Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra

In the lead up to Christmas the employers must be getting a tad nervy about finding staff. They keep advertising. We know the feeling. Good talent is hard to find in publishing, as in sustainability. The trick is to get in early, snap them up. Then hang onto them.

On the other hand not everyone sees it that way. There’s the slightly unnerving story in the Newcastle Herald yesterday that describes how four senior planners had recently been let go, quite suddenly… and not because they were poor performers, it seems. After all we know how desperately good planners, or any planners, are sought these days. Here’s a taste of what the paper said:

“At the very least the Department of Planning does a poor job of terminating the services of its senior managers.

“As is clear now, after four executives or senior managers have spoken to the Newcastle Herald since November 20, the end is sudden, no explanations are given, and they follow periods during which the employees have raised serious issues about alleged corruption, maladministration and risks.”

The department denies any connection with the spot of whistleblowing going on, of course, but that did not appease this particular Novacastrian from the fourth estate.

You can see all the details here. Mining, coal and the Independent Commission Against Corruption are mentioned.

Meanwhile, those who remain focused on the positive side of sustainability keep plugging away.

And here’s an interesting twist, there’s a mineload of job creation available in liquefied and natural gas industries if they want to reduce their rapidly rising carbon pollution, as they should.

According to the Conservation Council of WA, it’s time LNG sector “WA’s largest polluter” took more serious note of Australia’s international obligations under the Paris Agreement.

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said independent analysis from RepuTex Energy shows around 4000 new jobs would be created in land management, renewable energy, and other industries if the LNG industry offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

“While the cost of tackling LNG pollution represents just a few per cent of LNG companies’ mega profits, it represents an enormous source of jobs and benefits for Western Australians. All of these jobs and benefits can be captured here in Western Australia,” Verstegen says.

And while these mad and dangerous clowns in the fossil fuel industry continue to hang themselves with their appalling behavior, here’s a few jobs on offer on the right side of the economy and politics that caught our eye this week.

The Northern Beaches Council in Sydney needs a new director of environment and sustainability to lead the environment and sustainability division, which consists of two business units: environment and climate and waste management.

The Australian National University in Canberra has a new research program called Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific, and needs a chief operations officer to administer it. ANU won $10 million in funding over five years for this program though the university’s Grand Challenge Scheme. The funding will go towards interdisciplinary research to underpin a transformation in the way Australia trades with the world and with the Asia Pacific, based on renewable energy.

A new sustainability manager is needed to manage and lead the sustainability performance for all works on one of CPB Contractor’s major Sydney projects.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment is seeking a manager energy, market transition to provide policy advice on energy market transition issues and contributes to the review and development of legislation, regulations and policy to ensure the timely delivery of the governments priorities with regards to the energy market transition.

The ACT Climate Change Council, which advises the minister for climate change and sustainability on matters relating to climate change, is looking for a minimum of four to a maximum of six new council members.

The minister is seeking representation from the following interests and knowledge areas:

  • business
  • people who are socially or financially disadvantaged
  • climate change science
  • environmental management
  • building sector
  • social analysis
  • transport sector
  • energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Applications close on Friday December 2018. 

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