Friday, February 14, 2014

Pedestrian / Community Safety '24-hour cool centres during heatwaves in Darebin, Melbourne to be costed by Darebin Council Northcote Leader Feb. 13th 2014 & Herald Sun

"...at least four Darebin residents died as a result of the mid-January heatwave and a Monash University heatwave map released last week revealed Northcote, Preston and Reservoir among the most at-risk suburbs in ­Melbourne."

"A Monash University heatwave vulnerability map revealed people in the inner north were more at risk than other areas in Melbourne due to housing types, lack of tree cover, age, health and socio-economic status."

Councillors unanimously supported Rucker Ward Greens Cr Trent McCarthy’s call for a report outlining the costs of establishing 24-hour community cool centres in at least three air-conditioned council premises during future heatwaves.




Unanimous vote kickstarts bid for 24-hour cool centres in Darebin during heatwaves



Anastasia Kanjere provides some cool relief for Darebin Cr Trent McCarthy on High Street. Pictures: Derrick den Hollander
Anastasia Kanjere provides some cool relief for Darebin Cr Trent McCarthy on High Street. Pictures: Derrick den Hollander Source: News Limited
COMMUNITY cool centres would be set up to protect vulnerable residents during heatwaves under a Darebin Council proposal.
The plan comes after at least four Darebin residents died as a result of the mid-January heatwave and a Monash University heatwave map released last week revealed Northcote, Preston and Reservoir among the most at-risk suburbs in ­Melbourne.
Councillors unanimously supported Rucker Ward Greens Cr Trent McCarthy’s call for a report outlining the costs of establishing 24-hour community cool centres in at least three air-conditioned council premises during future heatwaves.
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“We already have a register of local people who are highly vulnerable to heat stress so we should be doing much more to keep them alive,” Cr McCarthy said.
“Our maternal child health, aged care and home help services know where vulnerable and isolated people live and how to collect them during a heatwave.”
He proposed free transport to and from the cool centres for residents identified as vulnerable, as well as free entertainment, water and other refreshments.
Reservoir’s Anastasia Kanjere said cool centres were a great idea and she would have welcomed such a place during the mid-January heatwave.
“I’m six months pregnant and in the heatwave I felt as if I was going to faint,” Ms Kanjere said.
“I was worried because if I did fall over, it wouldn’t be great for the baby.”
A Monash University heatwave vulnerability map revealed people in the inner north were more at risk than other areas in Melbourne due to housing types, lack of tree cover, age, health and socio-economic status.

http://m.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/unanimous-vote-kickstarts-bid-for-24hour-cool-centres-in-darebin-during-heatwaves/story-fnglenug-1226824769353

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