Archive for April 17th, 2010

Victorian councils have an online resource to assist them in implementing basic strategies in adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

The toolkit was prepared by Victorian Local Governance Association and addresses the social and equity impacts of climate change on their communities.  Also involved in the development of the toolkit were the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to develop the Liveable & Just Tool Kit.

The tool kit considers the following  issues:

  • Addressing social and equity impacts of climate change;
  • Reducing vulnerability
  • Engaging communities and
  • Building resilience: ideas for local government to strengthen community resilience to climate change.

The tool kit can be found here.

New Guide aims to cut deaths and injury  in high risk public works jobs

In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by driver fatigue, Pro-Visual Publishing is reminding local government and works officers of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Reforms with the 2010 edition of the National Guide to Public Works & Services Safety.

The new laws, which took effect on 29 September 2008, are consistent with current obligations under OHS laws that require employers and employees to take all reasonably practicable steps to manage driver fatigue.

The safety Guide, which will be distributed in the coming weeks, explores the reasons for the new laws, and details how heavy vehicle drivers and their employees can avoid breeching them.

Take a look at the IPWEAvic chart here. and the media release here

The Geelong Regional Group will meet again on 28th April at The Railway Hotel, Bannockburn in conjunction with the Central Highlands Regional Group.  The speaker for the evening will be from the Transport Accident Commission and will present on Road Safety Matters.  The evening will be sponsored by CPG Australia Pty Ltd Consulting Engineers

Download the Agenda here.

The Victorian Government recently announced a proposal to increase municipal and industrial waste landfill levies to come into effect from 1 July 2010.   View the media release here.

The proposed new rates are as follows:

PROPOSED LANDFILL LEVY PAYABLE – dollars per tonne
  Current 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Municipal –metro/provincial $9 $30 $40 $44.0 $48.4 $53.2
Industrial – metro/provincial $15 $30 $40 $44.0 $48.4 $53.2
Municipal –rural $7 $15 $20 $22.0 $24.2 $26.6
Industrial – rural $13 $25 $35 $38.5 $42.4 $46.6

View WHK Economic Outlook for 16 April 2010 here.

For more information visit WHK website here.

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