March 2010

Low Carbon Growth Plan launch

19.03.2010 - Posted by Misko Ivezich

This morning Amanda, Mark and I attended ClimateWorks Australia’s launch of its Low Carbon Growth Plan in Federation Square, Melbourne. The organisation, which is a collaboration between The Myer Foundation and Monash University, has undertaken comprehensive research that indicates that Australia can reduce its emissions by 25% of 2000 levels for as little as the cost of a cup of coffee per household per week. Speakers at the launch included Executive Director Anna Skarbek and board member Professor John Thwaites, who you may know as former Deputy Premier of Victoria and Victoria's first Minister for Climate Change. Overall it was very inspiring and uplifting and a stark contrast to what you hear from the economic doomsayers whenever action on climate change is mentioned. If you’re interested I highly recommend you read their Low Carbon Growth Plan for Australia or the shorter 12 page summary.

BRW Client Choice Awards

18.03.2010 - Posted by Amanda Wealands
For the third year running Alluvium was shortlisted in the BRW Client Choice Awards. Kane and Chris attended the awards night in Sydney last night where
we were one of three finalists in the ‘Best Victorian Firm’ category of the awards. However it was not our night, with a firm specialising in actuarial services taking out the award. We were the only environmental/engineering firm shortlisted in this category and are very grateful to our clients for the survey responses that got us to the short list.

It's raining but is it going to make a difference?

15.03.2010 - Posted by Amanda Wealands
This is a pretty interesting segment on the ABC Bush Telegraph with Professor Richard Kingsford, Mike Young and Dianne Bell. The second half of it gives a good insight into some of the complexity in defining and managing sustainable diversion limits in the Murray-Darling Basin. Click here to have a listen.

Rivers with Griff Rhys Jones

4.03.2010 - Posted by
If you love rivers as much as we do then you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining series currently screening on ABC1 and iView. Click here to have a look.

NSW Government approves key NSW river red gum forests assessment recommendations

3.03.2010 - Posted by
The NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, announced on 2 March 2010 that the NSW Government has agreed to adopt the key recommendations of the Natural Resource Commission’s (NRC) December 2009 report on the River red gum forests in Riverina bioregion. This means the establishment of 107,210 ha of river red gum protected areas (69,413 ha of National Parks, 16,308 ha of Regional Park and 21,489 ha of Indigenous protected areas) and a support package of up to $80 million for affected timber industry workers and regional communities.

To read the media release, click here

Alluvium consulted to the NRC on the river red gum forests assessment and worked closely with the NRC throughout the process providing project management and water planning advice. Alluvium congratulates the NRC on the project and the degree to which the NSW Government’s decision reflects the key recommendations and the work of the Commission.

Click here to read the NRC’s river red gum forests assessment.

Afternoon camping spot in the Gunbower State Forest

a Super Tuesday

2.03.2010 - Posted by Amanda Wealands
We counted bikes this morning for the Bicycle Victoria Super Tuesday bike count.  It was a lovely morning out there watching people peddle past - even if we did have to figure out what direction they were heading in and then frantically figure out where it went on the sheet. Overall our Alluvium BUG crew counted a total of 3,694 bikes at eight count sites. Busy stuff! Which I guess is understandable with an early sampling of a number of count sites around Melbourne showing increases ranging from 12 to 50% from last year.

My count sheet at around 8.30am - running out of space!

Ross happy to be counting, although likely to be 3 bikes less due to this photo...