Archive for August, 2011

RiderLog App: Vote with your wheels

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2011

RiderLog Australian Capital City Screenshots (1 Jan – 10 May, 2011)

RiderLog is a free app that turns every bike ride into a vote for better bicycle facilities. Download it to your iphone now.

Your RiderLog app records basic details of your trips and anonymously uploads them to the Bicycle Network. All the travel logs are then aggregated to show when, where and why we are riding. This information is used to improve the planning of bike infrastructure and convince authorities to invest more in the locations where people ride. Click here to check out a map of aggregated rides.  The Bicycle Network is an outreach activity of Bicycle Victoria in Australia, one of the worlds biggest bike rider organisations, with the purpose of More People Cycling More Often.

To Use: Start the app, choose transport or recreation, press the silver Sleep/Wake button and put the phone in your pocket, bag or bike mount to use as a bike computer. At the end of your trip, wake up your phone and save your ride details. The app will log your ride in your phone, including elapsed time and average speed. Press Map to see your route. The phone tracks your cumulative distance and time over the week and month, providing a record of your activity.  More details.

Privacy Policy: You decide how much information about you and your riding gets uploaded. The data is anonymous. Unless you change the Settings no personal details are provided. If you are a member or friend of Bicycle Victoria, you can enter your rider number. If you would like to get to know us, you can choose to tag your data with your email.

GoGet Co-Founder @ Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 31st, 2011

7 September , 2011
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Bruce Jeffreys is on a mission to transform our cities by reducing the number of cars on our local streets. With Nic Lowe, Bruce co-founded GoGet CarShare , Australia’s first car sharing program that today is the world’s fastest growing scheme. Operating across Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, GoGet has 15,000 members sharing 600 vehicles via a 24/7 smart-card enabled booking and access system. GoGet has pioneered a major shift in attitudes to private car ownership in Australia and re-shaped local transport and planning policies. In 2010 GoGet was named the 27th fastest growing private company in Australia (BRW Fast 100) and was a founding member of the International Car Sharing Association.

Wednesday the 7th September from 6 – 8pm

For more information and to RSVP go to the Melbourne Sustainability Drinks website.

Sustainable House Day 2011

Posted in Events, Uncategorized by Kate Archdeacon on August 30th, 2011

11 September , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Sustainable House Day, Sunday 11th September, will be celebrating its 10th year, the event will continue to showcase some of Australia’s most sustainable homes to the public as millions of Australians continue to embrace renewable energy, recycling, and other practices suitable to their lifestyles.

Houses are open for FREE between 10am and 4pm.

This year over 300 homes will open their doors for tours and give visitors opportunities to see firsthand the benefits and practicality of solar, ventilation, water harvesting, recycling, shading, thermal mass (materials that absorb and release heat), glazing and window treatments, gardens, and lifestyle products. Architects, builders and specialist service providers will also be on hand at many of the homes to provide expert tips.

Check out the house locations pages to see if there is house open near you, this list will keep getting updated until the event, so be sure to check back in.

Sunday 11th Sept 10am – 4pm

Northcote Library Food Garden: Launch & Garden Party

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 29th, 2011

3 September , 2011
11:00 amto3:00 pm

The Northcote Library Food Garden‘s Official Launch and Garden Party
Saturday September 3rd from 11am

Please come and celebrate the opening of Northcote’s newest community garden with us.

  • Melbourne Ukulele Kollective play from 11am.
  • Food Swap 11am – 12pm. Participate in the Urban Harvest swap. Bring your excess garden produce and swap it for something you don’t have!
  • Official Launch – 11.15am. Join Cr Diana Asmar, Mayor of Darebin, as she launches the garden, the 2011/2012 Backyard Harvest Festival and Darebin’s Sustainable Food and Gardening guides.
  • Garden Tour and Talk – 11. 45am. Join local permaculturalist and Food Forest expert, Angelo Eliades, to reflect on the 2011 International Year of Forests and the role that Urban Food Forests can play in local food production.
  • Children’s Gardening Workshop – 12.15pm. Plant a sunflower, pot your own seedling to take home, visit our garden’s busiest workers, the earthworms, and create some garden art.
  • Free Gardening Workshops 12.45pm – Seasonal Planting & Preparation Find out what to plant and how to prepare your garden beds for the Spring season.
  • Fruit Tree Care – 1.15pm. Yellow leaves? Creepy-crawlies? Low production? Find out how to keep your fruit trees healthy and productive throughout Spring and Summer.

We would appreciate a RSVP to the Children’s Gardening Activities and Workshops. Please email with your name and preferred activity.

Paul Hawken @ Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 26th, 2011

25 October , 2011
26 October , 2011

Thriving Neighbourhoods is a Conference Series that explores the impact of the built and natural environments on communities’ health, wellbeing and productivity. The 2011 conference focuses on the role of Local Governments in creating liveable, sustainable and healthy communities: how they engage stakeholders including the property, planning, parks and recreation, health, and other government sectors.

The Conference will take these diverse groups out of their silos and work collaboratively to create a living environment where residents are healthy and productive.

Paul Hawken, renowned author whose works have transformed businesses’ thinking about their impact on the environment, will be in Melbourne to address the conference. In The Ecology of Commerce, he argues for “full-cost accounting”: taking account of social, environmental and economic costs to truly gauge the impact of a business decision. His other works include Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.

For the full program and to register:

25 – 26 October 2011
St Kilda Town Hall

Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?

Posted in Events by unaavic on August 26th, 2011

14 September , 2011
5:45 pmto7:45 pm

UNAA Earth Summit Series 2011: Urban Infrastructure: Towards a Sustainable Economy?

In the lead up to the next United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012, the UNAA Victoria Earth Summit Series examines Victoria’s transition to a green economy in the context of the two themes of  Rio+20: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The upcoming UNAA Victoria Earth Summit event will discuss Victoria’s urban infrastructure and Melbourne’s progress towards becoming a sustainable city.

Guest Speaker: Professor Rob Adams
Architect and urban designer, Rob Adams has been at the nerve centre of the revitalisation of the City of Melbourne and surrounds and numerous redevelopments and flagship buildings bear his mark and influence.  Acquiring perspectives in urban design from Africa and the UK Rob moved on to adopt Australia in the early eighties. A Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne since 2004 and lecturer in demand at RMIT, Rob’s passion is now turning toward the liveability of Victoria while addressing its growth.

Forum Discussion
Rob Gell will facilitate a discussion following Rob’s presentation and will invite contributions from members of the audience.  The issues of sustainable development and infrastructure as they relate to transport, Melbourne’s CBD, metropolitan areas, regional Victoria and rural areas will be explored in this stimulating and thought provoking forum.

5.45pm, Wednesday 14 September, 2011
Allens Arthur Robinson
530 Collins St, Melbourne

RSVP Essential. For more information and RSVP form please visit the UNAA Victoria website or contact us on: (03) 9670 7878 or

Updates posted on Facebook and Twitter @unaavic

Exhibition Launch: Land is Life

Posted in Events by bencampbell on August 25th, 2011

4 September , 2011
1:00 pmto4:00 pm

Exhibition Launch: Land is Life, a free photographic exhibition by Oxfam Australia

Award winning photographer Rodney Dekker travelled with Oxfam to the Pacific Islands nations of Tuvalu and Kiribati, recording images and interviews with people whose daily lives and livelihoods are being affected by climate change.  This striking series of images shows aspects of daily life and culture, the impact of rising sea levels on local food crops and fresh water supplies and how people are adapting to climate change. The photos also tell of a spirit of determination and innovation as they prepare for their futures.

Additional to the photographs, we will be exhibiting climate change related art created by local artists. There will also be live music and finger food at the event. The exhibition will be officially launched by Federal Member for Kooyong, Josh Frydenberg.  Following the launch event, Land is Life will be held at Kew Library from Monday 5th September to Wednesday 5th October.

You can preview some of the photographs here:

Date: Sunday 4th September 2011
Time: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: QPO, 186 High Street, Kew
RSVP: By Monday 31st August to Ben Campbell – or 0416 305 004


Bike Futures 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 24th, 2011

12 October , 2011 9:00 amto14 October , 2011 5:00 pm

With the transport crisis a long-term reality for Australian cities, there has never been a better time to improve livability by embracing the benefits of bicycling. Bikes bring back the human scale of public spaces, changing streets from places to avoid into places to congregate. Delegates will hear how bicycling plays a key role in transforming cities into liveable spaces at Bike Futures 2011 from 12 – 14 October.

Now in its third year Bike Futures has become the key annual professional development for national and local leaders, planners, designers and builders to use bike transport and recreation to advance their communities. Bike riders have emerged as a critical indicator species of livability. In towns and cities around the world business and civic leaders, questing for the secret to attracting talent and innovation, are reaching for the Bike Plan.

Bike Futures 2011 will discuss how to take the next steps from providing bike infrastructure – essential for mobility – to changing the ways cities work. When Bike Plans are done well, we know we will find a healthy social and economic ecology. There is little doubt that bikes subtly but powerfully transform the street, calming it, warming it, making it magnetic to people and their conversation and commerce. Bike Futures 2011 will bring together world leading experts as well as some of Australia’s leading practitioners on how to best respond to the issues confronting communities as they embrace the bicycle revolution.

Keynote speakers:

  • Gil Penalosa is an internationally renowned liveable city advisor and is passionate about creating cities for people. He is Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities and also works as Senior Consultant for the renowned Danish firm Gehl Architects.
  • Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Gordon has served many terms as a City Councillor in Vancouver, BC. As the Vancouver Sun declared when Price stepped down from the City Council, “‘Councillor Bikeways’ has done more than any other elected official to shape the city and the way we use it”.

The three-day conference is presented by the Bicycle Network and hosted by Bicycle Victoria.

Wed 12 – Fri 14 October 2011
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

The Future of the Electricity Network in Australia

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 23rd, 2011

24 August , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Image: yewenyi via flickr CC

Effective and efficient transmission of electric power from generators to consumers is a vital part of the electricity system. Australia’s national transmission network is the longest AC system in the world, extending 5000km from Queensland to Tasmania to Port Augusta, supplying 19 million residents. As demand continues to grow and the penetration of renewables on the grid increases, the national transmission network will require significant extensions and upgrades. But what is the optimal design to support a very different energy system in the 21st century? Variable and distributed generation and potential large storage systems (such as an electric vehicle fleet) make this a diabolical question that the panel of experts will address in detail.

Wednesday August 24, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Carrillo Gartner Theatre
Corner Swanston Street & Monash Road
The University of Melbourne

Visit the booking site for more details or to register your attendance

Australian Stormwater Harvesting Guidelines

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 22nd, 2011

 Source: Clearwater

Are you undertaking a stormwater harvesting project or water augmentation project that requires you to consider water treatment?

Clearwater has prepared a simple diagram to help you familiarise yourself with the relevant national guidelines available on our website. There are no specific laws that dictate what stormwater can be used for or what quality standards stormwater must meet, however responsible parties have a duty of care to make sure their scheme will not place people or the environment at risk.  Guidance on how to meet duty of care is provided in the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling: Stormwater Harvest and Reuse (Phase 2). The Australian Guidelines provide guidance on water standards for various reuse and recycling scenarios, and were prepared in two phases.

Phase 1 – Managing Health and Environmental Risks (2006) which provides a framework for the management of recycled water. Phase 2 – A set of three guidelines providing more detail on:

Underpinning the Water Recycling Guidelines are the 2004 Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (currently being reviewed). This document provides the water supply industry with guidance on what constitutes good drinking water quality and are referred to both phases of the Australian Guidelines for Water recycling.