Archive for May, 2008

Research – Pathways to community participation report by The Benevolent Society

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on May 30th, 2008

This report listed below was found on the Australian Policy Online newsletter and thought it might interest the Sustainable Melbourne audience.

Jarrah Hoffmann-Ekstein / The Benevolent Society
The Communities for Children initiative sets out to “provide communities with the opportunity to identify and resolve their own issues”. As a result, many Communities for Children programs focus on engaging families in community activities. This paper examines the benefits of community participation for children, families and communities; then goes on to look at the challenges associated with encouraging participation in communities experiencing social exclusion. The paper provides best practice principles for service providers on building pathways to community participation. These are drawn from practitioner interviews and case studies. Most of these community participation initiatives focus on adults rather than children.

Research – “Carbon use in poor Victorian households by local government area” research by The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on May 30th, 2008

This report listed below was found on the Australian Policy Online newsletter and thought it might interest the Sustainable Melbourne audience.

Bill Unkles and Janet Stanley / Brotherhood of St Laurence
As the imposition of a carbon price is planned to encourage movement away from carbon-based energy, this mapping exercise illustrates the uneven pattern of carbon use by poor households across Melbourne and across Victoria. The pattern is largely related to transport and urban planning issues. The findings point to the need for policies which will offset the regressive impact of a carbon price, to ensure that disadvantaged households are not unfairly penalised.

'I'd Love to Start Again and Get it Right' by Thomas Hawk

Event – Environmental Careers Workshop, 9 July

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on May 29th, 2008

Ever wondered how to get a foot in the door of the environmental industry? What qualities and qualifications employers are looking for? Where to go for this kind of advice???

Environmental Jobs Network (EJN), Square Peg Careers & Principal Consulting have teamed up to bring you the answers to all your questions in a series of Environmental Careers Workshops! These informative workshops are jam-packed with advice to get you started in the environmental industry!

For more information please visit:

Date: Wednesday 9th July 2008
Time: 6:15pm-8pm 
Where: Theatre Room 6, Level 2, 140 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: $44 inclusive of GST

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Places are strictly limited and going fast!. To book email teresa or visit
Credit cards accepted, no door sales.

Many thanks
Teresa Day – Eco Co-ordinator – Environmental Jobs Network

Local Action – Streets Ahead: Supporting children to get active in their neighbourhoods by VicHealth

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on May 28th, 2008

Various studies have shown that the neighbourhood environment can be an extremely important component to enable children to attain the necessary level of physical activity. The more time children are able to spend outdoors, the more they are likely to be physically active.

The main aim of Streets Ahead is to increase physical activity in children aged 4 to12 years through active transport. Streets Ahead builds on the successes of VicHealth’s Walking School Bus to allow for the development of more comprehensive and flexible childrens independent mobility demonstration projects in six communities. Streets Ahead will support communities to create supportive environments that enhance childrens active transport and independent mobility in all aspects of their community life, including to and from school.

Successful Applicants
VicHealth has funded six councils to implement the Streets Ahead program from July 2008 to June 2011:

  • Greater Bendigo City Council
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Darebin City Council
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Wodonga

'Children Crossing' by wiccked

Event – The 3rd Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference: Housing Research for a Sustainable Affordable Future, 18 – 20 June

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on May 27th, 2008

The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from Australian, New Zealand and international universities, industry, government and industry sector research units to present research findings and analyse contemporary issues in housing policy research.

Hosted by RMIT University and supported by the Global Cities Institute and the Victorian Government, this conference promises to build on the success of the last two and address the challenges facing researchers in an environment where housing issues are increasingly the focus for business, government and welfare groups.

Date: Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 June
Location: Rydges on Swanston, Swanston St, Carlton

Workshop – Cultivating Sustainability: Behaviour Change Tools for Sustainability Advocates

Posted in Events by timc on May 27th, 2008

Friday June 20th, 9am-4pm
60L Building, 60 Leicester St, Carlton

Cultivating Sustainability is a 1-day workshop which provides sustainability advocates with insights, models and tools to trigger the psychological drivers of sustainable behaviour.

If you have taken on the challenge of promoting sustainable behaviour, this workshop will assist you to

  • Understand the drivers of behaviour change
  • Identify what people need in order to embrace sustainability
  • Target your efforts and resources to the points of most leverage
  • Incorporate psychological principles to your sustainability programs
  • Communicate about sustainability more effectively.

Presented by Tim Cotter, a psychologist specialising in behaviour change in organisational and environmental settings.

$120 Individuals/Community Groups
$200 Not for profits/Govt
$250 Corporates/For profit

To register, or for more information, go to

or email

Event – The Second International Food and Thought Mela, 21 June

Posted in Events, Visions by Ferne Edwards on May 26th, 2008

The Second International Food and Thought Mela is part-celebration, part-dialogue about critical issues and practical local responses to food production, climate change and a sustainable future. ‘Mela is the Sanskrit word for a festival or fair. In this tradition, the Food and Thought Mela is a chance for people to come together to share good food and talk.

The theme of this years Mela is ‘Food, Community and the Future. It will include an exciting list of local and international guests including scholars
from India, Ecuador and the USA, as well as RMITs Globalism Research Centre.

The Mela will be framed by a keynote address by Ecuadorian ecologist Carlos Zorilla and conclude with a formal dinner, featuring special guest presenter
Rod Quantock. The Mela is an initiative of the Local-Global research project team. The first one, held two years ago, attracted around 300 people.

This years Mela will be held at the RMIT Hamilton campus and Hamilton institute of Rural Learning on Saturday 21 June.

For more information and registration form please visit

Review & Seeking Responses – Report Back on Melbourne Social Forum’s “Eating, moving, living: Pathways to sustainable urban planning, transport and food production” event

Posted in Events, Seeking by Ferne Edwards on May 23rd, 2008

The Mini MSF titled “Eating, moving, living: Pathways to sustainable urban planning, transport and food production™” was held on Saturday 5th April 2008 at the Port Phillip EcoCentre. The Melbourne Social Forum are pleased to report that the 2008 mini Melbourne Social Forum was a success.

* If you attended, please send your feedback to info

Between 80 to 100 people attended to hear our speakers present on food, urban planning and public transport issues. The band, The Conch stole the show at lunch time and had everyone grooving and tapping along with their unique sound and political lyrics. The authentic Mexican vegetarian lunch time feast was enjoyed by all and the engage media film festival screened some interesting documentaries and ran until people were ready for home.

The speaking sessions on food, transport and urban planning were well attended and there was some excellent exchange between the speakers and audience.

The event was filmed by crew from Plug-in TV and we hope to have some content on the internet soon for you to download and watch.

The MSF would like to thank our speakers, the City of Port Phillip and the Port Phillip EcoCentre for their support in holding the event.

Sustainable Wines offer at the Sustainable Cities Round Table!

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, Sustainable Cities Round Tables, Visions by Ferne Edwards on May 23rd, 2008

As part of the upcoming Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems this Wednesday 28 May, Elgo Estate Wines Pty Ltd has kindly offered a discounted Sustainable Cities Round Tables Wine Tasting pack at the Special Price of $12.95 per bottle! To enjoy sustainable wines that “don’t cost the earth!” follow this link:

Grant Taresch, Director of Elgo Estate Wines, will also be speaking at the upcoming Sustainable Cities Wine Table and we will also be serving their wine at the event. For more information visit See below for details about the Sustainable Cities Round Table, 28 May.

The Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), and VicUrban would like to invite you to:

The Sustainable Cities Round Table – SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS
6:30 – 8:30pm including drinks, Wednesday 28 May
Melba Hall, Ground Floor, Conservatorium Building (near Gate 12), Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
RSVP essential to or call 8344 9268
Proudly supported by VicUrban

The Sustainable Cities Round Tables showcase local environmental initiatives and encourage networking for people working in urban sustainability issues. In addition to our 3 minute presentations of people from the public, private and community sectors, we will also be featuring music accompaniment by pianist Dave Newington, an exhibition of RMIT University students’ work on food in cities, and networking and drinks. The theme for the next event is “sustainable food systems”.

Speakers include:
Dr Maarten Stapper, BioLogic AgFood
Kirsten Larsen, VEIL Report: Sustainable and Secure Food Systems
Mary Stewart: Insights into the food retail and wholesale sectors
Marika Wagner, Water for food petition
Ferne Edwards, VEIL: Mapping meals in metropolis
Michael Chew, Environment Victoria: Scoping the Fruit Peddler project
Marcus Godhino, CEO, One Umbrella: Two Million Meals
Mikhil Kotak, Co- founder, Tiffins
Grant Taresh, Elgo Estate Wines Pty Ltd
Chris Ryan, VEIL: From Jim’s mowing to Jim’s sowing

RSVP essential to fedwards

Elgo Estate Map

Click for Sustainable Cities Round Table Wine Tasting Offer

Event – The World’s Ecological Footprint Sustainable Living Challenge Finalé – World Environment Day! 5 June

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on May 22nd, 2008

The average Australian needs about 4 planets to sustain their lifestyle. This is on average about 7.6 hectares of land each to provide the resources and dispose of all the waste we produce. This measurement is called our “ecological footprint” and it tells us we are consuming resources faster than they are produced or renewed. The Ecological Footprint seminar will challenge our thinking about our day to day life choices and explore how small changes can make a big difference to planet earth. Join EPA and Sustainability Victoria’s Margot Finn as we transport around the world in search of Manningham’s place on the ecological footprint ladder.

Homework: All participants are encouraged to complete the EPA personal ecological footprint calculator (one for each member of the family) —

Instructions: Please use the middle personal ecological footprint calculator that doesn’t require flash (10 mins). When you have finished your calculation click on the “email a friend” button (on the results page). Please email your results to Nigel Philpot— Nigel.philpot All individual results will be kept in confidence, only averages will be used as part of the evenings presentation.

Time & Date: 6.45—9.00pm, Thursday 5 June, 2008. (World Environment Day)
Bookings Essential: 9840 9129 or eepadmin
Where: Manningham City Council Chambers, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.

~~~Free Ecological Footprint Gift Pack for all those who participate on the night!~~~

Nigel Philpot

Environmental Education and Community Capacity Building Officer

Manningham City Council

ph: 03 9840 9173

Ecological Footprint - Measuring out impact on the environment