Archive for September, 2011

Inclusive Cities: transforming the lives of Delhi’s urban poor

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 30th, 2011

11 October , 2011
12:00 pmto1:00 pm
Source: Brotherhood of St Laurence


Photo: Asha

Over 23 years of working with the urban poor in India, the non-government organisation Asha has developed a community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Join Dr Kiran Martin, Director of Asha, and Visiting Fellow at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, at this special lunchtime seminar.


Around one third of inhabitants of the world’s cities – nearly one billion people – live in urban slums. Over 3 million people in India’s capital New Delhi, stay in slum areas. India’s slum populations are growing at much higher rates than urban populations overall, a trend mirrored across the developing world. This state of affairs is unsustainable for India and the world. People in slums display poor developmental indicators across the board, from poor health to low literacy rates to lack of access to financial services. Over 23 years of working with the urban poor, the NGO Asha has developed an urban community development model that emphasises pro-poor growth and the inclusion of slum dwellers in the rest of society. Having seen success in poverty alleviation through programmes in health, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environmental improvement, this seminar focuses on how Asha has achieved results in heterogeneous slum communities through the practical application of such universal values as equality, individual dignity and social justice.

12.00 pm  – 1.00 pm, Tuesday 11 October 2011

Fr Tucker’s room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Click through to register your attendance or to read more about Dr Martin.


Mornington Peninsula Food Swaps

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 29th, 2011

4 October , 2011
3:00 pmto4:00 pm


100% renewables with Dr Harry Lehmann from Germany: BZE

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on September 29th, 2011

3 October , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Dr. Harry Lehmann is General Director – “Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies” at the Federal Environment Agency of Germany. He is a member of the World Council for Renewable Energies and has over 25 years of experience in sustainability issues, leading 100% renewables projects in Germany, Spain, Japan and more.  He has also advocated how South Australia could go 100% renewables. Dr Lehmann will present insights into his modelling research via Skype.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 3 October 2011

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.

Entry: Gold coin donation


Water-Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Tour – Stonnington & Port Phillip

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2011

14 October , 2011
8:50 amto1:30 pm
Source: Clearwater

Clearwater’s latest tour highlights an array of WSUD stormwater treatment measures and harvesting systems across the City of Stonnington & Port Phillip.

Council experts and design consultants will be onsite to provide insights into the development and management of each project, discussing challenges, learnings and outcomes from concept to completion. This tour will visit tree pits, raingardens in both commercial and residential areas, stormwater harvest systems designed for open space irrigation and vehicle washdown sites. You will gain an insight into project goals, costs, engineering, landscaping and maintenance considerations and community engagement. The tour will include visits to 7 sites; morning tea; sit down networking lunch. Suitable for anyone involved in sustainable water planning or asset maintenance / design, including developers, planners, architects, environment and maintenance staff.

8:50AM – 1:30PM, Friday 14th October 2011

Meeting point to be advised upon booking your place.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan is a great example of a municipal strategy, that sets long term integrated water management targets and promotes a water sensitive approach to urban water management. The plan sets considerable targets for reduction in council and community mains water consumption, and promotes the substitution of mains supply with alternative water sources where appropriate. Pollution reduction targets are set to be achieved through an increase in water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects in road, drainage, and streetscape works.

The City of Port Phillip Water Plan recently won the 2011 Stormwater Victoria Excellence Awards in the category of Research, Innovation, Policy and Education.

Read more about the City of Port Phillip Water Plan.


Carlton Eco-Neighbourhood Launched

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 27th, 2011


Photo: Jackson Architecture

Article by Kate Archdeacon:

Stage One of the redevelopment of part of the Carlton Housing Estate into the Carlton Eco-Neighbourhood was officially launched last Friday.  The result of collaboration between residents, local action groups, architects, developers, the City of Melbourne, the Department of Human Services and Environment Victoria, the buildings incorporate environmentally efficient design. Natural lighting and ventilation, solar access and solar hot water, as well as water-saving systems that recycle water and capture rainwater all combine to reduce the carbon footprint of residents.

A potential demonstration project for many of the Eco-City principles mentioned by Cr Cathy Oke at the launch, the Eco-Neighbourhood is seen as an opportunity to combine technology with community-building to get to grips with a real-world test case for sustainable living in a Melbourne neighbourhood.  The 174 apartments are a combination of public and private housing, and Environment Victoria is recruiting residents to train as Eco Champions, spreading information and practical examples of sustainable behaviour in a variety of languages and cultures.  Charlie Davie from Environment Victoria explained that in the average Victorian household, the biggest energy uses tend to be heating, cooling and hotwater, but the careful design of these apartments means that the true gains in efficiency will be in the way residents choose and use their appliances.  Eco Champions will be given test packs including Future Switches and microfibre cleaning cloths to try out for themselves as part of the training.

Residents have only started moving into the apartments in the last two months, so the community side of the project is still in early stages.  It will be fascinating to see how the Eco Champion program progresses over time, since it’s clear that building design is only part of the equation for reducing occupants’ carbon footprints.  The complex issues of choice, habit and long-term commitment to behaviour change are the reality that decides whether projects like these become reference points in the shift towards sustainable living that is so urgent.

www.environmentvictoria.org.au/carlton-eco-neighbourhood
http://carlton.vic.au/news/eco-carlton-neighbourhood-project/


Footprint Flicks now available on DVD

Posted in Research by Kate Archdeacon on September 27th, 2011

Source: Sustainable Gardening Australia(SGA)

Whether you’re a first time gardener or a seasoned green thumb, these bite-sized, fast-paced, funny little flicks will get you growing in no time. For the low-down on everything from worm farming and composting to saving water, reducing your food miles and growing incredible edibles, you’ll find it all in these compact episodes of gardening wisdom. Gardening videos like you’ve never seen before. The Footprint Flicks 2 DVD set is available now in our webshop now. 17 short films for just $24.95. Click here to find out more or grab yourself a copy!

Don’t know what the Footprint Flicks are?  There are a couple up on the SGA website for you to preview – Lord of the Bins, DIY Compost, Part 1 & 2. Or read about their launch earlier this year.


Support renewable energy in Bendigo: Thursday 29th

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on September 26th, 2011

29 September , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm
Source: Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)


Photo: Launch of Mt Barker Community Wind Farm in Western Australia

Help us hand over an invitation to the Premier Mr. Baillieu to come to Castlemaine for a public presentation of the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG) community wind power project.

The Coalition government recently BANNED COMMUNITY WIND FARMS from the Mount Alexander Shire and City of Bendigo east of the Calder freeway and gave us NO REASON WHY.   At the same time the Coalition government has announced the biggest expansion of COAL AND GAS MINING & EXPLORATION IN DECADES and is supporting a NEW PRIVATELY OWNED COAL POWER STATION with $50 M taxpayers’ money. We want to invite the Premier to Castlemaine so that he understands the social, environmental and financial benefits of community-owned wind power and supports renewable energy.

Show your support for community owned renewable energy this Thursday the 29th of September at 12.30pm at the Bendigo office of the Premier Level 1 56-60 King Street Bendigo

If you can’t make it send a message to the Premier Ted Baillieu and let him know how you feel 9651 5000 or ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au and ring or email Damian Drum, 5443-6277 damian.drum@parliament.vic.gov.au our Upper House member and Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development. Tell them you want a wind industry in Victoria, that the wind industry is good for regional economies, farmers and Councils and the environment and you support a Community wind farm in the Mt Alexander Shire and want the blanket ban reversed.

For more information contact Dean on 0448 327 791 or dc@masg.org.


2011 Bioregional Permaculture Conference in Melbourne: Registration Closes Today

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

30 September , 2011
12:00 amto11:00 pm
1 October , 2011
2 October , 2011

Workshops, speakers, site tours, party, film screening, a marketplace of ideas

The conference and its associated events will bring people together to share stories and discuss where we’re going as a movement. Presentations will be given by a wide range of local activists from local group leaders to gardeners, educators, writers, designers, foresters and more. Site visits will be happening to local gardens and community sites and a market place will take place. Evenings will be social time – Friday will be a large party with food, music and dancing, Saturday evening will be a screening of the new film Anima Mundi and a talk with the director. Both evening events will be suitable functions for bringing partners and friends. A marketplace area is available for ideas and produce – for stalls, posters and displays so please make use of this opportunity to tell your story and to let others know what you and your community are doing.

Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October

Venue: South Melbourne Commons, corner Bank & Montague Sts, South Melbourne.

Visit the Permaculture Melbourne site for more information – registration closes September 23.


“Don’t Frack The Earth” film and discussion evening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on September 23rd, 2011

27 September , 2011
7:00 pmto8:30 pm

The Port Phillip EcoCentre, in collaboration with Transition Town Port Phillip & L.I.V.E (Locals Into Victoria’s Environment), is hosting a film & discussion evening, about the risks of coal seam gas mining, currently proposed for Victoria.

The technique, hydraulic fracturing – otherwise known as “fracking” – seriously risks permanent contamination of the water table, land surface, plant & animal health as well as human health.

Join us for the screening of the ABC doco and part of “Gasland”, get informed, enjoy some hearty discussion & a bite to eat.

Tuesday 27 September, 7-8.30pm

Port Phillip EcoCentre
55a Blessington St, St Kilda
Free event, bookings & more info please call 9534 0670

On The Edge: A forum on food and sustainability around Australian cities

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

25 October , 2011
8:30 amto5:30 pm

Whichever way you look at it, food production forms the basis for physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural health. How we preserve, manage and develop our agricultural resources close to where a majority of people now live worldwide- in cities- will determine the future health, sustainability and conviviality of our communities. Our peri-urban agriculture is a key component of what makes Melbourne the most liveable city in the world, and it’s worth protecting, now.

Key discussions on the day:

  • Setting the scene for peri-urban agriculture in Australia- where are we at? What are the key challenges and opportunities? – Trevor Budge & Michael Buxton
  • British Columbia Agricultural Land Reserve and Strengthening Farming Program (Vancouver, Canada) – Dave Sands
  • Parc Agrari del Baix Llobregat, an instrument for preserving, developing and managing a peri-urban agricultural area (Barcelona, Spain) – Sonia Callau-Berenguer
  • Feeding Milano; energy for change (Milan, Italy) – Anna Meroni
  • The expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary in Melbourne’s outer South East and its impact on jobs, food security and the Bunyip Foodbelt – David Wilkinson
  • Promotion, protection and enhancement of food production on the Mornington Peninsula – Kevin Wyatt and Gillian Stewart
  • CERES Fair Food- connecting local producers and local eaters – Chris Ennis
  • Peri-urban areas and zoning options – Michael Tudball
  • Keeping commercial farming viable in peri-urban areas – Susan Finger
  • Farmlands trusts; an innovative vehicle for securing land for sustainable agricultural use on the urban fringe – Robert Pekin
8:30 – 5:30pm, Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Hume Global Learning Centre 1093 Pascoe Vale Road Broadmeadows (Melways 6, 8H)

Early Bird until 25 September $495 Full Fee $660

Click here for the full program and registration.