Archive for June, 2008

Seeking entries – The People & Planet International Photo Competition – due 4 July

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on June 30th, 2008

1st Prize: A$1,500
2nd Prize: A$750
3rd Prize: $A250

The People & Planet International Photo Competition is a new competition open to photographers anywhere in the world. The aim is to select 55 photos to be published in the 2009 People & Planet: Social Justice & Environment Diary, which raises money for Australian non-profit organisations. We’re looking for 55 images of people, places or things which tell a story about a social-justice or environment issue. The best 55 photos will be published in People & Planet 2009, so it’s a great chance to have your photos published and achieve international fame!

All submitted photos must be accompanied by 2-5 sentences describing the image and the social-justice or environment issues which are raised by the photo. Photos will be assessed jointly with the accompanying description.

The People & Planet International Photo Competition is open to everyone, and we particularly encourage people living in the developing world to enter.

You can submit up to 4 photos per entrant. Full competition and entry details can be found at Entries Close July 4.

People and Planet

Event – Climate Emergency Rally – 5 July

Posted in Events, Movements, Policies by Ferne Edwards on June 30th, 2008

Please find details below about an upcoming Climate Emergency Rally.There’s a long list of environmental agencies supporting this rally – see the list at

Climate emergency rally: No desalination plant, No new freeway [tunnel], Stop dredging the bay – Brumby & Rudd get serious! July 5
Renewable Energy not coal power
Public Transport not freeways
No desalination plant

Join the Climate Emergency Rally on July 5 to send a wake up call to state and federal governments. New coal, new freeways and expanding sea freight, and desalination plants all increase our use of fossil fuels at a time when we must cut back dramatically. We must halt these irresponsible projects, and demand real action on climate change. Speakers will start at 1pm (including Senator Bob Brown) before we March to Alexandra Gardens.

We call on all community groups and individuals to join us to send this important message to the government. We are going to form a 140-metre-long human sign to spell the words “CLIMATE EMERGENCY”.

Full details at:


Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on June 30th, 2008

For Artists, Directors, Producers, Community Activists and Local Government Cultural Workers

Humans have held celebrations since the beginning of time because they are essential for a healthy community, without them we are lost in the ordinary.” Neil Cameron

Sunday 27th July – 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 3rd August – 10:00 – 4:00
The two weekends are progressive (refreshments included ) $121 Full / $99 conc (single workshop), $231 Full / $187 conc (both workshops), (CERES members concession price)

Neil Cameron is well known for his commitment to cultural development and is one of Australia’s leading authorities on the role that festivals and celebrations play in a healthy community. His impressive career spans over thirty years both nationally and internationally, and CERES is proud to invite him to share his knowledge with our community. To do this, he has agreed to take time from his study (a doctorate on celebration and festivals at Flinders University) to present these rewarding workshops for the first time in Melbourne.

The workshop will inspire and give a contextual and archetypal “toolkit” with which to vision artistic ideas which have a relationship to community and environment. He uses myth, the arts, archetype, anthropology, cultural development theories and cognitive studies to determine what happens to people in cultural experience and celebration, thereby designing enriching festivals and events.

CERES has staged over 15 award winning festivals including the Return of the Sacred Kingfisher and Harvest Festivals. CERES is a 4- hectare community environment park which has the experience in staging small and large scale outdoor successful community celebrations and is committed to developing, exploring, and making innovative community arts.

Selection of Neil Cameron’s projects:

  • RECOVERY EVENT. Theatre project victims of Mt Macedon bush fire 1983
  • CELEBRATION OF WELCOME. Group devised theatre with Vietnamese community, Melbourne 1984
  • FIVE SEASONS. The first Yarra River Parade for Moomba with the western suburbs of Melbourne. 1985
  • THE MELBOURNE PEACE VIGIL. An international peace festival sponsored by the Melbourne City Council. 1986
  • WOLF IN THE FOLD. Theatre for the physically disabled. Sydney 1989
  • RIVER OF DREAMS. Theatre event with the Pitjinjara people & community on the Todd River. 1990
  • MACBETH IN THE KATHERINE GORGE. Theatre with the community of Katherine. 1991
  • FESTIVAL OF JOURNEYS. An event at Port Arthur to reclaim the massacre site for local people 1997
  • MALENY/WOODFORD FESTIVAL. Large community event staged over fourteen years celebrating New Year. 1989- 2002
  • FESTIVAL OF VOICES. Choral Festival in Tasmania 2005

Proceeds go toward staging the 16th annual Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival Saturday 29th of November 2008.

For more information please contact CERES festivals and events Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sts, East Brunswick. Tram No: 96 (last stop): Merri Creek Bike Path: Melways Ref: 30 B7 See for more information, including an
organic café, market, nursery and education centre.

'Brilliant Festival Colours' by Kristal Mcallister

Event – Environmental Careers Workshop – 9 July

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on June 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!

Join us for an hour of presentations, group discussion, and Q&A time with recruitment and career professionals from the environmental sector. The session will offer insights into the Australian environmental jobs market, along with more detailed strategies to successfully develop your own career. Stick around afterwards for an opportunity to make connections with other individuals interested in this dynamic sector.

Cover charge includes EJN’s EnviroPLUCK DVD <>, packed with career advice & information, tips & hints.

Date: Wednesday 9 July 2008
Time: 6:15pm-8pm
Where: Theatre Room 6, Level 2, 140 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: $44 inclusive of GST
Places are strictly limited and going fast!
Email teresa to book your place

Event & Resource – The Climate Action Calendar – sign up now!

Posted in Events, Movements by Ferne Edwards on June 29th, 2008

Monique Decortis compiles an excellent fortnightly newsletter for people who are especially interested in climate change related events. The Climate Action Calendar covers local events in the greater area of Melbourne, Melbourne City based events and major events elsewhere in Victoria and other places. If you wish to subscribe to the calendar please email Monique decortis with “subscribe CAC” in the subject bar. Please find below the attached Climate Action Calendar for July.

Climate Action Calendar for July

'another day, another calandar' by queenvanna

Event – Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group Monday July 7, 6.30 pm: TREC

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on June 29th, 2008

Topic: The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC), and its applicability to the Australian context
Speaker: Stewart Taggart, director Aquasol Infrastructure and Administrator of TREC Australia
Where: Kindness House, 2nd floor, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Monday July 7, 6.30 pm

This month, the Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group will again focus on Concentrated Solar Power, but this time in the context of a bold plan to harness Australia’s solar resource to supply a large portion of our energy needs.

The Trans- Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) was formed by the Club of Rome and the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation in 2003. It promotes the idea of supplying renewable energy to Europe via high voltage direct current transmission lines (HVDC) from the immense solar and wind resources of the deserts in North Africa in the Middle East. The plan has many advantages, including reducing the variability of these energy sources by wide geographic dispersion, and enabling these regions to become exporters of clean energy.

It is supported by the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the German Green Party, the German Physics society, The German Advisory Council on Global Change, Greenpeace and Prince Hassan Bin Al Talal of Jordan. The German Aerospace Centre (DRL) has done several major studies on it’s viability.

Our guest speaker via telephone link-up from Sydney will be Stewart Taggart. Stewart is a director of Acquasol Infrastructure Ltd, a developer of environmentally friendly power and water projects. He is also Australian administrator of TREC Australia, or “Clean Energy From Deserts,” Stewart will give the group an overview of European TREC, and talk about how this concept could be adapted to the Australian context.

Further Reading
For general information on TREC see;


Resource – The Food Gardener’s Alliance

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

Please find more information below about which relates to another of our presenters, Marika Wagner from the Food Gardeners Alliance, who recently featured at the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Sustainable Food Systems.

Food Gardeners Alliance: Friends of the Vegie Patch.

Who are we?
An alliance of horticulturists, educators, home and community gardeners. (See below for more details of who has been involved)

What do we want to do?
Support the rights of all Victorians to grow their own food locally. For Environment, health & community.

How did we form?
During summer one Melbourne gardener, Marika Wagner, was struggling to look after her vegie patch under the somewhat arbitrary water restriction regime. Two watering times a week are not adequate to keep vegetables alive during a Melbourne summer. Marika is renting her inner suburban home, and it is particularly difficult for those renting, and also for those on a low income or using a community garden plot to keep growing their veggies during summer. These people don’t have ready access to water tanks and other systems , as they are either out of reach financially, or not worthwhile installing in a temporary situation. .

Marika decided that some concessions, such as use of buckets on extra days, were necessary for vegetable growing, so then she decided to do something about it.

She collected over 3,000 signatures on a petition to state government about water restrictions, and gathered together a wide range of gardeners and horticulturalists to help find solutions for gardeners. We started off calling ourselves Friends of the Vegie Patch, but then decided that the Food Gardeners Alliance was more descriptive of what we wanted to do

  • as we are a diverse group meeting together to find ways to enable people to grow their own food . The first step seems to be establishing more equitable water access.

Why Grow our Own Food?
There are many reasons why we should grow our own vegetables:

  • Reducing our contributions to climate change. By reducing food miles. Our current food transport system contributes significantly adds to carbon emissions. ( for example, the food for a typical meal can travell more than 2, 0 00km). And also by reducing chemical input and energy needs during production.
  • Water Efficiency. Home grown food has been shown to be more water efficient than broadscale agriculture.
  • Fresh, chemical free food
  • Community Health, Social and Cultural benefits. . To many people, growing food is part of their culture and many culturally significant foods need to be home grown as they are not available in supermarkets. Encourages children to eat fruit and veg, is a healthy, active outdoor activity, tackle childhood obesity
  • Food shortages & increased prices. Home grown food is more economical for families.

What Have we been doing?
We are working together with community, government and organisations to resolve issues such as developing guidelines for sensible water use and bringing to the forefront the needs and benefits local food production.”

  • We have brought together Garden Experts to discuss solutions to these problems in a number of meetings
  • We have developed some suggestions on how to modify water restrictions to enable people to grow their own food, while still conserving water.
  • Petition. The Water for Produce petition elicited an enthusiastic response. It was tabled in the Victorian Parlaiment on Thursday 13th M arch 2008 by Steve Herbert with 3271 signatures. Another 265 tabled later.
  • Media. We have been part of a lot of discussion in the media generated by this issue.
  • Government –We are keen use our expertise and experience to work with government to determine the best options . A number of politicians have been contacted about this issue. Colleen Hartland, Craig Ingram, Carlo Carli, Steve Herbert have all shown interest in this issue.

What are our plans?
To help develop a response to water restrictions which will make it possible to maintain a vegie patch, while still being water efficient.
We are keen to raise the issue with the public, and also with politicians
There are plans to hold a public forum in September, and also a parliamentary forum on this issue in Ausust.
Colleen Hartland of the Greens is tabling a motion to parliament.
In the future we also want to be supportive of other issues which affect home and community food growers, and provide a network of interested individuals and organisations.

Who is involved?
Individual home produce gardeners, horticulturalists and Landscape Designers.
Individuals from Sustainable Gardening Australia, Cultivating Communities, Diggers Seeds, Nursery & Garden Industry Victoria, Bulleen Art and Garden, Collingwood Childrens Farm, Dept of Horticulture & Environment, Swinburne, CERES, North East Ranges Permaculture, Friends of the Earth Real Food Group, Holmgren Design Services, School of Physics, University of Melbourne, Emcor Nursery, Community Representatives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Manningham Council, Frankston Food For All Advisory Group, Moreland Food Access Project, garden presenters Kevin Walsh, Jane Edmanson,and a number of others

Are there others we should include????

Please contact me if you want further information.

Creator of Water for Produce Petition

'Silent Gardener' by Randy Mora

Model – And even more good news about Sustainability Street!

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on June 26th, 2008

Please see a message below from the Vox Bandicoot team.

Sustainability Street … Its A Village Out There, Business Streams, SeeOS workplace training, the ecological fingerprint, Sustainability Live, Clockwork. ecological*fingerprint … optimism & inspiration through commitment making

Hi All,

Some fantastic coverage today in the Sydney Morning Herald, which has really captured the Sustainability Street Approach kernel. Check the link:–one-street-at-a-time/2008/06/03/1212258826353.html

If youd like to get to know a bit more about this program, please also check our website or get a program manual online

Yours Sincerely
Vox team,
Vox Bandicoot Pty Ltd

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
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Events – Wintery workshops at CERES, July & August

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on June 25th, 2008

Please find some workshops being held at CERES over the coming months. The next round of workshops will be in spring.


Soil food Web systems With Chris Ennis
Date: Sunday 13th July 2008
Time: 10am—4pm
$88/$77 CERES members /conc

Inspired by the work of Dr Elaine Ingham, learn about the soil food web and how to work with beneficial micro-organisms to create a healthy and productive farm or garden. This course uses the history of our local soils to help you understand the soil food web and demonstrates simple tools to create the right soil biology for the types of plants you want to grow.

Camembert Cheese
Date: Sunday 13th July 2008
Time: 10am – 3pm
$150/$130 CERES members/conc

Blessed are the Cheesemakers! ! In this hands on workshop you will learn to make soft cheeses. You will make your own Camembert, Quarg and Mascarpone cheese. There will also be a demonstration making Ricotta cheese. Taste the yummy samples of the days efforts.

Hard Cheese
Date: Sunday 10th August 2008
Time: 10am – 3pm
$150/$130 CERES members/conc

The Chessemakers are still blessed!!! In this hands on workshop you will learn to make a small hard Romano style cheese and yoghurt. There will also be a demonstration making Ricotta cheese. And of course lots of taste testing!!

To make a booking please contact Reception on 9387 2609

'cheese making' by dustpanalley

Model – Sustainability Street update – Newlands

Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on June 25th, 2008

Please find below some more news about the wonderful local work with the Sustainability Street program!

Another SSA Village SnapShot
The Sustainability Street Approach – Newlands
Sounds like a plan.

“Eating and Meeting” is a staple of Sustainability Street. Newlands got together for a BBQ and planning session last week.

Sam Starr, Sustainability Streets “Entertainer in Residence” kept the kids happy so their parents could concentrate on devising a few projects to strengthen the community and help the environment. Not content with one project, the group decided on a range of projects.

  • A community market
  • A kitchen garden – working with Newlands Primary
  • Community data base / intranet to allow; skill share, tool share, car pooling, book swapping
  • Area history group to record local history
  • Nature strip plantings
  • Linking with and assisting local advocacy groups.

Then it was “hands up, names down” because a project is only as good as the people who make them happen. Stay tuned for project updates.

*The Four Stages of The Sustainability Street Approach are,

MULCH – Lifelong learning for sustainability
GROW – Do it and measure it,
HARVEST – Feel proud and celebrate,

Sustainability Street