Here is my response to the two questions that were not answered at the meeting:

Carbon emission reduction: Council has just adopted a policy of Council’s own operations to be carbon neutral by 2020. To achieve this we will be replacing BBQ’s, having a green fuel program for our own fleet, putting solar water heating in our tourist parks, ensuring that all new council buildings are operating at the highest levels of energy efficiency, installing environmental air conditioning at Evandale, purchasing offsets for Council travel, and having a solar pools project. Council previously was working toward a Cities for Climate Protection goal of 20% reduction in our own operations by 2012. We may not make this target by 2012, but will be on track to make the carbon neutral target by 2020.


For the city as a whole our current goal is a 10% reduction per person by 2012 (This is the Cities for Climate Protection goal that was entered into in around 1998 and we are on target with their timetable, but may not make the 2012 10% reduction if we don’t get cracking as we are less than ½ way there!) . This overall goal is to be achieved by public transport, water saving, co generation and a whole raft of other initiatives.
The Bold Future advisory committee is also considering this issue and will be making recommendations soon to Council. We will probably be looking at the 60% reduction by 2050 and for the city to find ways to achieve this goal. I sit on this advisory committee and am keen to see this achieved.

Arts policy:
I am and have been a strong advocate for arts in Division 14, having initiated a study (currently underway) to have an arts trail to build up the arts businesses and public art throughout our city somewhat like the food and wine trail. As well I am a strong supporter, through division 14 financial assistance, to many festivals – Wintersun, Swell, In the Bin, Woodford Theatre Co, etc. The annual sculpture acquisition prize for Swell of $20 000 is funded by division 14 funding. Currently investigating the restoration of the “Man on the Bike” sculpture at Tallebudgera cross roads, with divisional funding assistance as well as establishing an “arts space” on Kirra Hill in the Special School buildings to be restored for community purposes.

Regards,
Chris Robbins

 

 

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