tertiary Photography Institution Of The Year – Photography Studies College (PSC),
South Melbourne, VIC
• 2012 Highest Scoring Colour Print Award – Charmaine Heyer, Mooroobool, QLD
• 2012 Highest Scoring Print Monochrome Award – Jose Luis Guardia, Granada
• 2012 AIPP Australian Album of the Year Award – Nadine Saacks, Rose Bay, NSW
• 2012 AIPP Australian Photography Book Award – Fier Institute, Capalabar, QLD
Background to the Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards
The Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards are open to all Australian and overseas professional
photographers. In addition to the coveted 2012 Canon AIPP Australian Photographer of the Year Award, entries are
also judged in sub-categories covering specialised forms of professional photography including: Commercial,
Illustrative, Self-Promotion, Portrait, Wedding, Science, Environment & Nature, Landscape and an Open Award. As the
winning entries are judged by their peers in professional photography, the awards represent the best of the best
professional photography in Australia.
2012 marks the 36th year of the AIPP’s Australian Professional Photography Awards and the 11th year of
Canon’s major sponsorship. Award-winning images will go on national tour in the Canon AIPP APPA
Travelling Exhibition and be showcased in the Canon AIPP APPA book.
About the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)
Founded in 1963, the AIPP is a not-for-profit organization run voluntarily for and by professional photographers and
industry representatives who seek to set a standard of excellence within the photographic industry. The AIPP strives
to promote and maintain the highest standards of professional competence and business ethics in the industry. By
maintaining rigorous entry criteria and a binding Code of Ethics for members, as well as providing ongoing education
via seminars, workshops and events, the AIPP is a brand of trust in the photographic industry. AIPP Committees
represent members on important issues such as copyright; taxation, legal and business matters; insurance; digital
imaging and work practices.
Sponsored by Canon Australia
Canon Australia is a market leader in digital imaging technology for consumers and businesses. Canon EOS digital SLR
cameras are the No.1 choice for DSLR buyers in Australia*1. For working professional photographers, Canon
Professional Services offers a support network designed to provide you with the best professional support service - bar
none. As part of the Canon family, Canon Finance Australia makes finance for professional photographers simple. In
addition to the best products and services, Canon is dedicated to contributing to the growth and popularity of
photography at all levels in Australia. It does this in many ways, including the popular World of EOS online portal and
the key sponsorship of the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards.
*1 56% volume share. Source: GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Digital Still Cameras - DSLR, Retail Sales Value, Jan 2011-Dec 2011
(excludes MMC, Internet and online channels)
28.05.12 6:44 pm
Southern Water has welcomed the final determination on water and sewerage pricing released today by the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.
Chief Executive Officer Mike Paine said that the 2012-15 price determination meant that both customers and Southern Water could now plan ahead with certainty.
“It is pleasing to see that the Economic Regulator has supported Southern Water’s plan to remove existing price discrepancies across the region so that all customers will eventually pay the same prices for the same services,” Mr Paine said.
“We look forward to beginning this transition from 1 July and continuing to communicate to our customers what the new pricing system will mean for them.”
Southern Water will be writing to all customers in June with information on how their water and sewerage charges will change from 1 July.
“Our aim is to make sure that our customers are given all the information they need to understand how their water and sewerage bill will change.
“As well as writing directly to customers we are also running one-on-one personalised pricing sessions throughout June and July for residential customers who want to find out how much their bill will be in 2012-13.
To make an appointment for a personalised pricing session in Rosny, Glenorchy, Kingston or Hobart, please call 6237 8379. More information about the new water and sewerage pricing system is also available at http://www.southernwatertas.com.au
Jenny Weber Huon Valley Environment Centre
28.05.12 3:08 pm
28 May 2012
Huon Valley Environment Centre - The Great Southern Beanie Festival,
Opening event this Saturday 2 June at 2pm
Huon Valley Environment Centre is holding the inaugural Great Southern Beanie Festival, and the opening of the festival is 2 June at 2pm.
The Great Southern Beanie Festival is a community based project that aims to bring community together, people can share their stories and make beanies together, or make them at home and donate them to the exhibition. It was initiated by volunteers at the Huon Valley Environment Centre to get people talking together about the challenges we have with environmental issues and how we can move forward as a community.
Idea was inspired by the Alice Springs Beanie Festival – and their have a concept of sharing old yarns and stories. The Huon Valley Environment Centre promotes community based involvement in the arts, this festival is about the hand made textiles that is so popular in our community.
For the past nine months people have been meeting and making beanies in the environment centre on a Friday. People have been linked to the festival from all the knitting groups from Dover to Bruny Island. Beanies are being made by children and adults. And beanies have been made in a variety of ways using techniques such as, knitting, crochet, sewing, felt, weaveing.
Beanies will be sold as a fundraiser for the Huon Valley Environment Centre and are on display in the environment centre till the 15th June. The event has been sponsored by the Cygnet Arts Council. Saturday 2nd June, from 2pm, there will be tea and coffee, cakes and biscuits and celebrations of sharing a textile based community arts project in the Huon Valley Environment Centre, in Huonville. All are welcome.
28.05.12 1:58 pm
At a time when economic forecasts and state budgets clearly show Tasmania isn’t working, the State’s largest private sector, the property industry, is converging to discuss what measures are needed to make Tasmania work.
Tasmanian Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia Mary Massina said Make Tasmania Work Conference registrants would have the opportunity to hear from state and national experts about their views on the industry and the Tasmanian economy, including the good, the bad and the ugly.
“The Make Tasmania Work Conference, which runs from 31 May-1 June, will address a broad range of topics including barriers to investment, the Parliament Square development and the Cat & Fiddle refurbishment, as well as success in tough economic times and much needed micro-economic reform,” Ms Massina said.
“Conference speakers include Peter Verwer (Chief Executive Property Council of Australia), Bernard Sherlock (NAB), Grant O’Brien (CEO Woolworths), Miles Hampton (Chairman of the Tasmanian Water Corporation), and Peter Alexander (Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Project Director).”
Ms Massina said the release of 2012 -13 State Budget had highlighted a missed opportunity to reposition Tasmania and ensure the economic settings were right for the future prosperity of the State.
“The Make Tasmania Work Conference will address some of the tough issues the State is facing and delve into what it is really going to take to make the State function well,” she said.
“As proud Tasmanians and members of the property industry, we know that we can, and must do better.
“We can’t continue to do things the same old way just because that’s the way we have always done them. We need to review the way we govern.
“The Make Tasmania Work Conference is an ideal platform for the industry to reflect and review what we have been doing and develop a plan to make sure Tasmania works.”
The Make Tasmania Conference runs from Thursday, 31 May – Friday, 1 June and will be held in the Tasman Room at the Wrest Point Conference Centre.
Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety
28.05.12 3:01 am
Changes to the Privacy Act that better protect people’s personal information, simplify credit reporting arrangements and give new enforcement powers to the Privacy Commissioner were introduced into the Australian Parliament last week.
Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety Senator Catryna Bilyk said the changes represent the most significant developments in privacy reform since Labor introduced the Privacy Act in 1988.
“We are increasingly using the online world to communicate with others and to make purchases and consequently sharing our personal information more than ever before.
“Both consumers and governments have a role to play to protect privacy. Through these changes to the Privacy Act the Gillard Government is working to protect the privacy of Australian families.
“These new privacy laws focus on giving power back to consumers over how organisations use their personal information.”
Key changes to benefit consumers through the changes include:
• clearer and tighter regulation of the use of personal information for direct marketing;
• extending privacy protections to unsolicited information;
• making it easier for consumers to access and correct information held about them;
• tightening the rules on sending personal information outside Australia;
• a higher standard of protection to be afforded to ‘sensitive information’ – which includes health related information, DNA and biometric data; and
• enhancing the powers of the Privacy Commissioner to improve the Commissioner’s ability to resolve complaints, conduct investigations and promote privacy compliance.
The Government is also modernising credit reporting arrangements, including:
• making a clear obligation on organisations to substantiate, or show their evidence to justify, disputed credit listings;
• making it easier for individuals to access and correct their credit reporting information;
• prohibiting the collection of credit reporting information about children; and
• simplifying the complaints process by removing requirement to complain to the organisation first - complaints can be made directly to the Privacy Commissioner - and by introducing alternative dispute resolution to more efficiently deal with complaints.
“There have been big changes to the way we access finance since 1990 when the existing credit reporting provisions came into effect,” said Senator Bilyk.
“Many Tasmanian consumers have expressed their frustration to me at not being able to understand their credit rating.
“With these changes consumers will have more power to access and, if necessary, correct their credit reports.”
The Government expects the credit industry will benefit because the reforms provides a more accurate picture of an individual’s credit situation to help them make a robust assessment of credit risk, which is expected to lead to lower credit default rates.
Further information is available from http://www.ag.gov.au/Privacy/Pages/Privacy-Reforms.aspx
25.05.12 1:50 pm
The first readings from newly installed water meters at properties across southern Tasmania are revealing a number of higher than expected readings potentially caused by leaks on customer’s property.
With two-part water pricing to commence for all customers on 1 July, Southern Water is writing to customers who had higher than expected usage on their first reading to make them aware of a possible leak.
Executive Manager Customer Services, Angela Wright, said that now was the time to fix leaks on your property ahead of a Water Usage Charge being introduced for all customers from 1 July.
“The benefit of having water meters is that these leaks, which may have been present for months or even years, can be identified and addressed by property owners,” Ms Wright said.
“If a potential leak is identified now, there is an opportunity for the customer to fix the problem before the Water Usage Charge comes into effect on 1 July.
“We encourage all customers to use their water meter as a tool to monitor their usage and check for leaks. This can be done by turning off all the taps for an hour or two, or overnight, and checking whether the dials on your water meter continue to turn. If they do, you may have a leak and this should be investigated by a plumber as soon as possible.”
Many of the water meters which have been installed in the past 18 months are now being read to establish a base reading and give customers an indication of their usage before the Water Usage Charge takes effect.
The Water Usage Charge for the first quarterly account will be based on the average daily water use since the base reading, but only applies from 1 July.
25.05.12 1:45 pm
The TCCI has applauded a move by the cities of Hobart and Launceston to
work closer together on matters of joint importance.
TCCI Chairman Andrew Heap said the move was an important first step to
ensure voices of Hobart and Launceston were heard loud and clear by
decision makers in the State and Federal Governments as well as the
interstate boardrooms of potential investors.
“Over the years, the rivalry between Hobart and Launceston has been
legendary and it is heartening to see a more mature approach to fostering
the interests of the two regions,” Mr Heap said.
“While many people think the parochial issues between the north and south
is a bit of a joke, the reality is Tasmania has missed out as those
considering investing here marvel at the small minded nature of the debate
and take their investment dollars elsewhere.”
Mr Heap said with the State facing significant economic challenges, the
signal that the two cities had sent by indicating they were willing to put their
differences aside to work together for the economic benefit of Tasmania
“You only have to look interstate to areas such as Geelong to see how local
government working together can bring about real change and act as a
stimulus to investment and growth,” Mr Heap said.
“In Geelong, the city has managed to turn itself into an economic
powerhouse through local government working together to show potential
investors and both, State and Federal Governments that it is open for
“The Launceston and Hobart City Council’s are to be congratulated for this
move,” Mr Heap said.
Senator Stephen Parry Deputy President of the Senate Liberal, Tasmania
25.05.12 1:54 am
Senator Stephen Parry
Deputy President of the Senate
Friday 25 May 2012
Maritime Security Changes Cautiously Welcomed
Senator Stephen Parry has today cautiously welcomed the long-awaited action by the Federal Government to pick up key recommendations of the inquiry into the Adequacy of Aviation and Maritime Security Measures to Combat Serious and Organised Crime.
The Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated the inquiry on 14 September 2009 and the report was issued in June 2011, after almost 2 years of extensive investigation by the committee.
“As a member of the committee I travelled across Australia, and overseas, extensively investigating our waterfront areas, picking up key evidence from a wide range of law enforcement agencies including state and federal police to assist in developing the key recommendations,” Senator Stephen Parry said today.
“Whilst I welcome the commencement of these initiatives, I remain cautiously optimistic as I don’t know where the Federal Government is going to find the money to fund these important and essential changes.
“One of the most important key recommendations to be adopted is the introduction of legislation to provide powers to revoke or refuse a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) or an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) to a person based on compelling criminal intelligence rather than a court-tested conviction as has been the case in the past. The legislation will also expand the list of offences for which an MSIC or ASIC can be refused to include offences that relate to serious or organised crime.”
“I welcome the fact that the hard work and report done by the committee has been supported by law enforcement agencies across Australia. It is imperative that the Federal Government sees this through,” concluded Senator Parry.
Download Report into Adequacy of Aviation and Maritime Security Measures to Combat Serious and Organised Crime:
Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Health spokesperson
24.05.12 1:07 pm
Paul O’Halloran MP
Greens Health spokesperson
Thursday, 24 May 2012
The Tasmanian Greens today used the findings of an international study, which involved researchers at the Menzies Research Institute of Tasmania, that emphasises the importance of limiting the exposure of children to cigarette smoke, to issue a challenge to the Liberal Party to give up their acceptance of tobacco donations.
Greens Health spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP said that the mounting evidence is undeniable that smoking has immediate and long-term health ramifications for both people and for health budgets.
“This latest international report has delivered a serious warning about the irreversible impact on the cardiovascular health later in life, of children who have been exposed to their parents’ cigarette smoke,” Mr O’Halloran said.
“Tobacco is clearly impacting on the health of our children who are not smokers, as well as smokers. The ongoing negative health impacts inflicted upon children is serious and we must focus on driving good policies that tackle this massive social health issue.”
“The first step of leadership that the State Liberal Party could take is to finally declare that they have abandoned their current policy of accepting political donations from Big Tobacco.”
“The 31st of May is World No Tobacco Day and the Greens are calling on Jeremy Rockliff, to seize this opportunity to announce that the Liberals have Quit their current addiction to tobacco donations.”
Paul O’Halloran MP Greens Children’s spokesperson
24.05.12 1:05 pm
A Matter of Leadership
Thursday, 24 May 2012
The Tasmanian Greens today continued their campaign for an Apology to those Tasmanian women, children and families affected by forced adoption policies of the past, calling for Labor to formally commit to a State Parliamentary apology.
Greens Children’s spokesperson Paul O’Halloran MP said that Tasmania still needed to provide a clear in-principle commitment to issue an apology, and then engage with all stakeholders to consult on the appropriate wording of the apology.
Mr O’Halloran also said that the Senate Committee report into the Commonwealth Contribution to Forced Adoption Practices, which was released in February this year, recommended that state and territory governments issue formal statements of apology.
“This is a matter of leadership. Standing up and acknowledging wrongs made in the past is the responsible an appropriate example that should be set by Tasmania’s leaders,” Mr O’Halloran said.
“This should be an issue on which all three Parties stand up and present a unified position to address past wrongs. That is the sign of leadership so crucial for healing and allowing those affected to move forwards.”
“While the Greens acknowledge that all Members would be genuine in their personal belief that these wrongs should be righted, we urge both the Premier and the Health Minister to formally commit to a State Apology, and then undertake inclusive consultation to determine the content of that Apology.”
“No one has disputed the pain, trauma and ongoing hurt that was caused by these horrific forced adoption practices of the 1950, 60s and 70s right up until 1980.”
“The Greens have proposed an inclusive and tri-partite process to consult and develop the Apology and we urge Ms Giddings and Ms O’Byrne to take that opportunity on behalf of the Tasmanian community,” Mr O’Halloran said.
24.05.12 8:51 am
Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality
24.05.12 7:26 am
AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Thursday May 24th 2012
POLL: VOTERS SAY ABBOTT HAS TURNED HIS BACK ON LIBERAL’S FREE VOTE TRADITION
POLL: 61% OF AUSTRALIANS WANT MARRIAGE EQUALITY NOW
POSITIONS OF FEDERAL MPS REVEALED AND SHOW MANY STILL UNDECIDED
According to a national Galaxy poll released today 61% of Australians want same-sex marriage legislation passed in this term of government, while 73% believe the Coalition’s stance should be based on the its tradition of allowing conscience votes rather than on Tony Abbott’s opposition to the issue at the last election. Full poll report from Galaxy can be viewed here.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said,
“This poll shows Australians are ready for marriage equality now, and want parliament to get on with it so the nation can move on.”
“It also shows Australians believe Tony Abbott has turned his back on Coalition tradition in order to enforce his personal view on others.”
“This perception will cause disunity for Mr Abbott in the Coalition party room, and discredit him in the eyes of the electorate.”
“We don’t expect Mr Abbott to will change his personal opposition to reform, but making equality for gay Australians the one issue to re-define decades of Liberal Party tradition sets a dangerous precedent”.
This poll contradicts the views of those politicians who believe the issue should be deferred because Australians are not yet ready for marriage equality. It is also a direct challenge to Tony Abbott’s view that his personal opposition to marriage equality at the last election should bind all Coalition members.
Another poll by Galaxy Research, released at the weekend, showed 77% of Coalition voters support a Coalition conscience vote on allowing same-sex marriages (details here)
In anticipation of a vote on marriage equality in the second half of this year Australian Marriage Equality has launched a new website which includes information on the position of all MPs and Senators and which allows supporters of reform to send a letter directly to their local federal representatives.
“When we do the numbers what is clear is that the future of this reform lies in the hands of the large number of undecided and undeclared politicians and it is these politicians our lobbying efforts will target in the lead up to the vote”, Mr Greenwich said.
“I urge everyone who supports this issue to write to their federal politicians as a matter of urgency.”
AME’s analysis shows marriage equality has more supporters than opponents in the Senate but less in the House of Representatives. The website can be viewed here and the positions are summarised below:
Alderman Helen Burnet
23.05.12 8:32 am
Greens Hobart City Council Alderman Helen Burnet is hosting a really important workshop and forum on Tuesday June 5 at the Hobart Town Hall, called People Before Pokies, Hobart.
Says Helen Burnet:
“Please let as many people know about the event so that they can come along too.
Kim Booth, Andrew Wilkie and I will be joined by some special guests at the forum from 6-7:30pm. This follows 3 workshops running from 2-5pm on social issues, the economic effects of poker machine losses on communities, and public empowerment. All are invited to attend both the workshops and forum.
Personally, I would like to see pressure on the state government to introduce $1 bet limits, for local councils to have more say in where poker machines are in our communities (or preferably not there!), i want more people to be aware of the issues, and the silent voices heard.
Please spread the word and support this event!”
• Meanwhile AFL boss Andrew Demitriou has come out with a fantastic commitment to getting pokies out of AFL clubs. Well done!:
Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resource Quarterly
23.05.12 7:50 am
Excerpts from the 1Q 2012 issue of the Wood Resource Quarterly (http://www.woodprices.com)
The Global Conifer Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) declined in the 1Q/12 for the third consecutive quarter to $86.90/m3, down 2.7 percent from previous quarter.
the Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) fell by 0.4 percent from 4Q/11 to $1104.8/odmt, which was a continuation of a declining trend that started 3Q/11.
The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) was down 3.5 percent from 4Q/11 to US$109.67 and down seven percent since its all-time-high in 3Q/11.
During the first four months of 2012, hardwood pulp (BHKP) prices have increased faster than softwood pulp (NBSK) prices.
After a sharp decline in global demand for lumber in 2008 and 2009 as a result of the global recession, global trade of softwood lumber increased an estimated 25 percent over the past two years.
Lumber prices in the US and Canada have gone up most of this year, reaching their highest levels since early 2011.
Softwood lumber imports to China were up three percent in the 1Q/12 as compared to the 1Q/11
Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.
Pellet exports from North America to Europe reached a new record high in the 4Q/11.
Pellet prices in Germany, Austria and Sweden moved up slightly during the winter months
Download the full article can be found in the attached PDF file…..
Senator Stephen Parry
22.05.12 7:16 pm
Senator Stephen Parry
Deputy President of the Senate
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Saved jobs at TEMCO welcome news for Northern Tasmania
The announcement today that from 1 July BHP’s TEMCO plant at Bell Bay will reopen and reinstate all permanent employees is very welcome news for Northern Tasmania, Senator Stephen Parry said today.
“The George Town community was devastated when BHP suspended work at the plant in March to review its economic viability. So this news will understandable bring much relief to the community and in particular to those workers and their families directly involved.
“The plant, which employees 330 permanent staff and also provides employment for many more contractors, is very important to Northern Tasmania and I welcome the comments made by BHP’s Manganese Australia president Bryan Quinn that changes made during the review should allow TEMCO to return to a globally competitive position”, he said.
“The next dose of good news for the region and State would be confirmation that the pulp-mill will go ahead, creating further jobs and increasing economic prosperity,” Senator Parry concluded.
22.05.12 6:57 pm
22 May 2012
Media Statement – Board
Chairman of the TCCI, Andrew Heap, has announced that Mel Kerrison has
resigned as a member of the TCCI Board.
Mr Heap said at last week’s meeting the Board agreed to move forward with
weekly meetings and all Board members were asked to consider whether or not
they had the time to commit to the organisation.
“Today I informed the Board that due to a decision to not re-nominate for the Board
at the upcoming elections and the added time commitments required by travelling
to Hobart on a weekly basis Ms Kerrison had tendered her resignation,” Mr Heap
“I would like pay tribute to Ms Kerrison, who joined the Board as a skilled based
director and will be sorely missed.”
Mr Heap said he anticipated in the coming weeks filling the recent Board
Senator Richard Colbeck
22.05.12 5:13 pm
Tuesday May 8, 2012
TLST WELCOMES TEMCO RE-OPENING BUT WARNS OF MORE PAIN TO COME
The Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team has welcomed the announcement from BHP Billiton that it is re-opening its Temco smelter at Bell Bay, but says it is regrettable that jobs will be lost in the process.
“While we acknowledge the high Australian dollar is putting business under great pressure, there’s no denying that the looming Carbon Tax will add additional cost strain, dampen productivity, deter investment and reduce competitiveness,” Senator Richard Colbeck said.
“Come July 1, the Federal Government is giving Australia the biggest Carbon Tax in the world which will drive up electricity prices, transport costs and increase manufacturing expenses.”
This is what is confronting the nation in just a few short weeks’ time because the Prime Minister wasn’t prepared to stand up to the Greens and broke a promise she made to the Australian public.
“Like households, companies are trying to prepare for this looming tax which will cascade through the economy, destroying industries and costing jobs,” Senator David Bushby said.
And it’s only going to get worse with Budget papers confirming that despite falling international prices, the Carbon Tax will go up to $29 a tonne in three years.
“It is heartening to see that BHP Billiton has been able to avoid a complete closure, albeit with the unfortunate loss of some jobs, but not every company will be able to find enough savings to deal with the flow on costs associated with this toxic tax which is being thrust upon manufacturers trying to deal with the high Australian dollar,” Senator Bushby said.
Jennifer Rowallan, Biodiversity Campaigner Tasmanian Conservation Trust
22.05.12 1:56 pm
22 May 2012
Mt Wellington public forum tonight: Tuesday 22 May at 7.00pm, Baha’i Centre of Learning for Tasmania
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust is holding a public forum tonight to discuss the natural values of Mt Wellington and why significant development (including a cable car) should not be permitted at the pinnacle or any other sensitive areas of Wellington Park.
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust has a long association with Wellington Park starting back in the late 1960’s when the TCT began lobbying for a management plan for the area. The TCT’s early draft management plan was co-opted by the Hobart City Council and resulted in the establishment of the East Wellington Range Management Committee in the 1970s to finalise a Mountain Park management plan.
The TCT’s Biodiversity Campaigner, and event organiser, Ms Jennifer Rowallan, stated that ‘Again in the 1990s the TCT was integral in lobbying for the establishment of the current Wellington Park Management Trust. During this time and to date, the TCT has strongly opposed proposals of a cable car to Mt Wellington, a debate which has been a recurring issue since 1905’.
‘Since 1905, the cable car idea has been revived over half a dozen times and each time it has been rejected by the general public’, said Ms Rowallan
One of the reasons the TCT has initiated this public meeting is to build interest in the ongoing review of the Wellington Park Management Plan.
‘The Wellington Park Management Trust released a discussion paper for public comment at the end of 2011 and we expect a draft management plan to be released in June this year.
‘Public comments to the draft plan are the most significant way in which people can influence the future management of Wellington Park and we hope to engender enough interest in people to make submissions.
‘We are encouraged by the comments received on the 2011 discussion paper which generally support retention of the status quo in terms of development on and access to Mount Wellington’, said Ms Rowallan.
Responses to the discussion paper (as summarised on the Wellington Park Management Trust web site) found that:
- 63.4% of people either strongly approve or approve of maintaining the prohibition of commercial development outside of the Springs.
- 56.8% strongly disapprove or disapprove of allowing for consideration of alternative forms of transport to the pinnacle plus associated commercial development. A range of options from a cable car to mini buses and 4- wheel drives during and following heavy snow falls were considered.
- 83.3% either strongly approve or approve of maintaining the existing snow management access approach.
The public forum will be held on Tuesday 22 May at the Baha’i Centre of Learning for Tasmania from 7pm. This event is open to all interested individuals.
The evening will be chaired by Margaret Steadman. Guest speakers include Geoff Law, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Peter McGlone, and local Fern Tree business owner Matt Kruse. A question and answer forum will follow the speakers’ session.
Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality
22.05.12 1:33 pm
AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
MEDIA RELEASE: 21/05/2012
ADVOCATES REJECT ABETZ CLAIM THAT GAY MARRIAGE WILL LEAD TO POLYGAMY
BOB KATTER’S “POLITICAL MISTAKE” SENDS WARNING THAT ALARMISM IS A VOTE LOSER
Marriage equality advocates say there is no link between their push for same-sex marriage and the recognition of multiple partner relationships such as polygamous and polyamorous relationships.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich said,
“Gay and lesbian Australians seek to marry to be part of the traditional institution, not to change it to something else.”
“In none of the countries where same-sex couples are allowed to marry have multiple marriages subsequently been recognised.”
“The time-honoured definition of a marriage as the exclusive union of two people has the support of Australian Marriage Equality as well as those gay and lesbian Australians who seek to marry.”
In today’s edition of the Australian newspaper Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said,
“the logical conclusion (of allowing same-sex marriages) is the complete deconstruction of the institution that is marriage”.
He said it would lead to demands for menages a trois and other combinations to gain the status of legal matrimony, he said, thus endangering “the security of the next generation”.
Mr Greenwich said Australians reject the kind of alarmism perpetrated by opponents of marriage equality like Mr Abetz, citing Bob Katter’s recent acknowledgement that his Party’s anti-gay marriage ad backfired at the Queensland state election.
“Mr Katter’s acknowledgement that the alarmist anti-gay marriage campaign ran by his Australia Party at the Queensland election cost them around 7% of the vote and 15 seats, sends a clear message to people like Senator Abetz that scaremongering will only damage the Liberal Party.”
Mr Greenwich said marriage is about love but also about respecting the fundamental understanding of marriage as a committed two-person union, as shared by the overwhelming majority of Australians.
“Nearly 200,000 Australians made contributions to the recent same-sex marriage inquiries in support of the issue, and virtually all of them want to retain marriage as a two-person union.”
For Senator Abetz statement go to:
For Bob Katter’s statement go to:
Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety
22.05.12 1:26 pm
Senator Catryna Bilyk
Labor Senator for Tasmania
Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety
Senator Bilyk welcomes Public Library Membership Drive
Senator Catryna Bilyk today welcomed the Public Library Membership Drive, launched by Arts Minister Simon Crean as part of the National Year of Reading 2012.
Senator Bilyk called on all Tasmanians to join or reconnect with their local public library, now part of LINC Tasmania.
“Almost half of all Australians are members of public libraries, but there is still more work to be done to increase access and participation,” Senator Bilyk said.
“That’s why I am pleased that Minister Crean has announced the start of Library and Information Week, the launch of the National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive.”
Senator Bilyk said the Labor Government had invested heavily in public libraries to ensure all Australians, regardless of where they live, were able to appreciate the joy of reading.
“Through the Building the Education Revolution program, we have invested more than $3.6 billion to build or refurbish nearly 3,000 libraries in schools across Australia,” Senator Bilyk said.
“We have also provided more than $66 million to upgrade and expand library facilities, invested in literacy programs in schools and workplaces, and have provided more than $1.3 million to support the National Year of Reading campaign.”
“We are also rolling out high speed broadband through the National Broadband Network, which will be a great enabler for the information services of public libraries.”
As part of the Public Library Membership Drive, a new app has been launched to help connect members of the community with their local library.
“The Love2Read library app is free to download and will enable people to locate and interact with their nearest library,” Senator Bilyk said.
The National Year of Reading Public Library Membership Drive runs until 25 August 2012. For more information visit http://www.love2read.org.au.
22.05.12 1:09 pm
Hobart oceanographer Dr Steve Rintoul has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica (http://www.museprize.org) for his outstanding research on the Southern Ocean.
A scientist at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre and CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Research Flagship, Dr Rintoul has been studying the Southern Ocean and its influence on climate for the past 25 years.
The Muse Prize is awarded to an individual in the fields of Antarctic science or policy who has demonstrated potential for sustained and significant contributions that will enhance the understanding and/or preservation of Antarctica.
Dr Rintoul said he was honoured to be awarded the Muse Prize. “It’s a tremendous honour to be recognised in this way. I feel very lucky to have made a career out of travelling to such a remarkable place and working with great people to figure out how this important region works.
“Hobart is one of the few places in the world where I could have done my research. As home to the CSIRO, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, the Australian Antarctic Division, the University of Tasmania, and Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System, Hobart brings together a remarkable collection of people and resources for Southern Ocean research,” he said.
Dr Rintoul, a driver behind the recently-established Southern Ocean Observing System based at the University of Tasmania, was recognised by the Muse Prize committee for the contribution of his research to a new understanding of the structure, dynamics and variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the largest ocean current on Earth. He had also shown how the Southern Ocean circulation links the shallow and deep layers of the ocean to form a global network of ocean currents that strongly influences climate patterns. His research has provided new insights into the nature, causes and consequences of Southern Ocean change.
Dr Rintoul will be awarded the Prize and deliver the Muse Prize Lecture at the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Open Science Conference in Portland, Oregon in July.
22.05.12 12:03 pm
Tasmanian businesses and individuals are being urged to get involved in 2012 WorkSafe Tasmania Month to help
spread vital work health and safety messages to the Tasmanian community, with registrations to hold an event
WorkSafe Tasmania campaign spokesperson Kevin Harkins said people can register to hold a work health and safety
focussed event at one of the free venues across the State during the Month.
“Alternatively, organisations can run an event at their own venue on any day during the Month, and present on a
health and safety topic of their choice,” Mr Harkins said.
“Holding an event during the Month has the potential to showcase your business as a work health and safety leader
in Tasmania and can have positive impacts on profile, retention and recruitment.
“WorkSafe Tasmania Month runs from 1 October – 2 November 2012 and aims to get everyone talking about, and
acting on work health and safety issues.
“By participating in the Month and sharing their knowledge, businesses will also be taking positive steps to help
others avoid becoming a health and safety injury statistic.
“Events registered to date include practical workshops on the introduction of the new model Work Health and Safety
Act to be introduced in 2013 and seminars on safety obligations for sub contractors. Events will also be presented by
Injury Prevention and Management, Unions Tasmania, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the
Safety Institute of Australia.”
People can register to hold an event at any one of the free venues around the State on the following topics:
• Health, wellbeing and exercise
• Injury management and return-to-work
• New and young workers
• Stress and fatigue management
• Bullying and harassment
• Industry specific issues, such as asbestos
• WHS law and policy.
For more information about WorkSafe Month 2012 or to register your event, visit http://www.worksafe.tas.gov.au, call the
Helpline on 1300 366 322 or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook/worksafetasmania.com.
Registrations to hold an event during the Month must be submitted by 29 June 2012.
Jennifer Rowallan, Biodiversity Campaigner Tasmanian Conservation Trust Inc
20.05.12 6:30 pm
20 May 2012
Mt Wellington public forum: Tuesday 22 May at 7.00pm, Baha’i Centre of Learning for Tasmania
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust is holding a public forumto discuss the natural values of Mt Wellington and why significant development(including a cable car) should not be permitted at the pinnacle or any othersensitive areas of WellingtonPark.
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust has a long association with WellingtonParkstarting back in the late 1960’s when the TCT began lobbying for a managementplan for the area. The TCT’searly draft management plan was co-opted by the Hobart City Council andresulted in the establishment of the East Wellington Range Management Committeein the 1970s to finalisea MountainParkmanagement plan.
The TCT’s Biodiversity Campaigner, and event organiser, Ms Jennifer Rowallan, stated that‘Again in the 1990s the TCT was integral in lobbying for the establishment ofthe current Wellington Park Management Trust. During this time and to date, theTCT has strongly opposed proposals of a cable car to Mt Wellington, a debatewhich has been a recurring issue since 1905’.
‘Since 1905, the cable car idea has been revived over half a dozen times andeach time it has been rejected by the general public’, said Ms Rowallan
One of the reasons the TCT has initiated this public meeting is to buildinterest in the ongoing review of the Wellington Park Management Plan.
‘The Wellington Park Management Trust released a discussion paper for publiccomment at the end of 2011 and we expect a draft management plan to be releasedin June this year.
‘Public comments to the draft plan are the most significant way in which peoplecan influence the future management of Wellington Park and we hope to engenderenough interest in people to make submissions.
‘We are encouraged by the comments received on the 2011 discussion paper whichgenerally support retention of the status quo in terms of development on andaccess to Mount Wellington’, said Ms Rowallan.
Responses to the discussion paper (as summarised on the Wellington ParkManagement Trust web site) found that:
- 63.4% of people either strongly approve or approve of maintaining theprohibition of commercial development outside of the Springs.
- 56.8% strongly disapprove or disapprove of allowing for consideration ofalternative forms of transport to the pinnacle plus associated commercialdevelopment. A range of options from a cable car to mini buses and 4- wheeldrives during and following heavy snow falls were considered.
- 83.3% either strongly approve or approve of maintaining the existing snowmanagement access approach.
The public forum will be held on Tuesday 22 May at the Baha’i Centre ofLearning for Tasmaniafrom 7pm.This event is open to all interested individuals.
The evening will be chaired by Margaret Steadman. Guest speakers include GeoffLaw, Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, Peter McGlone, and local Fern Tree businessowner Matt Kruse. A question and answer forum will follow the speakers’session.
Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Denison
20.05.12 2:07 pm
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, (today visited) the Cadbury Sportsground at Claremont – site of the latest community battle against a proposed phone tower.
There he’ll meet local residents concerned that a 35m Telstra mobile phone tower is proposed within less than 500m of a children’s sports ground, houses, a retirement village, an aged-care home and the iconic Cadbury chocolate factory.
``What’s happening here at Claremont is an all too familiar story being repeated in suburbs across Australia,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
``A phone tower is proposed in a sensitive location and the local community feels ignored by planning authorities and is left to wage a David and Goliath battle hatched from around kitchen tables.
``We’ve seen it happen in Taroona and Sandy Bay, and now here we go again in Claremont.
``For too long the regulatory regime has been skewed in favour of the telcos and there is an urgent need for legislation to restore the balance.”
Mr Wilkie said the experience in Claremont highlighted the need for Federal Parliament to pass his Private Members Bill that would give communities a greater say on the location of mobile phone and NBN towers.
``This is a problem that is not going away and the current legislation is clearly failing communities,’’ he said.
Mr Wilkie tabled a Private Member’s Bill in September which would see stronger regulations on the placement and design of new towers, improved community consultation requirements and provide an avenue for community members to appeal new tower developments where genuine concerns exist.
Mr Wilkie’s Bill was rejected by a Parliamentary Committee which surprisingly didn’t call community witnesses at its hearings, preferring instead to only hear from the telcos and other tower proponents.
But this is not the end of the matter because Mr Wilkie’s Bill is still to be voted on in Parliament.
Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality
20.05.12 2:10 am
AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Sunday 20th May 2012
Poll shows Marriage Equality free vote is a “smart move” for Abbott
Threat to QLD civil unions shows need for marriage equality
Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a new Galaxy poll published in the Sunday Herald Sun today showing 77% of Coalition voters want the party to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, and say it would be a “smart move” if Tony Abbott allowed one.
The Galaxy poll also showed a majority of Australian in favour of marriage equality, with only a third of voters against the reform. (Report here)
Alex Greenwich, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, said a conscience vote was a smart move for Tony Abbott.
“By allowing a conscience vote, Tony Abbott will represent the wishes of Coalition voters, prevent disunity in Coalition ranks, and be seen as upholding Coalition values of individual freedom.
“It would be a smart move for Tony Abbott to allow Coalition MPs a conscience vote on marriage equality.”
Mr Greenwich said that this is the first time in the party’s history that Liberal MPs have not been granted a conscience vote on a substantive policy issue when Labor MPs were granted one.
“The Liberal Party prides itself on allowing more freedom to their MPs than the Labor Party does, but on this issue Tony Abbott is turning his back on party tradition and liberal values.”
Mr Greenwich dismissed the argument that allowing a conscience vote would amount to a broken promise.
“Mr Abbott may have opposed marriage equality during the election campaign, but he did not rule out a conscience vote,” Mr Greenwich said.
Coalition figures who reportedly support a conscience vote include Joe Hockey, George Brandis, Christopher Pyne, Greg Hunt, Senator Nigel Scullion, Malcolm Turnbull, Barry O’Farrell, Simon Birmingham, Barnaby Joyce, Russell Broadbent, and former Howard Government minister, Amanda Vanstone. (Report here).
Threat to QLD civil unions shows need for marriage equality
Mr Greenwich went on to say that threats to Queensland’s Civil Partnerships Act from the state’s new LNP government show why marriage equality is so important.
“It is untenable for states to be granting recognition and then taking it away a few months later.”
“The solution is marriage equality under nationally law so that all loving committed couples have equal rights and recognition.”
For more information contact Alex Greenwich on 0421 316 335.
For the Courier Mail article on Queensland civil partnerships, go to:
Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member of Denison
19.05.12 9:06 am
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has welcomed the Federal Government providing $4m to build a new multi-purpose Moonah Arts and Community Centre.
``I presented this proposal to the Prime Minister in mid-March and I’m pleased that she and her government have seen the merits of this exciting project,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
``The new centre will be a wonderful addition to the northern suburb’s growing arts scene that already boasts MONA and the Glenorchy Arts and Sculpture Park, and will also double as a meeting space for the community.’’
Mr Wilkie said the announcement follows the Federal Government’s commitment in February of $8.7m for the redevelopment of KGV at Glenorchy and the two projects would deliver a welcome $12.7m boost for the local economy.
``Along with the rebuilding of the Royal Hobart Hospital, these two projects will mean a construction boom in the electorate of Denison and provide jobs just when we need them most,’’ he said. ``More people will be in work and their wages will flow into the local community and local businesses which are struggling to keep their doors open in these tough economic times.’’
Mr Wilkie said the KGV and Moonah Arts and Community Centre funding announcements went some way to redress the decades of neglect successive Federal Governments have shown Denison, writing the electorate off as a safe Labor seat.
``It’s not before time that Denison is getting the attention and funding it deserves,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
The Moonah Arts Centre has been running for 20 years and has been so popular with the community it has outgrown its home in the original heritage-listed Moonah Library.
The $4m announced today will go to the Glenorchy City Council and all of the money will be transferred before the end of next month.
The new centre will include multi-purpose community and performance spaces, exhibition areas and a workshop, meeting rooms and kitchen.
``Like the redeveloped KGV sports and community precinct, the Moonah Arts and Community Centre will be a relaxed, family-friendly place for the community to meet,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
Planning Institue Australia
18.05.12 5:20 pm
A rollout of funding from the Federal Government’s $20 million Liveable Cities program has
been applauded by the planning industry.
The Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) says the announcement of funding for seventeen
different projects across Australia is a welcome start to a program aimed at creating better
PIA President Dyan Currie described the Federal backing of the various planning projects as
excellent, and is calling on the Government to make such programs ongoing.
“The real value of good planning will be evident if these projects are not just funded but
evaluated in the medium and long term as well,” Ms Currie said.
“If projects are correctly assessed for how well they achieve desired outcomes on a number of
levels, both the community and the Government will be able to make clear judgements.
“Funding for programs that give us healthy places and spaces, more resilient communities
and more efficient and effective movement of people and goods should be an ongoing
In a series of announcements from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport in recent
days, the Federal Government is backing planning projects around Australia with funding
ranging from $30,000 to $500,000.
Among the contributions is $400,000 towards a redevelopment blueprint for Melbourne’s
Southbank, $320,000 towards a transport project in Launceston, $500,000 to the ACT
Government for a major planning project for the city’s CBD and $250,000 towards the Darwin
Ms Currie said all the projects being funded through the Liveable Cities program support the
principles of good planning and better urban design.
“It’s pleasing to see a Federal Government support good planning in this way consistent with
the national urban design protocol which is commitment to best practice urban design in
Australia,” Ms Currie said.
The National Urban Design Protocol called Creating Places for People was the result of two
years of collaboration between peak community and industry organisations, States and
Territories, Local Governments, and the Australian Government.
“Modern planning is about creating healthier places to live. PIA has collaborated with the
National Heart Foundation and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) to
produce a national guide to creating communities that promote healthy living.
“Good planning is about creating spaces and streets that are aesthetically pleasing and safe
with adequate lighting at night.
“Shops, restaurants and offices should be easily accessed by pedestrians and people are
more inclined to walk to their destination if the proper layout is provided. Good street
connectivity, mixed density and land use are all associated with activity such as walking or
“PIA applauds the Federal funding roll out and we would like to see programs such as this a
fundamental part of creating better communities as our cities grow.”