Melbourne Councils
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City of Darebin Council

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

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Banyule City Council

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Manningham City Council

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Whitehorse City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 149,000

Motion passed: 11 March Dec 2008. Download minutes, see page 8 (113kB pdf)

Environmental Damage by Logging Activities

Moved by Cr Harris, Seconded by Cr Allan

That the City of Whitehorse recognises the environmental damage done to water catchments by logging activities, and supports the efforts of the Shire of Yarra Ranges to call a halt to logging in the catchments, particularly with regard to the Armstrong Creek area. That the Council makes representations to the Premier, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Water, in relation to this issue.

CARRIED

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Monash City Council

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City of Kingston Council

Municipality Population (2008): 141,000.

Motion passed 28 April 2008. Download minutes (see page 203.)

11. Notices of Motion

K 66 Logging in Water Catchment Areas

Cr West has given notice to move the following motion.

1. Council does not support logging in water catchments because:

1. Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments.

2. Young re-growth trees need more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments

3. Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments.

4. It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre logged status

5. It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments.

6. logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through
increasing sediment as does road construction through logging coupes.

2. The Victorian Government be urged to consider a policy of no logging in water
catchments.

West/Alabaster
The Notice of Motion be adopted.
Carried


 
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Bayside City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 92,000

Motion passed: 18 Dec 2007. Download minutes, see page 9 (323kB pdf)

 

Clear fell logging on water yield

Moved Cr Long Seconded Cr del Porto
Given water shortages and the impact on Bayside residents and ratepayers and the impact of clearfell logging on water yield, that Bayside City Council:

  • opposes logging of Melbourne’s water catchments;
  • make a submission to the Department of Sustainability outlining Council’s opposition to the clear fell logging in water catchments;
  • seek further input from the community and community groups;
  • support the position of Yarra Ranges Shire Council in this matter; and
  • inform the Premier of Victoria, Minister for Environment and the Minister for
    Water in relation to this matter.

The MOTION was PUT and a DIVISION called

DIVISION FOR Crs del Porto, Long, Knight, Stegley, Norris & McLorinan (6)
AGAINST Nil

CARRIED

 

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Glen Eira City Council

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City of Stonnington Council

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City of Boroondara Council

Municipality Population (2008): 160,000.

Motion passed: 23 June 2008. Download officers report , see page 155 (2MB pdf)

MOTION
Moved Councillor Healey
Seconded Councillor Tragas

OFFICERS' RECOMMENDATION

That Council write to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Gavin Jennings MLC, advising of Council’s opposition to continued logging in native forests within Melbourne’s
water supply catchments.

Carried

 
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City of Yarra Council

Municipality Population (2008): 73,000

Motion passed: 18 March Dec 2008. Download agenda, see page 73 (1404kB pdf)

Logging in Catchment Area

I Councillor Jenny Farrar, hereby give notice that it is my intention to move the following motion at the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday 18 March 2008:

That further to Council’s resolution of 9 September 2003, viz,

1. That Council write to the Premier of Victoria, referring to his letter to households on conserving precious water resources, highlighting the negative impact of logging on water supply as set out in the report by Richard Hughes Apr11 2003 entitled "The Impact of Logging on Water Yield and Victorian Water Supplies" and requesting that the State Government ensures there is no logging in upper catchrnent areas.

2 That Council report to the community, both its own plans for waler saving measures and water saving measures for households in Yarra."

Council:

(a) reiterate that having regard to:

(i) the detrimental impact of ongoing water shortages on residents and ratepayers of Yarra;

(ii) the impact which logging has on water yield in catchments;

(iii) young re-growth trees needing more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments;
(iv) logging reducing stream flow and yields to water catchments;

(v) the long period taken (up to 150 years) for water yields to return to their pre logged status; and

(vi) the logging of water catchments adversely affecting water quality through increasing sediment as does road construction through logging coupes;

it is considered poor water management policy to continue to log in our water catchrnents, and therefore it does not support logging in water catchments; and

(b) write to the Premier of Victoria, Minister for Environment and the Minister for Water urging Government to consider a policy of no logging in water catchments.

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Melbourne City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 73 000

Motion passed 6 May 2008 Download minutes (see page 3)

6. GENERAL BUSINESS (Agenda Item 6)

6.1. Notice of Motion, Cr Brindley: Logging in Melbourne’s Water Catchments

Chris Tipler spoke in favour of the motion and made the following comments:

  • that there is research supporting the conclusion that water is worth more than timber;
  • water shortage is a major issue and logging in water catchments needs to end; and
  • there are alternative sources of timber available.

In response to questions raised by Councillors Mr Tipler commented that logging in the catchments has an extensive history and to stop it would require legislative change.

Serena O’Meley also addressed the Committee speaking in favour of the motion.

Moved: The Chair Cr Brindley

1. That the Environment Committee recommend to Council that:

1.1. given the continuing low level of Melbourne’s water storage, Council oppose logging of Melbourne’s water catchments; and

1.2. write to the Premier, the Minister for Water and the Minister for Environment informing them of Council’s decision.

Seconded: Cr Ng
Carried unanimously.

 
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City of Port Phillip

Municipality Population (2008): 88,000

Motion passed: 25 Feb 2008. Download minutes, see page 29 (28kB pdf)

MELBOURNE’S WATER STORAGE

MOVED Cr Logan /Klepner

Given the continuing low level of Melbourne’s water storage and the impact of
clearfelling on water yield, Port Phillip Council acknowledges:

  • The principled decision of the State Government to cease logging in water catchments of the Otways.
  • The resolutions of Yarra Ranges Shire Council and Bayside calling for the cessation of logging in Melbourne’s water catchments.

In resolving to:

  • Oppose logging of Melbourne’s water catchments, and
  • Inform the Minister of Water in relation to this matter.

A vote was taken and the MOTION was CARRIED.

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City of Greater Dandenong Council

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Frankston City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 121,000.

Motion passed: 7th July 2008. Download minutes, see page 45 (pdf)

2. NOM585 – Logging in Catchment Areas

(A516952)

On Monday 16 June, 2008, Councillor Judy Wachendorfer gave notice of her intention to move
the following motion:

1. To improve the overall water security for residents and ratepayers of Frankston and greater Melbourne, the Frankston City Council makes a public statement opposing logging in the Melbourne water supply catchments because:

• Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments.
• Young re-growth trees need more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments.
• Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments.
• It can take 150 years for water yields to return to their pre-logged status.
• It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments.
• Logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment, as does road construction through logging coupes.

2. Council to make representation to the Premier, the Minister for Environment and Minister for Water urging the State government to consider a policy of no logging in water catchments.

3. Council to write to Local Members of parliament seeking their support for such a statement.

General Manager Development Comments:

It is not considered appropriate to make a public statement on the issue at this time as it was not
endorsed as a Local Government position at the MAV Conference.
It would be appropriate to write to the Minister for Environment and the Local Members of Parliament on this issue.

MOVED: CR. WARDLE SECONDED: CR. MCCLUSKEY
THAT THE MOTION AS WRITTEN BE ADOPTED.

MOVED: CR. AITKEN SECONDED: CR. MCCLELLAND
THAT THE MATTER BE DEFERRED.

THE MOTION WAS LOST ON THE CASTING VOTE OF THE MAYOR

For the Motion: Crs Aitken, McClelland and Trewhitt
Against the Motion: Crs Hampton, McCluskey, and Wardle.

THE ORIGINAL MOTION WAS PUT AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 
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City of Casey Council

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Cardinia Shire Council

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Yarra Ranges Shire Council

Municipality Population (2008): 144,000

Motion passed: 27 Nov 2007. Download minutes, see page 38 (182kB pdf)

Moved: Cr Dunn
Seconded: Cr McRae

That Council supports a public statement opposing logging of water catchments in Yarra Ranges, and further that Council also makes representation to the Premier, the Minister of Environment and Minister of Water, and I propose that the statement is:

The Shire of Yarra Ranges does not support logging in water catchments.

Council recognises that:

1. Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments.
2. Young re-growth trees need more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments.
3. Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments.
4. It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre logged status.
5. It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments.
6. Logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment as does road construction through logging coupes.

We urge the government to consider a policy of no logging in water catchments.

The motion was Carried

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Moreland City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 139,000

Motion passed: 13 Feb 2008. Download minutes, see page 9 (98kB pdf)

WATER CATCHMENTS

Cr Connellan moved, Cr Pryor seconded that –

Council resolves:

1. To oppose logging in Melbourne Water catchments on the basis that

a) Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments.
b) Young re-growth trees need more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments.
c) Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments.
d) It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre-logged status.
e) It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments.
f) Logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment, as does road construction through logging coupes.

2. To write to the Premier, the Water Minister and local lower and upper house members informing them of this view.

3. That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Mayor and Councillors of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Carried

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Moonee Valley City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 110,000.

Motion passed: 5 August 2008. Download minutes, see page 10 (pdf)

NOTICE OF MOTION NO. 2008/19
TITLE: Opposition to Logging in Melbourne Water Catchment Areas
FROM: Cr Rose Iser

COMMITTEE RESOLUTION


Moved Cr Cusack, seconded Cr Iser that Moonee Valley City Council resolves:
1. To oppose logging in Melbourne Water catchments on the basis that:
a) Logging dramatically effects water yield in catchment areas and is detrimental to its quality;
b) Continued logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments;
c) To restore forests, young trees need more water thus releasing less water into catchments;
d) It takes many years estimated to be up to 150 years for water yields to return to their pre-logged status;
e) It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments; and
f) Logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment, as does road construction through logging coupes.


2. To write to the Premier, the Water Minister and local Lower and Upper House Members informing them of this view and requesting that this be taken up as a matter of urgency.

3. That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Mayor and Councillors of the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

DIVISION CALLED

A division was called on the Motion and voting was as follows:

FOR: Crs Cusack, Giuliano, Iser, Sipek, Opie
AGAINST: Crs Chantry, Andricciola

 
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City of Maribyrnong Council

Municipality Population (2008): 65,000

Motion passed: 15 July 2008. Download minutes, see pages 78 - 82(pdf)

LOGGING IN MELBOURNE WATER CATCHMENTS

PURPOSE
To clarify Maribyrnong Council’s position on logging within Melbourne Water Catchments.

BACKGROUND
This report follows a presentation to Maribyrnong Council by the Melbourne Water Catchment Network at the CASP meeting held on 10 June 2008.

The Network presented evidence that clearfell logging within Melbourne’s water catchments was depriving the catchments of substantial amounts of water. An economic analysis presented at the meeting also demonstrated that taking action to cease logging in Melbourne catchments was far more cost effective per gigalitre of water saved, than the cost of producing water through the proposed desalination plant.

(Download minutes to see rest of report)

CONCLUSION
There is compelling evidence that ceasing the clearfell logging of Ash forests in
Melbourne’s catchments will provide a greater level of water for Melbourne, as well
as a greater economic return to the community. In light of the ongoing drought and
water restrictions in Melbourne, supporting the cessation of clearfell logging in
Melbourne catchments is of strategic importance to our community.

COUNCIL RESOLUTION
1. That Council endorses the following statement:

Maribyrnong City Council opposes logging in Melbourne’s water catchment on the grounds that;

a) Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments
b) Young re-growth trees need more water to grow, thus releasing less water into catchments
c) Logging reduces stream flow and yields in water catchments
d) It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre logged status
e) It is poor water policy to continue to log Melbourne’s water catchments
f) Logging activities in water catchments adversely affects water quality through increased sediment entering waterways
g) The economic value of increased water yields is far greater than the value of timber used primarily for woodchipping

2. Write to local members of Parliament seeking their support for the cessation of logging in Melbourne’s water catchment.

3. Write to Melbourne Water Catchment Network advising them of the above motion.

Moved by: Cr Cumming
Seconded by: Cr Rossiter

CARRIED.

 
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Hobsons Bay City Council

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Brimbank City Council

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Hume City Council

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Nillumbik Shire Council

Municipality Population (2008): 61,000.

Motion passed: 24 June 2008. Download minutes, see page 73 (pdf)

Logging in water catchments
Author: Margaret Abbey, Group Manager Environment and Planning Services
Authorised: Bill Forrest, Chief Executive Officer

Summary
Council has previously received a presentation from the Melbourne Water Catchment
Network advocating for the State Government to adopt a policy to ‘significantly improve
water yields and reduce catchment fire risk by stopping all logging in the Melbourne water
catchments immediately.’ Council has also been encouraged to adopt a local statement of
not supporting logging within the catchments.

As a result of the presentation, Council at its Ordinary Meeting on 22 April 2008 (Item
13.002/08) resolved to receive a report on the impact of clearfell logging on Melbourne’s
water catchments.

Advice has been received from the Municipal Association of Victoria’s Environmental
Advisory Group, other Councils and the State Government on this matter.

Given that the State Government has established an investigation into the harvesting of
timber in State forests supplying water to Melbourne, this report recommends that Council
note the actions being undertaken and receive a further report once final recommendations have been made to the State government.

Officer Recommendation
That Council note this report and request a further report once the recommendations of the
Sustainability Assessment have been submitted to the State Government.

Motion

MOVED: CR. Bronnie Hattam
SECONDED: CR. Greg Johnson

That Council:
1. Oppose logging in Melbourne Water catchments on the basis that;

a) Logging has dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments.
b) Young re-growth trees need more water thus releasing less water into catchments.
c) Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments.
d) It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre-logged status.
e) It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments
f) Logging in water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment, as does road construction through logging coupes.
g) Melbourne water catchments contain significant biodiversity.
h) There is widespread concern about this issue, reflected in similar resolutions from the following municipalities: Yarra Ranges, Bayside, Moreland, Port Phillip, Whitehorse, Yarra, Knox, Kingston, Melbourne, Maroondah.

2. To write to the Premier, the Water Minister and local members of Parliament
informing them of this view.

3. That a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Mayor and Councillors of the
Shire of Yarra Ranges.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

 
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Maroondah City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 105,000

Report to council - LOGGING IN WATER CATCHMENT AREAS

PURPOSE
The purpose of this report is to oppose the harvesting of timber from Melbourne’s water
catchment areas. (Download full report pdf and read pages 3,4)

Motion passed:19 May 2008. Download minutes, see page 4 (pdf).

LOGGING IN WATER CATCHMENT AREAS ITEM 1

MOVED CR MAKIN, SECONDED CR WILLMOTT,

THAT COUNCIL:

1. OPPOSES LOGGING IN WATER CATCHMENT AREAS.

2. WRITES TO THE MINISTER FOR WATER EXPRESSING ITS VIEWS IN THIS MATTER.

 

CARRIED

 
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Knox City Council

Municipality Population (2008): 153,000

Motion passed: 25 March 2008 after a detailed report was provided to council.
Download minutes and report see page 73 (1.1 MB pdf)

LOGGING WITHIN MELBOURNE’S WATER CATCHMENTS

MOVED: CR. VAN de VREEDE
SECONDED: CR. GILL

That Council:

1. Supports a public statement opposing logging of water catchments in the Yarra Ranges, and further that Council also makes representation to the Premier, the Minister for Environment and Minister for Water, and I propose that the statement is:

Knox City Council does not support logging in water catchments. Council recognises that:

a. Logging has a dramatic and detrimental effect on water yield in catchments

b. Young re-growth trees need more water to grow thus releasing less water into catchments

c. Logging reduces stream flow and yields to water catchments

d. It takes 150 years for water yields to return to their pre-logged status

e. It is poor water policy to continue to log our water catchments

f. Logging of water catchments adversely affects water quality through increasing sediment as does road construction through logging coupes

g. Water Catchment contain significant biodiversity

We urge the government to consider a policy of no logging in water catchments.

2. Write to Local Members of parliament seeking their support for such a statement.


CARRIED

Knox Maroondah Monash Glen Eira Whitehorse Bayside City Port Phillip Stonnington Boroondara Yarra City Melbourne City Moreland City Moonee Valley Maribyrnong City Hobsons Bay Wyndham City Yarra Ranges Nillumbik Brimbank Hume Darebin Banyule Manninghamham Whittlesea Kingston Greater Dandenong Frankston Casey Cardinia Mornington Peninsula Port Phillip