Council's Sustainable Initiatives
The drawings were constructed in January 2014 in the summer school holidays. At this time of year local residents and visitors alike flocked to the area to enjoy the beautiful surrounds. Rudy was photographed and spoke to people as they walked by about his 3D artwork.
Particular emphasis was placed on cigarette butts, plastic waste and fishing line, and the harmful impact these litter items may have on wildlife. To spread the message to visitors and the community, tag lines such as ‘Butt it and Bin it’, and ‘Reel it in and put it in the bin’ accompanied each chalk drawings.
This video outlines some of the environmental initiatives undertaken by council and shows how preserving and improving our environment is one of our key objectives at Mosman Council.
Mosman Council in partnership with OzHarvest are on a mission to reduce the amount of excess food being thrown away from local businesses to reduce waste costs and the amount of food waste that would otherwise go to landfill. A win – win for the community and the environment.
OzHarvest is a charitable organisation that collects quality, excess food from more than 2,000 commercial outlets and delivers it direct and free of charge, to more than 800 charities who provide much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Sydney.
In May 2013 Mosman Council retrofitted the old fluorescent lights in the Mosman Library. The project was funded under the Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment (WaSIP) program and saw 463 lights replaced with energy efficient LED lights in order to save money and reduce energy consumption and our corporate greenhouse gas emissions.
Prior to the upgrade the combined consumption of electricity for the Civic Centre and Library buildings was 74MWh per month. After the lighting retrofit, the monthly electricity usage for both buildings was 66.5MWh per month. This saving of 8.5MWh per month equates to 102 MWh annually, saving Council in the last financial year $41,888.00.
This retrofit was the last stage of the Civic Centre and Library building retrofit program, with the Civic Centre building retrofitted in 2011.
Ready Set Grow is a regional program being undertaken jointly by Hornsby, Warringah, Willoughby, Pittwater and Mosman Councils. The three year program aims to educate primary aged children on the importance of edible gardens. Apart from encouraging healthy eating, the gardens form an engaging space for children to learn about the basic principles of sustainability.
In Mosman, one school took part in the first year with an additional two schools signing on to participate. The schools started the program with a waste audit then progressed to setting up a worm farm or compost system. Once the food waste recycling system was established a no dig garden was created during a workshop with the school students. Materials from within the school were used where possible such as leaves, twigs, waste paper and compost to build the garden layers. In order for the students to understand the importance of microbial diversity a game was played to act as different types of microbes such as spring tails and scorpions. The game taught about the web of life and how ultimately this invisible world holds great significance to the food they eat.
In caring for their new garden the students learn the importance of energy from the sun and how a no dig garden is water efficient. School scraps composted become an important food for the plants and at the same time a valuable diversion from landfill. The efforts of the students are rewarded at harvest time when new wonders are realised such as the taste of fresh food direct from the garden, beautiful flowers attracting butterflies and the seeds which allows the whole growing process to be renewed.
Pedal Power Cinema – Finding Nemo
As part of the Festival of Mosman a pedal power cinema was hosted to screen ‘I will be a hummingbird’ and Finding Nemo.
As the crowds gathered a ‘Seahorse’ and ‘Pirate’ spoke to children about the importance of not polluting our waterways. The catch phrase ‘all drains lead to the ocean’ taken from the movie Finding Nemo was incorporated into the discussions and featured in posters.
Three students from Queenwood distributed a brochure to the audience about the impacts of disposable cups, and spoke on stage about the importance of using reusable cups when purchasing take away hot drinks.
‘I will be a hummingbird’ narrated by Wangari Maathai was the first film to be screened. The short environmental story was about a group of African animals besieged by fire. All felt helpless except for the little humming bird who tried to put the fire out one small drop at a time. The moral being that it is better to do something no matter how small than to stand and do nothing.
Finding Nemo was then screened with up to 10 people peddling hard at one time to keep the film running. Riding the bikes was popular with the young audience and volunteer staff were kept very busy ensuring everyone had a turn.
The project required the joint cooperation of a number of departments within Council. Approximately 400 people attended with the public feedback being so positive that another pedal power cinema is in the planning phase for the next Festival of Mosman.