Archive for October, 2009

‘How to Make Trouble and Influence People’: Book Launch

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on October 30th, 2009

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

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This book reveals Australia’s radical past through tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hi-jinks, student occupations, creative direct action, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, street theatre and billboard liberation; including stories and anecdotes, interviews with pranksters and troublemakers, and over 300 spectacular photos documenting the vital history of creative resistance in this country.

Written, compiled and researched by Iain McIntyre. Additional research and editing by Lou Smith. Book design and Photo Editing by Tom Sevil.

Melbourne Launch:  Thursday 5th November,  6pm-8pm

With Iain McIntyre and a special guest appearance by the John Howard Ladies’ Auxiliary Fan Club.

Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, Victoria and Lygon Streets.

Federal Government ceiling insulation rebates: Updated information

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on October 29th, 2009

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation

There have been some changes to the Federal insulation rebate programs. The Low Emission Assistance Plan for Renters (LEAPR), which provided $1000 rebate to landlords for rental accommodation, is now discontinued. Instead renters are now eligible for Home Insulation Program (HIP) which provides assistance of up to $1,600 to install ceiling insulation. The assistance is now available to eligible owner-occupiers, landlords and tenants. While the rebate has been increased per household there has been a dramatic reduction on the overall amount of money available to this part of the program.

To read more about and apply for the rebate visit

Introduction to Energy Management Course: MEFL

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 28th, 2009

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation

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Image: Wayne National Forest via flickr CC

Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL) is running the popular one day Introduction to Energy Management course again in November. Places are limited, so book early!

The full day course covers energy basics, assessment and auditing techniques and retrofit technologies. It also introduces the Australian standards, policies, regulations and programs which frame energy management. The Introduction to Energy Management course is conducted by experts in the area, and is designed for consultants, community groups, utilities, councils, teachers, government agencies and others with a working interest in the area.

When: 26 November, 9am – 5.00pm.
Where: 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC.
Cost: $600+GST per participant, which includes CD, training pack and lunch (discounts can be arranged for not-for-profit organisations).

Visit the website to register and find more information about this or any of MEFL’s other training courses or contact Khadiga on 9385 8501 & Elle on 9385 8519.

Energy Futures in Regional Australia: Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 26th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Energy Futures Conference Banner

Ever thought about the total energy bill for your town, city or community? Or what might happen if that energy supply stopped or changed or cost more? Would you have alternatives? Do cheaper alternatives exist? In fact, why rely on distant plants to provide energy? Is this efficient? What would it take to generate energy closer to where it’s used? What’s the job generating potential? Could Australia’s power grid and regulatory system cope? What’s needed to accommodate such change?

In response to the growing impact of climate change and increased pressure to identify alternatives to conventional energy sources, the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo Campus are collaborating to bring together interested parties through a conference aimed at defining the challenge for regional Australia and describing some of the opportunities and solutions.

Sun 8 Nov – Tue 10 Nov, The Capital – Bendigo’s Performing Arts Centre

Registration closes October 30.

Visit the conference website for more information.

Kitchen Garden Workshop: Kinglake Temporary Village

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 26th, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar

Image: K. Archdeacon CC_attribution_share-alike

Get your garden plants sowing, for when the house and garden get going! Come and learn about growing in limited spaces such as planter boxes, tubs and wine barrels. You can have a garden, even in the midst of a construction site!

There will be a range of information and different varieties of herb and vegetable seed packets and seedling giveaways. Local gardeners will present on gardening tips to start your spring food garden incl. hands on demo. Come & share your experiences too!

When: Fri 30 Oct 6.00 – 8.00pm

Where: Kinglake Temporary Village Communal Kitchen

Who: For residents of the temporary village and others in the Kinglake community. This is a family friendly event – kids most welcome!

Cost: FREE Dinner will be provided

RSVP: by Wed 28 Oct

Proudly supported by Permaculture Kinglake Ranges and the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA)

350 October 24th: International Day of Climate Action

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 23rd, 2009

Source: Climate Action Calendar
Image: 350 org via flickr CC

On October 24, join people all over the world to take a stand for a safe climate future.

This will be the most widespread day of climate action ever, with 158 countries participating and 3000+ actions planned to help ‘uncook the planet’ by setting a safer target of 350 parts per million CO2 in our atmosphere.

Visit to find and RSVP for an action near you.

This movement has room for everyone

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Sprout Community Market: November & December

Posted in Movements by Zanni on October 21st, 2009

Sprout Community Market

Sprout holds a diverse and vibrant local Community Market on the first Thursday of each month (except winter & Jan)  at Sprout Community Gardens – corner of Clapham and Watt Sts, Thornbury (Mel ref 30 F4) from 3pm-7pm.

Sprout Market has a variety of stalls (organically grown produce, dried herbs and plants; food & drink; kids activities/ workshops; local crafts, arts and designs), music and sells produce that has been produced on site as well as offering stalls to vendors from the wider community, encouraging local community strength, connection and community enterprise with a focus on sustainability.

Sprout Open Gate – Each Thursday from 1-4pm (or 3-7pm on the first Thursday of the month) Sprout Opens the Gate for people to buy organically grown seedlings, dried and fresh herbs, plants, fresh produce from the site and other items produced on site or just to have a look around.

If you are interested in having a stall, volunteering or looking to sell local surplus produce, or just want general information about Open Gate or the Market, please contact us on 9484-5565 or email

Dates for the rest of 2009 are:  Nov 5th and Dec 3rd.

NannaTechnology: OnLine Skill-share community

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 20th, 2009

Source: GreenRazor, the GreenPages Newsletter

From the website:

NannaTechnology is the future we want to see. A future of healthy, resilient and creative individuals and communities. A society positively and proactively responding to challenges. Blending the good bits from the past with the good bits from the future. To create a hybrid philosophy, focussed on simple individual actions creating healthy people and a healthy environment.

This future will look a bit like it did for our Nannas. Individuals and communities will know and support each other by sharing skills, knowledge and produce. They will be growing their own food, cooking and baking for family and friends. People will know how to make and fix stuff; clothes, toys, tools. Life will be a little slower so that we spend more time doing less. We will know where our food comes from and truly value this necessity of life. We’ll shop less but be happier for it and creatively reuse things rather than throwing them away. We’ll reclaim our neighbourhoods from cars and make our streets safe again. But this life is a bit different than that of our Nannas. We have access to amazing technology which can support us to do things a bit smarter. We can communicate in more ways and with more people than ever before. Learn from people thousands of kilometres away. And we have the benefit of hindsight. We can choose those great things from Nanna’s era and combine them with the best we have to offer in this era. The future has never looked simpler!”

Peak Oil Policy and Action Plan: Maribyrnong Council

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on October 19th, 2009

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter


Maribyrnong City Council has released a Peak Oil Contingency Plan that spells out the threats and shifts required by Council to achieve the same level of community service provision in times of reduced oil availability and subsequent escalated prices.  The Plan, prepared by the Institute for Sensible Transport, provides recommendations for boosting resilience to oil depletion, which include:

  • Introduce car pooling software, boost work from home options and encourage sustainable transport use and video conferencing facilities
  • Create opportunities for urban food production
  • Boost the proportion of Council budget dedicated to sustainable transport
  • Advocate to State and Federal Governments for improved public transport
  • Reduce demand for oil consumption across Council service areas.

Read more on the Council website.

Source: Going Solar Transport Newsletter

Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets: October

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 16th, 2009

Source: Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets
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