April 2017 Urgent Action Elsternwick Park

The future of Elsternwick Park North is about to be determined by Bayside Council.

BCCAG is making this urgent request of you to indicate support for the option most in keeping with sustainable, environmental values.
The licence of the existing golf club expires next year and a long community consultative process has been occurring over the past year about the future of the park.
It comes down to one of two preferred alternatives:

Either an expanded and restored wetland, with urban forest surround and upgraded existing amenities, OR
More sports fields.

The motion before Council when it meets next Wednesday is to approve the former, described as Alternative 1A on the Council website at: Council website

However the sports lobby have now collected some 450 signatures on a petition which calls for more sports grounds. They argue that increasing demand on sports facilities cannot be met by existing facilities. This petition may cause Council to waver.

A counter petition has been started by an environmental coalition and we need at least 500 signatures before the Council meeting on Wednesday. Please click on the link to read the petition and consider signing:  Elsternwick Park

Points to be considered:

  • Option 1A was supported by the representative Deliberative Panel and has also been recommended by Council officers.Why pay for such processes if they are ignored. Councilors will have a severe credibility issue if they overthrow Option 1A.
  • Bayside has an ageing population, so non-sport recreation (like walking and cycling) in particular is increasingly important to community health; more so than additional sports ovals
  • Option 1A is best for cyclists.The shared path through the middle, although not there on the Panel’s rough draft, is included to be consistent with Council’s transport strategy and to encourage further bike use
  • The mere fact of being in or near nature (a wetland, an “urban forest” as proposed, creatures, etc. rather than a sporting oval with club buildings, car parks, etc.) has significant, proven, positive health benefits
  • Backing the environment and passive recreation is not anti-sport.It is just a question of balance.We already have many, many sports facilities in Bayside, but there is only one Elsternwick Park and the Elster Creek wetlands are unique and irreplaceable.Also, even under Option 1A, about 40% of the north Park will still be used for sport, and Oval 2 will be upgraded with better facilities anyhow!It is the ONLY win-win solution.
  • Expanding the wetlands is important for:
    • flood mitigation
    • cleansing water before release into the Bay
    • water retention (for drought times)
    • encouraging biodiversity.
  • The wetlands offer significant, unique, educational benefits for the next generation to learn about their environment: the multitude of trees, plants, insects, frogs and other creatures
  • Biodiversity and water resources are increasingly under stress/threat through climate change – we need to preserve what we have while we can
  • There are potential financial benefits from Option 1A that have not been recognised e.g. innovative use of the golf building and the capacity to harness volunteers interested in the environment to help with maintenance, etc.
  • An expanded oval (Option 2A) will have detrimental effect on wildlife in the Park through extra noise and light pollution
  • An expanded oval per Option 2A would bring unwanted additional traffic, noise, floodlighting and parking to Bayside residents living near the Park.They bought at this location specifically to live beside a peaceful, quiet Park
  • The 100 year (or so) history of sport in the Park is often used to support its expansion.But the Park has ALWAYS been a wetland.That aspect of history needs to be recognized as well



May 2017 Public Forum Victoria’s Residential Performance Scorecard

Danielle King
Director, Sustainability Consultant, Educator
Green Moves Australia.

Victoria’s Residential Performance Scorecard:
Find out your homes energy performance rating
and what you can do to improve it..

Victoria’s new residential performance scorecard is a tool developed by the state government to assist householders to improve the energy performance of their household and save money. It could also be used to compare the cost efficiency of one property against another when buying or renting. Find out about this new scorecard, how to use it and how it can help householders in Victoria.

Danielle King is a well-respected and highly qualified Sustainability Assessor and Energy Efficiency consultant. She is the Founder and Director of Green Moves Australia, a company that provides a range of independent sustainability advisory services and education tailored for the residential and commercial markets.
Danielle works with State and Local governments, private commercial and residential clients on a wide variety of topics from sustainable building design and education to energy and resource efficiency strategies. She also sits on various industry advisory boards, is one of Al Gore’s Climate Leaders and is a past BCCAG Board member

Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St Sandringham
Wed May 31 – 7.30pm
Donations welcome

April 2017 Public Forum Before the Flood

Change of date for April Film Night

Due to a Bayside Council meeting on April 26 where the decision on Elsternwick Park will be made, it is important that our Board Members are present and any BCCAG members are welcome to attend also. This meeting clashes with our usual end of month Forum where we are screening:

Before the Flood by Leonardo DiCaprio.

New date is 1 week earlier – April 19th

In his acclaimed and moving doco & call to action

Before The Flood

Screening at
Sandringham Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St Sandringham
Wed. 19 April 7.30pm

March 2017 Public Forum What’s next for Australia’s power – after the closure of Hazelwood

Please note date – this Forum is 1 week earlier than our normal month end meetings.

Mark Wakenham
speak on
What’s next for Australia’s power – after the closure of Hazelwood

Mark is CEO of Environment Victoria and has been involved in many successful environmental campaigns, most recently for the orderly closure of the Hazelwood Power Station. He leads one of Australia’s leading environment non-government organisations. Environment Victoria focuses on campaigns for a safe climate, healthy rivers and sustainable production, consumption and communities.

Prior to that he worked as an Energy campaigner for Greenpeace Australia Pacific for three years where he helped build a movement of Australians wanting climate change action and successfully worked for the introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets in Victoria, New South Wales and nationally. He has worked in the solar industry, was Coordinator of the Environment Centre of the Northern Territory for 5 years, was a lecturer at the Northern Territory University, and was a radio operator in the Army.

Sandringham Uniting Church Hall,
21 Trentham St Sandringham
Wed. 22 March 2017 at 7.30 pm

Donations welcome

Flannery calls for the Community to lead

At BCCAG’s February ‘Climate Forum’, Professor Tim Flannery called for the community to take leadership on the critical issue of climate change, where the federal government has failed to do so.

His call was made to the nearly 400 attendees at the successful event, held at Brighton Grammar School’s, Rosstrevor Hall.

Professor Flannery described some of the consequences of climate change, we are dealing with already. From the warming oceans that precipitated the record mass coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef to successive, record damaging weather and storm events that the country has witnessed over the past 3 years.

Flannery said he was not a political animal. But he has become increasingly disappointed at the lack of leadership shown by the government to formulate effective climate solutions, such as promoting investment in clean energy, rather than coal.

Alison Rowe, the CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation and Chair of the Future Business Council spoke about business opportunities in a zero emissions economy. She reminded the audience that company directors are responsible to shareholders for carrying out climate risk assessments and that they can be held accountable for failing in that duty. Since then, an Executive Board Member of APRA Geoff Summerhayes, in referring to the obligation to address Climate Change risk has stated “ .. if you’re an investor and you’re not already asking questions about how the companies you invest in approach these issues – perhaps you should be” . Alison spoke of the benefits of having a triple bottom line on company balance sheets.

Laura Sykes is Schools Program coordinator of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. She described how their members are encouraging schools and school communities to embrace renewable energy and some of the successes they have had to date.

After the event, many attendees queued up to sign BCCAG’s petition that calls on Australia’s parliaments to declare a climate emergency and mobilise a coordinated effort to restore a safe climate. Some 190 additional signatures were added to the petition.

BCCAG will be holding a ‘Follow Up’ Gathering and Debrief for those wishing to take part in further planned action. This will take place at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 22nd February at Sandringham Uniting Church Hall, 21 Trentham St Sandringham.

Sustainable Living Festival

BCCAG are appearing at the Sustainable Living Festival on Sunday February 12th between 9am – 1.00pm.

We have committed to looking after the VCAN (Victorian Climate Change Action Network) stall at the SLF Festival during this time slot and will be promoting the Climate Emergency petition along with our upcoming Forum on the 15th February (see below for details). The stall is located at the “Green Market”, in Federation Square.

Come along and say hello to some of the members of our cheerful group on this day.

February 2017 Public Forum Facing the Climate Crisis: Challenges for Government, Business and the Community.

To make a booking for the event listed in this newsletter please click on the Eventbrite link, select the Register button, and nominate number of tickets you require and print the tickets.


Prof. Tim Flannery, acclaimed writer, scientist and conservationist,

Alison Rowe, CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation and Chair of the Future Business Council,

Laura Sykes, AYCC National Schools Program Coordinator

and our MC for the evening:

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg, President of the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).

On the topic:

Facing the Climate Crisis: Challenges for Government, Business and the Community.

speak on

Why we must declare a Climate Emergency

Tim Flannery

Professor Flannery is an internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist.  An author of many books and presenter of several TV documentaries, Tim was named Australian of the Year in 2007.





Alison Rowe
will speak on

“Untapped Opportunities for business in the shift to a zero emissions economy”

Alison RoweAlison Rowe is the CEO for Moreland Energy Foundation Limited. She has been in the sustainability field for over 12 years with global responsibility for strategy development, program design & delivery, product development, consulting, marketing and advocacy. Alison is the Chair of the Future Business Council and a Non-Executive Director for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia. She completed the Business & Environment program at Cambridge and holds an MBA and Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management. She was Climate Alliance  Business Leader of the Year in 2013 and is renowned globally for her public speaking.


Laura Sykes
talks about the

Repower our Schools campaign

Laura SykesLaura is a dedicated advocate for sustainability and climate justice and passionate about empowering young people to take meaningful action on climate in their communities. She coordinates the Australian Youth Climate Coalition ‘Switched On’ Schools Program and has worked with youth-led campaigning organisations for the past 7 years on a variety of social and environmental justice campaigns. She was awarded the Southern Cross Young Achievers Entrepreneurship Award in 2012.


Victoria McKenzie-McHarg
will be our MC for the evening

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg is an environmentalist who has led community driven campaigns for government action against fossil fuel subsidies, on climate change and sustainable transport and putting a price on pollution nationally.

In 2012, Victoria was listed by the Melbourne Age as one of the top 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative Victorians for her work leading a successful legal and community campaign against a proposed new coal-fired power station.

She is the current President of the Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).

The venue for this Forum is:

The Rosstrevor Hall
Brighton Grammar School
Allee Street Brighton
Wed 15 February 2017, 7.15 pm  for a 7.30 pm start

Booking information

Notification of this event is being circulated by many environmental groups so you will need to make a booking – click on this link book here to register, obtain your ticket and bring it with you to make sure you have a seat at this important event.

The event is FREE but your gold coin donation to help offset the expenses would be appreciated.

Helen Keller

Following the Forum on the 15th, the BCCAG Board invites you to join with other concerned citizens from Bayside and surrounds in a follow up meeting the next week. For our climate emergency petition to be effective we need to mobilise a large group of volunteers to work with us to spread the word, staff stalls, write letters and gather as many signatures as possible.

The current rate of change in the climate system highlights the immediacy of the climate crisis for us – it’s no longer our grandchildren’s problem. The old argument – that we have to act now for our children – is no longer the case. The real sense of urgency in the scientific community is that we must act now or never.

The only way this climate emergency petition will work is if it’s driven from the bottom up by people like you.

The meeting will be held:
Wednesday 22nd February, 7.30pm
Uniting Church Hall
21 Trentham St, Sandringham