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Commentary on Australia’s Future for Renewable Energy

This is a commentary on renewable energies future by David Holland
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Habitat Centre for Renewable Energy

Executive Summary

This is a discussion paper about renewable energy and how Australia is placed to act on reforms to improve the uptake of renewable energy. The paper also comments on a series of letters sent to Federal Government Members and Ministers from 2006 to 2010.

The commentaries on the letters add additional information not given in these letters to the federal government. This additional information has been added with a contemporary nature relating to the year 2010.

This discussion paper has within its appendix list the actual letters sent to the federal government. In addition it has the two replies from two federal departments received from the final letter written in 2009. These letters are from the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport.

These replies outline some interesting plans for the direction of the then Rudd government and actions containing exciting programs underway. The…

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The Blossom Bandit

One of our members has painted in water-colour the local rainbow lorikeet.

These birds take advantage of the prodigious blossoms available on the Central Coast and in particular in the northern parts of the Wyong Shire where many of this artists work is derived.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Painting by Margaret O’Toole


New Book on iTunes from the Habitat Association stable

After seven years of work, finally this book has made its way to a world-wide audience. Over two years to put together the first edition that began in 2006. Through the latter part of 2008 it went through an editing process, with two editors. Much of the book was reworded over that time. Then in late 2008 a paperback edition was printed as a first edition.

As many authors, I realised that the book was not as it could be. Also some of the early paperback copies were sent out to varies people to get feedback. You have to have a conviction and somewhat of a thick skin when receiving helpful criticism.

Armed with some of this information, and over the next 4 years, I set about revising chapters. Due to one comment I set about writing a completely new chapter to explain some of my findings  more clearly. At least two chapters were reordered and rewritten to get an energy at the end of the chapter instead of in the middle which seemed to give a flat feeling when reading the end of the chapter.

The rewriting process for this 2nd edition was done in amongst a lot of other work that can be found on the Habitat Association blog site and other Habitat associated sites such as the Habitat town planning forum and Habitat Centre for arts. A full list of these sites are on the right hand side of this blog page.

This book is a supported by the Habitat Association because it is a publishing project and falls within the wide scope of the Association. It is a Theological subject, which relates to social/cultural fabrics of societies.

The name of the book now on iTunes is:

Will the Real Melchizedek Please Step forward

It is a Bible Study of the early characters in the Bible.

It can be found under a search under iBooks or iTunes under the title or the author “David Holland”

The publishing of this book has been a learning curve for the Habitat Association members as it is impossible for Australians to self publish either on iTunes or Kindle due to tax laws in the United States of America.

We have overcome this to publish on iTunes. However, we have not been able to solve this for Kindle as yet.

The book has been formated as a eBook on ibook author. This package allow for a wide variety of subroutine widgets to be imbedded in you ebook. This makes it a much more powerful platform for an ebook. IBook Author is a free APP on the Apple App store and runs on Apple computer only. (It does not run of iPads or iPhones.)

This book now published on iTunes is only able to be read on Apple iPad, or iPhone.

So look it up if you have one of these iPad or iPhone devices.

If you haven’t, you will have to wait until we solve the Kindle problem.

There is a couple of chapters on one of the Habitat Associated sites though so follow the link and have a read.

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David Holland


Impressions Collection






Visions of Inner Sydney

On an excursion to Roselle in the early spring, one could not have experienced such a bright and crisp day. In this impressions collection, Dr. Ray has found many examples of early 20th century urban living in the inner Sydney suburbs.




These vistas have created a picturesque environment in the 21st century through mature trees and bushes presenting a fairyland, giving a bright yet soft impression of the Sydney suburbs.




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Sea Level Rise and how to manage coastal land already developed



In the late 1990’s I recognised that climate change was a real threat to our coastal environs. With wilder weather events predicted under climate change our coastal dunes were vulnerable. Our settlements and streets were also vulnerable to these wilder storms. Now with the reality of sea level rise caused by the ocean’s expansion and the melting of kilometers thick ice on the polar land masses, Australians living on the coast need to be concerned how government is going to plan for our future with regard to land management and risk mitigation related to property values and our wealth accumulated in these coastal properties. This paper discusses these issues.

By David Holland


Short cut to Paper: Planning for Climate Change in the Coastal Regions of New South Wales

Habitat Town Planning Forum


Newcastle forshore

By David Holland

The Risk Model, as described in the following paper,  is an approach for local councils in NSW to plan for future climate change induced sea level rise in an equitable and proactive way.

It allows local government to approve developments that are under the maximum State Government of NSW benchmarks set at 900mm over the present flood levels while at the same time reduces risks to litigation due to damage of properties from climate change brought by property owners who’s developments are below this maximum standard set by the State Government. (Often a maximum standard set by State Governments become a minimum standard for local government due to the threat of litigation by land owners.)

This standard has become an enormous problem to land owners in at risk locations along the coast of New South Wales. In recent times insurance policy premiums have skyrocketed. Land…

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Transport for NSW Long Term Master Plan – Submission on Discussion Paper

As an advocate for both adaptive thinking and the Environment the Habitat Association for Arts and Environment has included the latest publication by one of its members, David Holland, on transport planning for New South Wales.

For those who are surfing the web from outside of Australia, New South Wales is arguably the most populous State in Australia and has a large economy in Australian terms.

This means that transport planning in New South Wales (NSW) is pivotal to the future success of that economy and the we being of the residents and workers of the State.

We may even go as far as to say that without a solid strategy for the future and new co-operation between the various transport agencies, NSW is poised to produce more transport bottleneck which will affect the states future prosperity. The submission outline three themes that Mr. Holland feels are important for the way forward. They are sustainability, security and reliability.

The submission not only looks at very practical aspects of providing a sustainable public transport system, but also sustainable ways to operate transport systems into the future. This is highlighted in the approach related to handling freight. The submission proposes a logical but revolutional way to handle freight service between regions and between other Australian States.

The use of renewable energy in the rail system is touched on as a way for the State to meet renewable energy targets.

The Central Coast of NSW is referred to in much of the submission. David believes that regional Australia is often left out of detailed transport planning processes because of the assumption that all commuting, as has been traditionally the case, is flowing to and from the Sydney metropolitan areas. With the slow but steady improvement of job opportunities in the regions, more and more commuting is being done intra-regionally. This means that public transport services should not only accommodate this trend but transport planning should drive this trend, providing appropriate infrastructure to give greater opportunity for regional investment in the growing regional economic powerhouses of the Illawarra, the Central Coast, the far west of Sydney around Penrith and the Blue Mountains, and the south west of Sydney around Campbelltown.

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