Category Archives: Government (local)

Local councils have an instrumental role in responding to oil depletion – because it is the tier of government closest to people at the street level. Peak Oil means local councils need to plan early for sharply rising oil prices. They can help to build resilience into local communities in multiple ways.

Why are petrol prices being buried by government?

The bad news we bring you today is that this document, owned by the people of Tasmania, has been pulled from the state government’s websites so you can no longer get it from there. Continue reading

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How to approach your local council

How can your local council respond to peak oil in the best possible way?

Some councils are large and well resourced. Others less so. Some may have already taken steps to address the issue. Most have not done so yet. Some will be much more impacted by peak oil than will others.

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What can Tasmanian local councils do?

The decline of global oil production will radically change the way our societies are run: our transport systems, how we produce food, where we work and live.

Here’s a basic checklist for anybody who wishes to influence local government as to the multiple ways that councils are able to respond to the Peak Oil issue.

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Peak Oil Forum – July 2

This forum was a follow-up to a successful public forum held in 2010. Since then it has become evident that the most responsive arm of government to pressing oil depletion issues has been local government, which has close links with affected communities and businesses.

To receive a summary of proceedings, please email info@peakoiltas.org.
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Peak oil & local government

Local councils have a vital role to play in anticipating oil depletion and protecting their local communities and economies from its impacts. Every individual Tasmanian is directly linked to local government in a variety of ways, so local government represents the most direct pathway to building resilience in the face of peak oil. Continue reading

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Peak oil and planning

Past planning and real estate practice have separated out large areas of land for a single use – such as residential or industrial – and so have increased many journeys beyond walking and cycling distances. This pattern of land use assumes mass car mobility, cheap fuel and huge public expenditures on road building and maintenance. he reality is that cheap fuel is coming to an end and many Tasmanians will not want to, or will be unable to, travel everywhere by car in future. […] Continue reading

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