Archive for July, 2009

Real Food Film Nights

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 31st, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

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It’s time to reconnect with our food and the planet over some hot soup and some wonderful new films on food issues. We’ll revisit drawbacks of industrial farming, the food crisis and highlight the bright solutions taking shape around the globe. Discuss the latest updates on new and old food campaigns, plus you’ll be given the opportunity to take some action of your own through letter writing, petitions, postcards and maybe a visit to the supermarket or a bit of local digging!  Friends of the Earth Real Food Campaign.

Freshcelebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing their food system. Progressing from the industrial model, food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity to forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Screening Tue 4 Aug 6.30pm

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Sustainable Living Project Officer

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 30th, 2009

Source: Ethical Jobs


For the past three years Environment Victoria and the Australian Conservation Foundation have partnered to deliver sustainability programs in regional Victoria. For the next twelve months, our programs will be delivered in the central Gippsland area, and we are looking to employ a local Project Officer to provide support to our programs.

Applications close: 04 August, 2009.

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Food Futures: an Australian approach

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 29th, 2009

Source: Rural Climate Network

Food futures Conference

Abstracts and conference registrations are invited for the PHAA conference, Food Futures: An Australian Approach, 20-21 April 2010 in Canberra.

Concerns about the relationship between food and the food system, nutrition, and population health are part of the motivation for the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) to facilitate a national conference seeking an overarching approach to food policy that looks well into the future. Although health may be the driver for the PHAA, any such national policy or approach must also take into account issues such as agriculture, scientific research, production and manufacture, environment, retail and community concerns, to appropriately encompass all aspects of food.

Abstract submission closes October 5

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Local Gov’t Sustainable Development: Conference

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on July 28th, 2009


The 4th Annual Local Government Sustainable Development Conference will showcase leading edge examples of outstanding environmental initiatives by Australian local governments.

Tuesday 18th – Wednesday 19th August
The Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne

This conference is designed to assist local government practitioners to identify, plan and implement best-practice sustainable development solutions, particularly related to reducing the carbon footprint.
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Pro-public Transport: Metlink Melbourne Surveys

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 27th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

Image: the Age

Metlink undertakes and commissions surveys and analyses industry databases to develop insights into passenger attitudes and behaviours. …    The Metlink Annual Review for 2008 includes the following key points:
• Melbourne is experiencing the greatest shift of people to public transport than any other Australian city.
• In the past 12 months, 30 per cent of people in Melbourne have decreased their car use. Two out of three of these people moved to public transport and half of these people switched to train travel.
• Melburnians who reduced their car usage in favour of public transport felt positive about it and saw it as a permanent change.

• Melburnians are nearly twice as likely to support investment in public transport infrastructure over roads.

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Insulation: Homeowner and Renter Rebates

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on July 23rd, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter

Image: greenbydesign

Starting from 1 July, the Australian Government will be launching the main component of its Homeowner Insulation Program. The exciting new program will mean essentially zero up-front costs for insulation installations that costs less $1600 for most households.

Also starting from July, homeowners will also be able to access an online register of qualified insulation installers.

Meanwhile, landlords and tenants will also be able to take advantage of the benefits of insulation through the Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters, which essentially qualifies rental properties to receive assistance of up to $1000 for insulation installation. The average cost for installing insulation is estimated to be about $1200 per home.

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Walk-Friendly: Walking Initiative in Victoria

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter
Image: Victoria Walks Resource Poster

If you are interested in walking for transport and making neighbourhoods better for walking, the Victoria Walks website has an extensive array of resources and tools to assist people to work together to make their neighbourhoods better for walking (both socially and physically). Your neighbourhood is at your feet: step out and explore. Make your streets safe, attractive and fun. You never know who you might meet in walk-friendly streets!

See also: Walk Score walkable cities calculator

Source: Going Solar

Hybrid-Electric Bus Trial

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on July 21st, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

Image: A.Allen via photobucket

“Australia’s first hybrid-electric bus trial has been launched in Melbourne. The $500,000 trial will be on two outer suburban routes and it is expected the buses will emit 20 per cent less greenhouse gases than diesel buses.

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PM Kevin Rudd’s Blog on Climate Change

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on July 20th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

PM Kevin Rudd has established a BLOG and the first focus is Climate Change!

The current focus is only open until Wednesday 22 July 2009.

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Sprout Community Garden: Open Gate

Posted in Movements by Zanni on July 20th, 2009


Sprout Community Garden – Open Gate each Thursday 1-4pm

Sprout Community Garden is a recovery focused program of Mind for people recovering from mental illness, drug and alcohol issues or at risk of homelessness that promotes well-being and community strengthening.

Each Thursday from 1-4pm Sprout has an Open Gate for people to come and have a look around and buy organically grown seedlings, produce and other items produced on site.

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