NINE ONE COUNCILLOR WARDS FOR MANNINGHAM

NINE BALLOT PAPERS TO ELECT NINE WARD COUNCILLORS

Despite recommendations to the contrary from both Manningham Council and the Victorian Electoral Commission, the Victorian Government has decided on a single Councillor ward structure for the local government elections in October. It is assumed that the decision made on the eve of the last election, by the same government department, to preclude candidates from directing preferences, will apply again.

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Unless candidates are allowed to nominate preferences in their manifestos the chances of being elected would depend on the number of candidates and especially their own position on the ballot paper. If they draw number one it becomes a one horse race. In past elections a candidate could fill in a ballot paper with their order of preferences. candidate-promises-and-preferences-2012 The previous action in banning indicated preferences on how to vote cards, has put paid to the use of dummy candidates but have ignored the main cause of the problem being the “Donkey Vote” which had actually encouraged the use of dummies, (a candidate who has no interest in winning who gives away a second preference without reciprocation), for candidates badly drawn at the bottom of the ballot paper. Continue reading NINE ONE COUNCILLOR WARDS FOR MANNINGHAM →

WIND TURBINES USE ELECTRICITY FROM THE GRID

ELECTRICITY FROM THE GRID IS NOT ACCOUNTED FOR IN THEIR OUTPUT FIGURES

Coal, gas, thermal, hydro and nuclear power stations have a life span of 45+ years that can be easily extended if maintained properly. Solar and wind turbines have a life span of 10 to 20 years. Any cost analysis would quickly determine that renewables minus subsidies are much more expensive. 

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The facts about wind turbines are as follows:-
Wind turbines are using electricity from the grid which is not accounted for in their output figures. Other electricity generating plants (coal, gas, thermal, hydro, nuclear) use their own electricity and the difference Continue reading WIND TURBINES USE ELECTRICITY FROM THE GRID →

RECORD CO2 LEVEL DESPITE WORLD IN LOCKDOWN

CARBON DIOXIDE CONCENTRATIONS HAVE INCREASED DESPITE A PREDICTED FALL

It is early days, but their is no indication that the current lock down of the world’s economies have resulted in a reduction of global carbon dioxide concentrations, in fact, after only eleven days into May (at 417.16 ppm) they have increased by one part per million above the April average of (416.18 ppm). If this rate was to continue it would exceed the average annual increase rate by a very wide margin.

The anticipated drop in global emissions, as a result of closure of industry, transportation and commerce, has not eventuated and if the trend continues it will be a major blow to theory of carbon dioxide, a trace gas, having any impact on the world’s climate. Carbon dioxide concentrations  were approaching last year’s peak at about 415 parts per million on 24 March 2020 with big daily swings. If sustained, that is already in line with the record high, judged as a monthly average, of 414.7 ppm for the May 2019. The warming in the period between 1910 to 1944 was of a similar scale to the warming periods in recent years. The UN and IPCC told us that this earlier warming was entirely due to natural climate variability rather than human influence because CO2 levels Continue reading RECORD CO2 LEVEL DESPITE WORLD IN LOCKDOWN →

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WIND AND SOLAR SWINDLE

THE FOLLY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROMOTION

The percentage of the time that the renewable resources produce power is really low. In Germany, the number one example of the energy shift, solar produces its rated power output just 11% of the time, which means you need a backup for 89 % of the time. For wind, the numbers are better but they also remain between 15 to 25 % so again, 85–75% of the time so they will also require a substantial backup.

The release of above movie is a major blow to the renewable power industry and the tens of thousands of climate functionaries that have been using a trace gas as a meal ticket– the same people whose light-fingered heirs Continue reading THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WIND AND SOLAR SWINDLE →

BUILDING TYPE & STOREYS NOT IN DDO8 SCHEDULE

ONLY ONE METRE BUILDING HEIGHT DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN LARGE AND SMALL BLOCKS

According to Manningham policy three storey apartment buildings with a maximum height of ELEVEN metres are “encouraged” on allotments 1800 Sqm or more and two storey town house style developments are prescribed a maximum height of TEN metres, which includes a one metre leeway for fall allowed but only on smaller sites. However, the DDO8 schedule below, which is the statutory tool to implement the residential strategy, refers to heights only and does not define a building typology.

The design objectives in the Manningham DDO8 fall short of saying that three-storey development cannot be contemplated, Continue reading BUILDING TYPE & STOREYS NOT IN DDO8 SCHEDULE →

RAIN FOREST DISCOVERED BELOW ANTARCTICA ICE

HIGHER LEVELS OF CARBON DIOXIDE FOLLOWED HOTTER TEMPERATURES

The Mid-Cretaceous era was the heyday of the dinosaurs but was also the warmest period in the last 149 million years, with temperatures in the tropics as high as 35 degrees Celsius and sea levels 170 metres higher than today. Even during months of darkness, swampy temperate rain forests were able to grow close to the South Pole, revealing an even warmer climate than what had previously been expected. 

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To get these conditions, scientists believe that 90 million years ago the Antarctic continent was covered with vibrant and dense vegetation and there were no land-ice masses on the scale of an ice sheet. The work also suggests Continue reading RAIN FOREST DISCOVERED BELOW ANTARCTICA ICE →

ITALIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CLOSE TO COLLAPSE

CORONAVIRIS DEATH RATE CLIMBS TO ALMOST EIGHT PERCENT OF CONFIRMED CASES

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Italy recorded nearly 3,000 deaths related to the coronavirus outbreak, as the number of cases detected passed 35,000, authorities announced on Wednesday 18/3. Italy had just recorded the highest one day death toll of any one nation since the COVID-19 outbreak began with 475 deaths, with more than 35,700 people infected and close to 3000 people have died.

With entire countries now on lock down, borders closed, flights cancelled and ‘social distancing’ becoming the new norm, it seems a lot of people are wondering, what is it that makes COVID-19 so much more deadly than SARS or H1N1? “For COVID-19, [transmissibility] is at a two or three. That Continue reading ITALIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM CLOSE TO COLLAPSE →

NO LINK BETWEEN EMISSIONS AND TEMPERATURE

The complete elimination of all fossils in the US immediately would only restrict any increase in world temperature by less than one tenth of one degree Celsius by 2050 and by less than one fifth of one degree Celsius by 2100, according to MAGICC,  the Model for Assessment of Greenhouse gas Induced by Climate Change, a NCAR/US government computer model to establish the effect of zero emissions

NCAR is the go-to agency for the US Government and IPCC climate modelers to determine the impact of CO2 on world climate. MAGICC Model projects what would be the impact on temperature of the Earth. Continue reading NO LINK BETWEEN EMISSIONS AND TEMPERATURE →

BOXING DAYS ARE GETTING COOLER NOT WARMER

EXTREME HEAT DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE COULD SEND BOXING DAY INTO EXTINCTION ?

According to the ABC and the Guardian Newspaper the Boxing Day Test may need to be moved to November or March in the future to avoid extreme heat, which is a danger to players and cricket fans, a new report from Monash University’s Climate Change Communication Research Hub has found.

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The study wants Cricket Australia to use its prominence to push for greater climate action and do more to look after player and spectator welfare.

However, according to the climate temperature chart (left) Boxing Day average temperatures have fallen by at least two degrees Celsius since 1855 and almost four degrees Celsius since 1930!  Meanwhile, Melbourne has just experienced its coolest summer in eighteen years. Melbourne’s mean temperature (combined minimums and maximums) during summer will be about 20.1 degrees Celsius (68.2 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the lowest summer mean temperature in Melbourne since 2001-02. It had actually peakedat 26 degrees Celsius in 1930 Continue reading BOXING DAYS ARE GETTING COOLER NOT WARMER →

THIRD PIPE MANDATED WITHOUT PLANT LOCATION

THIRD PIPE COMPLIANCE APPROVAL BASED ON PLANT BEING BUILT ON GOLF LINKS ESTATE

By way of background, Manningham, in 2008, had entered into an agreement with Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water to develop an integrated approach to water servicing across Doncaster Hill which was to be YVW’s first venture in a built up area. 2008-9 saw continuing hot and dry conditions in south-eastern Australia, despite occasional heavy rainfall failing to break a continuing drought. However, Victoria remained  in drought with Melbourne’s water supplies dipping to around 30% by July 2008.

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YVW are again proposing a Recycled Water Plant a mile away from the its destination on Doncaster Hill, slap bang in the middle of Tram Rd reserve and adjacent to the rear boundaries of residential dwellings.

There are still a number of residents who believe that there was never any intention to locate the plant adjacent to the Club’s land otherwise it would have been notified.  Mr Tilley, the secretary of the Eastern Golf Club during this period, said there had been no consultation with Council whatsoever and the first he knew of the Sewer mine proposal was after the Council meeting Continue reading THIRD PIPE MANDATED WITHOUT PLANT LOCATION →