Friday, 31 October 2014

Lighter Footprints Forum Wed November 12, Hawthorn Town Hall

What: Lighter Footprints public forum: “Does Government Matter?
Out of Step or Stepping up on Climate Action”

Where: Hawthorn Town Hall
360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn

When: 6:30 for 7:00pm, Wednesday November 12

Professor Peter Newman AO – Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University
Lucy Manne – Co-Director, Aust. Youth Climate Coalition; Young Environmentalist of Year
Geoff Lawler – Director, Planning & Infrastructure, City of Melbourne
Caroline de Coutuer –Exec Director, Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

China is now leading the world in the ‘decarbonising’ of its economy, a major environmental community forum will hear.

Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and internationally renowned speaker, will outline to the Forum that decarbonising the economy has been difficult over the past 20 years as support was needed from government to remain viable.

However, Professor Newman argues that renewable energy scale and developments in resource efficiency, green building, battery storage, electric vehicles and sustainable transport means the landscape has changed significantly.  The result is that coal and oil are peaking in their consumption and are decoupling from growth in GDP, particularly in China.

In the lead-up to the 2014 Victorian State Election, the Forum will pose the question of “Do Government’s Really Matter?: stepping up or out of step on climate action” and hear from a range of speakers presenting different perspectives on the topic.

Current candidates in the seats of Hawthorn, Box Hill, Burwood and Kew have been invited to respond to the panel and to meet with their voters in break-out  groups. All ALP and Greens candidates will be there, but no Liberal candidate has accepted the invitation. 

Lighter Footprints is a volunteer community action group which advocates for strong action on climate change by the community, business and all levels of Government.
The Group meets monthly and welcomes new members.  Visit:

For organizational and catering purposes registration would be greatly appreciated.  Please register here

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Public Forum prior to 2014 State Election
“Does Government Matter? Out of step, or stepping up on
Climate Action?”
Are our governments and major parties up to our greatest challenge, or are they being left behind as the world moves to address global warming?
The Panel will discuss what climate action looks like globally and locally, and will answer your questions.

Prof Peter Newman AO
Director CUSP, Curtin University
Ms Caroline Le Couteur
Executive Director Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
Mr Geoff Lawler
City Planning and Infrastructure City of Melbourne

Ms Lucy Manne
Co-Director Australian Youth Climate Coalition

MC  - Mary Crooks 
Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust

State election candidates from Hawthorn, Kew, Box Hill and Burwood have been invited to comment and meet with you.

6.30pm for 7.00pm start Wednesday 12 November
Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall), 360 Burwood Road Hawthorn
Entry by donation, refreshments provided
RSVP preferred - Eventbrite on
or or 0411 115 186

Register here -

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Forum November 12 - Panel members

1. Professor Peter Newman - Curtin University

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of CUSP. His books include ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013), ‘Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change’(2009), ‘Green Urbanism Down Under’ (2009) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' with Jeff Kenworthy which was launched in the White House in 1999. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of Western Australia’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning and transport issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. Peter was on the Board of Infrastructure Australia 2008-14 and was a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2011 Peter was awarded the Sidney Luker medal by the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for his contribution to the science and practice of town planning in Australia and in 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system. He was an elected Fremantle City Councillor from 1976-80 where he still lives.

2. Geoff Lawler - City of Melbourne

Geoff Lawler
Director City Planning and Infrastructure
City of Melbourne

Bachelor Architecture (Hons) University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma Public Policy & Management, Monash University
Graduate Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
Associate Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Affiliate Planning Institute of Australia

Geoff is one of 5 Directors reporting to the Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. As such he is a member of the City of Melbourne’s Corporate Management Team and is responsible for the performance of the City Planning and Infrastructure Division. The Division’s purpose is to:

  • advise the Council on city planning for the sustainable development of Melbourne through research, policy development and planning. It does this in consultation and partnership with other Divisions of the City of Melbourne
  • devise, monitor and deliver strategies and programs both independently and in partnership with other Divisions of the City of Melbourne to reduce the ecological footprint of Melbourne;
  • sustainably manage the Council's infrastructure assets in the City;
  • manage the equitable allocation of parking and ensure street compliance for the Council; and
  • administer regulations designed to develop, improve and, where necessary, protect the amenity of the City for all residents, businesses and visitors.

Geoff joined the City of Melbourne in 1996 after 17 years working for the Victorian Public Service in a variety of heritage and urban planning roles.

3.Lucy Manne 
Co Director AYCC

Lucy is AYCC’s National Co-Director. Lucy began volunteering for the AYCC in 2009, and was part of the Australian Youth Delegation to the UN climate conferences in both Copenhagen and Cancun. She has worked for the Bureau of Meteorology's Pacific Climate Change Science Project, and in 2012 moved to New Hampshire in 2012 to work as New Media Director on a competitive Democratic campaign for Congress – which won! In 2013 Lucy and Co-Director Kirsty received the Prime Minister's Young Environmentalist of the Year Award.

4. Caroline le Couteur
Exec Director ACCR

Caroline Le Couteur is the executive director of Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, an NGO that seeks to empower shareholders for a more sustainable future. Prior to that she was a member of ACT Legislative Assembly and an executive director of the funds management and superannuation company, Australian Ethical Investment. 

Please RSVP here

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Wednesday October 29 - Lighter Footprints General Meeting

"State Government election

  Climate Change and Sustainability Policies"

Wednesday 29th October
7 for 7.30 pm
Guide Hall - 1 Faversham Rd 

Candidates from local lower house seats will speak about their policies, 
and discuss these with the audience.

Everyone welcome 
Food and drinks available 
Gold coin donation. 

More Information 0411 115 186

Scroll down for Registration for Nov 12 Forum.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Wednesday 12 November at 7.00 pm
Hawthorn Arts Centre (formerly Town Hall)
360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn


 Climate Change - the good news!
Where is Victoria headed in building a green economy, and does Government really matter? 

Come and join a range of experts in a Q&A format to discuss climate change, sustainability, resilience, city planning, renewable energy and the environment
- and assess where we are headed in Victoria.

Local candidates from Kew, Hawthorn, Burwood and Box Hill, have also been invited to join us for the discussion.

Please RSVP here

More details about the panelists will be posted closer to the date.
Further information  0411 115 186