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Urban environment issues, analysing government services, both federal and state and local campaigns.




City Limits - Recycling Fires and Affordable Housing

Kevin, Megan and Andy discuss the local and international news - the 'Dutch reach', Britney Spears, Melbourne station safety, homeless rights and negative gearing.In the first half of the show, we speak with Sonja Rutherford, a local resident of Broadmeadows who shares fascinating local information about the Coolaroo recycling plant fire. In the second half of the show, April Bragg from the Housing for the Aged Action Group discuss the privitisation of public housing and their successes in...

Duration: 00:55:47

City Limits - David Holmgren and RetroSuburbia

We are joined this week by the co-founder of the permaculture movement David Holmgren to discuss his ideas behind retrofitting the suburbs as part of our transition to a low carbon society. Have the suburbs been given a bad press when in fact they can be a tremendous resource? Is increasing densities a bad thing and if so, how do we prevent our conurbations from continuing to sprawl outwards? Can we return to localised, sharing economies? These questions are becoming ever more pertinent in...

Duration: 00:52:26

City Limits - The Crisis Of Public Transport

We are joined this week by transport commentator and regular guest John McPherson as well as a campaigner from People For Public Transport (www.publictransportpublichands.com). How damaging has privatisation been and what can we do to reverse the trend?We are joined later in the show by Dr John Stone who is a lecturer in transport planning at the University of Melbourne. Are we investing enough in public transport? Are we focussing too much on building places to live along railway lines at...

Duration: 00:49:17

City Limits - Closed loops: plastics recycling and uranium mining

City Limits 26-7-17On today's programme Kevin Healy and Megan Kimber discuss inequality, political trust funds, and quirky news from Florida, U.S.A.We then investigate two issues - the problems with local recycling centres, and the issues with Australia's uranium mining industry. Helen Vandenberg is a well-known activist from the North-Western Suburbs of Melbourne who talks to us about the recent Melbourne recycling centre fire that has taken 11 days to extinguish. More than 70 residents...

Duration: 00:55:16

City Limits - The Growing Campaign for Public Housing

This week we are joined by Howard Marosi from Friends of Public Housing and Shane McGrath from Housing for the Aged Action Group to discuss why the campaign for more public housing is growing and why older people are increasingly being exploited by the retirement industry.

Duration: 00:54:32

City Limits - Can Renewable Energy Save Us?

We are joined this week by Professor Patrick Moriarty from Monash University to discuss renewable energy, battery technology and the viability of electric/hydrogen powered vehicles.We also discuss World Population Day and how we should approach the topic at a global level. We also examine how this fits in with the issue of Melbourne's rapidly growing population.Finally, we premiere a new song from Shock Octopus, Fantasia. https://shockoctopus.bandcamp.com/album/roam-in-silence

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City Limits 28-6-17 On todays programme Kevin is joined by new to the team Presenter Megan and they speak with Amelia Young from wilderness society. They discuss the take over of GUNS by Heyfield in Tasmania and the effects it has played on the enviroment. Impowered by the goverment Vic Forest the state goverment logging company are still logging rare timbers, in cases where 90% are being used as woodchips. Amelia Young speaks about the round table discussions being had at a round table...

Duration: 00:53:11

City Limits - Social Resilience: Are we compromising fresh local food and affordable housing?

In today's jam packed episode we look at the growing threat to Melbourne's capacity to produce fresh, locally grown food as well as our capacity to provide truly affordable housing.We interview Rachel Carey from the University of Melbourne to discuss the growing threat to Melbourne's food bowl and the long term implications that this is having. We also interview April Bragg from Housing For the Aged Action Group to discuss the privatisation of public housing stock and the continuing...

Duration: 00:48:53

City Limits - Diesel and Trucks

Today we interview regular guest, former Public Transport Users Association vice president, John McPherson. Is our health at risk from diesel trucks? Are the railways buckling under infrastructure? These and many other topics face the scrutiny of the City Limits team.

Duration: 00:53:19

Planning Backlash and the Development Crisis in Melbourne

We talk to Michael Bayliss from Planning Backlash about the development woes facing Melbourne and how this issue will only become more serious in light of plans to further deregulate the planning system. Whether it is increasing densities in the inner suburbs or developing the urban fringe, we are not getting the standard of development that Melbourne requires as we proceed to a low carbon economy. Michael also discusses the protest that is organised to take place on the steps of State...

Duration: 00:44:03

City Limits - Ageing in Place and High-Rise versus Heritage

On this episode we interview founding president of the Waverton hub, Helen L'Orange on helping older people stay in their own homes for as long as possible. We also chat to Michael Hamil-Green who is involved in the campaign against the proposed 19 storey high-rise residential development at the old Pentridge Prison in Coburg.Adrian Whitehead from Community Action for the Climate Emergency (CACE) also joins us to talk about two upcoming climate emergency forums. The first is on May 29 at...

Duration: 00:50:03

City Limits - Connecting with others street by street and the rebirth of Housing for the Aged Action Group

In this episode we meet Irene Hopper from an initiative called Street By Street which is aimed at helping people in their local neighbourhoods connect with each other to the betterment of themselves and the community at large. Their website is streetbystreet.org.auWe also talk to April Bragge about the dispute (and its successful conclusion) at Housing for the Aged Action Group.

Duration: 00:54:52

City Limits - If you can't trust the E.P.A who can you trust?

This week we interview long-term community activist (and former Moonee Valley citizen of the year) Helen Van Den Berg regarding the proposed reforms of the E.P.A.What are the wider implications of these reforms and how will it impact the efforts of community activists to initiate change?

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Christine Harris of Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group reports on the community forum on April 27 about demanding a review of TransUrban's 'unsolicited proposal' for the Western Distributor that will lock in the west to trucks on local roads and tolls. Community groups across Melbourne are vigorously protesting the propspect of the mega freeway tunnel project which has no strategic planning basis. Public Transport guru John McPherson talks about the effects of the Victorian...

Duration: 00:56:07

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On April 26, 2017, Dave Kerin, Earthworker Founder, spoke about the rally planned for Friday, 28 April to save Queen Victoria Markets from redevelopment. It runs from 11.30 to 1pm. 513 Elizabeth Street. Professor Patrick Moriarty, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University spoke about the future of energy sources such as fossil and renewable.

Duration: 00:56:48

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City Limits 19-4-17 Kevin's guest today is Howard Marosi, they discuss whats happening in public housing(Ashburton) and also a social housing estate in Preston and they also touch on land tax. In the second half of the show City Limits has Jeff Fielder from HAAG join us in the studio talking about the current housing crisis and the expansion of their service now moving into the Geelong region.

Duration: 00:59:56

City Limits - Earth Laws and the Challenges of Disability and Transport

In this week's City Limits we replay a fantastic interview that was on Earth Matters on April 2 with the director of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Michelle Maloney. Michelle discusses how the Australian Earth Law Alliance stems from global movements for Earth justice, led by first nations people and advocates for system change in governance and the law.In the second half we interview filmmaker Aaron Scheibner about his pending documentary Little Tramsformation on how disability is...

Duration: 00:48:17

City Limits - What happens when infrastructure cannot keep up?

In this episode we are joined by John McPherson to discuss the lack of investment in public transport infrastructure in Melbourne and the wider implications that this may have. John is a former vice president of the Public Transport Users Association and several times advisor to the government (who ignored him totally).

Duration: 00:51:16

Age discrimination in the workforce

We speak to Prof. Philip Taylor, professor of Human Resources Management at Federation University and Marilyn King, founder of WOW, Willing Older Workers. Prof Taylor has researched issues of ageing for more than 30 years and speaks of his views on both age and youth discrmination and how he believes it occurs more often at recruitment stage rather than in the workplace itself. Marilyn King speaks about the need for employers to implement a mentoring program where mature age and younger...

Duration: 00:57:08

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