Friday, 03 October 2008 15:41
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The Community Alliance has consulted with individuals and groups who desire a better grassroots approach to sustainability; we have drawn on the advice and experience of many environmental experts and formulated policies that reflect the capacity and desires of local communities.
For real and lasting change we must start at the community level as neither technological nor legislative changes will be successful on their own. Throwing vast amounts of money at a sustainability issue like climate change is irresponsible unless the community is committed to achieving the desired outcome.
Some key points follow:
Planning: the context The Community Alliance will genuinely consult with communities and others to develop a long-term strategic plan for Canberra that is based on a vision for Canberra that has been developed with the entire community. Proposed future development of the ACT will be assessed on its economic and environmental sustainability and the extent to which it builds community cohesion.
Energy The Community Alliance will require that all future retail energy generation in the ACT comes from clean and renewable sources and will encourage businesses involved in environmentally friendly energy provision to come to the ACT. The Community Alliance will genuinely consult with communities and other stakeholders to develop an energy policy for the ACT that is based in the context of a long-term strategic plan.
Waste The Community Alliance will investigate the feasibility of introducing an organic waste recycling service, especially for residents without gardens, and encourage those with gardens to do their own composting. The Community Alliance will develop a program to assist ACT business to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill from that sector. The Community Alliance supports the strict enforcement of regulations on 'junk mail'.
Water The Community Alliance will halt the proposed water purification plant at the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre and the proposed desalination plant until there has been a satisfactory demonstration of the need, economic viability and safety for people and the environment. The Alliance will seek to ensure new developments install individual water meters for every household and business.
Contact: James Sizer; Roger Nicoll