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Risks and impacts on governments and the community when planning coal mining projects in urban growth areas

Habitat Town Planning Forum

Planning for population growth is one of the challenges Australia has to face to ensure a good socio-economic future. This means that mismanagement and errors due to bad planning will affect our prosperity both individually and as a nation.

Currently Australia is going through an increase in applications for mining operations. Some of the recent policy of State governments has been to embrace mining and exports to improve royalty revenues. In the face of climate change, Australian states are continuing to give approvals for mining operations to take advantage of carbon-based resources.

This paper will investigate how a population growth area and a coal mining application are in conflict on the Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW). It identifies a range of planning principals for urban growth areas and superimposes a real life proposal for a mining operation within the locality of the growth area on the Central Coast…

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The Habitat Association aims to encourage creative people

We are about mentoring the creative individual and encouraging them to put together quality products for publishing.

Our main aim is to publish and mentor in the arts and environment, and encourage adaptive thinking.

We provide a forum for people to share and publish their ideas and life’s experiences.

The Habitat Association is not an advocacy group, but provides forums for individuals and collaborative groups to mentor or be mentored by others and discuss issues. These discussions may be in the form of articles, papers, books, painting, poems or other forms of communication related to our environment, where we live, how we live, and individual’s life experiences.

Projects similar to the above are the activity of individuals but the following are the activities of the Association.

Publishing

The association encourages the publishing of individual or collaborative projects.

One of the avenues the Habitat Association uses to publish projects is the Habitat Association’s websites.

Projects that have been published on the website include:

  • book samples,
  • short stories,
  • articles, poems,
  • paintings,
  • photographic themes related to place
  • academic papers.

The association is not limited to the creative projects currently published on the website.

The Habitat Association is continually exploring new ways to publish finished works by individuals and collaborative groups.

All work published under the auspices of the Habitat Association must meet the publishing standards of the Association.

Mentoring

Mentoring requires a relationship between people. It requires a transfer of knowledge and experience. Both our directors and participants in the activities of the Habitat Association have considerable life experiences. As the organization grows this experience will grow and ad value to our mentoring capability.

The association encourages people to come together to talk and write about their experiences. It is part of the Habitat Association’s culture to encourage participants to tell their stories by putting their thoughts and ideas in the written form. For the more visually inclined we encourage participants to put their thoughts, ideas and concepts into pictures, paintings, sculptures, crafts or into a photographic form.

The Arts

So what do we mean by ‘the Arts’?

The Association understands “the arts” to mean, any creative process that produces a product that can be enjoyed by humanity.

The association does not limit the artistic expression except through its publishing standards.

Environment

So what do we mean by the environment?

The association takes a wider view of the environment than the modern understanding of the word environment. We recognize that our environment is the places where we live .

Adaptive thinking

The association’s overarching aim is to encourage adaptive thinking. The object is to find new and creative ways to approach issues, problems and challenges.

Interested persons can view many of the finished projects on our websites including:

  1. www.habitatassociation.com.au
  2. www.habitatcentreforarts.com.au 

The Association also uses the web platform WordPress. Other habitat sites include:

  1. www.habitattownplanningforum.wordpress.com
  2. www.visionsinnersydney.wordpress.com
  3. www.habitatassociationspoetscorner.wordpress.com
  4. www.thehabitatshortstorynook.wordpress.com
  5. http://www.habitatinnovationscentre.wordpress.com

In addition we have many projects planned and underway.

 

We invite you to contact us. Provided you have the ideas, the interest and motivation, we will plug you in and enjoy your progress in your chosen project. We will give advice when asked for and encourage you to publish your work when the works are completed.

The re-evaluation of the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code by David Holland

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Questions are raised in the discussion paper, ‘enhancing hazard reduction in NSW’, put out by the Bush Fire coordinating committee (BFCC) in August 2012.

This paper attempt to cover two fundamental questions related to the Bush fire Environmental Code.

Question 8: Should the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code (BFEAC) be amended to further streamline the environmental assessment process? If so, how should this be done? Can you provide examples of when the Code has worked well and when it has not?

Question 9: What steps could be taken to dispel the perception that environmental issues prevent hazard reduction?

The answer is to incorporate the detail of the treatments, planning and environmental constraint such as fire frequency intervals in the Risk Management Plans (RMPs) prepared by the Bush Fire Management committees (BFMCs).

Presently not enough detail and not enough reportable assessments are available in the RMPs.

This paper highlights…

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Will the real Melchizedek please step forward

This book takes you through a journey of the ancient patriarchs of the Bible and how they became acquainted with God.

It is an exercise in taking the Bible scriptures as literal truth, gleaning subtleties from the original Hebrew texts through the Strong’s concordance and building a picture of life in those times.

It brings to light probable details of the early characters of the Bible and presents arguments that show the importance man has in God’s plan for the earth that is not immediately evident in today’s perspective of the scriptures. It shows the importance of starting at the beginning of the story about God and his plan for man. This story gives an insight into how God is to bring about the fullness of Jesus as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. It gives insights into the evidences found in the scriptures of life of 

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Biobanking has had mixed success after being legislated in 2007. Originally designed to stop the remaining natural bushland environments in New South Wales being cleared and destroyed it has been slow to be taken up by both land holders and developers.

The legislation was designed to encourage land owners to set aside farmland for biodiversity preservation and at the same time allow higher intensity developments such as housing and commercial uses of land ensure compensation for destroying natural environment be compensated by offsetting the bio-charactorisics that are destroyed by these developments and facilitate the transferring of these assets to other locations through a theoretical process called biobanking.

This is done by a credit system where land owners put a variety of biodiversity credits on the market. The developers of high intensity and high profit developments, buy these credits and satisfy the destroyed natural environments.

Unfortunately one apple does not equal…

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Cranes – Long Life and Happiness by Margaret O’Toole

The crane is depicted as a symbol of Long Life and Happiness.

Margaret Ellem (nee O’Toole) has depicted the crane in this pen and watercolour painting.

She has depicted the cranes in this painting as Long Life and happiness.

Long Life and Happiness

We recommend that you have a peek at Margaret’s work on our Habitat Centre for the Arts Site.

Habitat Centre for Arts

Margaret is a foundation member of the Habitat Association for arts and environment, vice president and arts director for the organisation.

My name is Margaret Ellem and I have only been seriously painting for the last four years. I had dabbled in painting a few times in the earlier years of my life, but not had any formal lessons. Now I’m currently undergoing watercolour painting classes on a Wednesday morning with Margaret Towler,a porcelain painter and watercolourist at Buff Point near where I live.  My latest few paintings, e.g The Hydrangeas and the Buff Point trees and some of my Sydney paintings are watercolours, and my Venice canal painting is an oil painting. My Tasmanian Devil painting is an acrylic and The Sumatran Tiger is done with pastels. I really enjoy painting and in a few months time I’m having an exhibition at The Gallery Cafe in Devonshire Street in

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First published under the School of Environment and Life Sciences, Faulty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle,  Ourimbah Campus, NSW, Australia, 13th June 2010

(Only to be copied or circulated with the permission of the author.)

To Contact: Dr. Rauscher at: (ray.r@idl.net.au)

Abstract

This paper outlines the author’s research to date on incorporating ecologically sustainable development (ESD) based urban planning within the aims of Local Government Precinct Committees. The paper explores the history of Precinct Committees, particularly the role of place management as a foundation for precinct committees. The structure and operation of Precinct Committees within the Greater Metropolitan Region (GMR) of Sydney/Central Coast/Lower Hunter/Illawarra in the State of New South Wales (NSW) is examined. Planning tools such as NSW New Planning System and Agenda 21 (UN 1993) are examined for their relevance to ESD based planning at the precinct level. The Lakes Precinct (Wyong Shire)…

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New Office for Habitat Association

We are up and running. Our new office in Warnervale on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia has taken a while to set up, but now we have a home.We are situated in the Old Warnervale Public School site along with the Air League.

As part of our activities to help the arts, we have also helped four artisans to set up studios in two of the older class rooms on the site.These artisans product fine art, crafts and lead lighting.

Warnervale today is a quiet leafy location on a quiet road, however both the State government and the Local council have committee to building a new town from scratch only 1 kilometer to the north. The name of this new town is to be Warnervale and will have a new railway station, shopping centre, library and other civic buildings.

Our location will in time be central to the activities of this new town but for now it is close to the present quiet railway station of Warnervale and a quaint homestead style cafe shop.

Now with an office we are hoping to have more volunteers to help us with the work of supporting the arts and mentoring authors.

Renewable energy initiatives budgeted by the Gillard government

With an informative reply from the director of the co-ordination and renewable energy branch of the Department of Climate Change and Renewable Energy Efficiency we learn that over $5 billion dollars have been set aside for research and business development for the development of renewable energy initiatives in Australia through the Gillard governments within the Clean Energy Initiative to be administered by the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy.

The flagship of this enterprising funding is the Solar flagship program which will fund one solar voltaic renewable energy project and one solar thermal energy generation project. The funds allocated to this is $1.5 billion.

In addition the government’s  Clean Energy Initiative is drawing together $560 million under the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) to encourage development of project research efforts that can be implemented into viable product to produce electrical renewable power for Australia’s future energy needs.

ACRE is promoting not only renewable energy generators by innovative storage systems similar to the Ammonia Energy Storage system of Wizard Power.

Another $100 million dollars as part of the ACRE initiatives is allocated under the Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund to help support private investment in critical early stage investments for the development of emerging renewable technologies.

The last program mentioned in the reply letter, but probably at least the most important is the building of supporting infrastructure for the emerging renewable energy industry in Australia. Without extensive government investment in this crucial area of infrastructure, few projects remain viable away from the existing electricity grid. Private investment is unlikely to provide capital for this type of visionary but risky type of venture. With $1 billion invested by the federal government under the Connecting Renewables program and a commitment to see the project finished, operational and utilised by the renewable energy industry, the government is committed to build new electricity connections over the next ten years to remote areas where higher levels of solar, wind and other renewable energy supplies are available.

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