Archive:  Australian Conservation Foundation

Last Updated  14/12/10


Australian Conservation Foundation [ACF] Releases "Better Than Growth: The New Economics Of Genuine Progress and Quality Of Life"

(13/8/10 - E)  Aha, someone gets it!  Also, check out the ACF's environmental scorecard for the Federal election. 


The Australian Conservation Foundation last week released Better Than Growth: The New Economics Of Genuine Progress and Quality Of Life, a primer for policy innovation. 


Better than Growth” sets out a path for Australia to transform our economy into one that is truly sustainable. The report was launched on 5 August 2010 at a lecture called “What is the World Worth: Putting Nature on the Balance Sheet” with keynote speaker, Pavan Sukhdev.  Pavan is a leading international economist who heads up the United Nations Environment Programme’s Green Economy Initiative, as well as the G8 project The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity. 


Better Than Growth is a 40 page document and you can access it through the following link:

Better than Growth: The New Economics of Genuine Progress and Quality of Life, a primer for policy innovation.


You can also see the ACF's Federal election scorecard on environment by going to:



Australian Conservation Foundation Serves Up "Consumption Atlas" : See How Places Perform On Water Use, Eco-Footprint and Greenhouse Pollution...

(12/7/07 - E) Macedon Ranges isn't performing as well as it should


If you go to the ACF's website (, you can check on how Macedon Ranges is doing on using resources wisely and treading with a light step on the environment.  The results come packaged in the same format as Australian Bureau of Statistics' census districts, with three sub-areas in the Shire: Kyneton, Romsey and Balance (Gisborne and Woodend).  The figures were prepared through the University of Sydney.  You can read more about how they were arrived at on ACF's website.  Consumption is broken down into a profile of where the biggest impacts are for each category.


MRRA did have a quick look and it seems that as a community we may need to work harder - particularly some of us!


  Greenhouse Pollution Water Use Eco Footprint
  Average tonnes per person per year Litres per person per year Hectares required to supply a person's lifestyle demands
Nation 18.9 722,500 6.4 ha
State (Vic) 19.3 750,000 6.03 ha
Macedon Ranges      
Balance 19.04 710,000 6.07 ha
Romsey 17.75 650,000 5.79 ha
Kyneton 18.18 660,000 5.82 ha


MRRA Says:


Well done Romsey (i.e. Riddells Creek, Romsey, Cherokee, Lancefield, Monegeetta, Darraweit, Bolinda)!!   Kyneton (Kyneton, Malmsbury, Carlsruhe, Tylden, Lauriston, Baynton, Pastoria, Spring Hill) can no doubt improve more and will go further ahead, but cripes, take a look at the Balance area... 


Good grief, you aren't going to let those Romsey-types and Kyneton-types grab the prizes, are you?  A bit of sock-lifting seems in order, so go to it Balance area (Woodend, Gisborne, New Gisborne, South Gisborne, Barringo, Bullengarook, Macedon, Mt. Macedon, Newham, Hesket, and Ashbourne). 


The State of Victoria might want to pull its finger out, as well.