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Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers holiday program

Posted in Movements by John Myers on March 28th, 2013

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Kids who have an interest in nature, history, animals and the outdoors have the opportunity this Easter holiday (29 March – 14 April) to join a Park Ranger for fun activities. Parks Victoria is putting on its exciting Junior Ranger Program in many parks around Victoria throughout the school holidays including Serendip Sanctuary, Croajingolong National Park, Point Nepean National Park, Werribee Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park, State Coal Mine (Wonthaggi), Dandenong Ranges National Park and the National Rhododendron Gardens (Free Family Fun Day), Great Otway National Park, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Coolart Wetlands and River Red Gum Parks.

Ideal for kids aged 6-12, Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers holiday program is all about having hands-on fun while learning more about the environment, Victoria’s history and how parks protect native animals and plants. If your child likes exploring forests and beaches with a Park Ranger, or even dressing up in period costume then a Junior Ranger activity is not to be missed. There will be a wealth of activities to choose from to ensure kids are entertained, challenged and inspired by a program that celebrates nature and the great outdoors.

Junior Rangers is all about celebrating nature and encouraging kids to discover more about the environment and the part that parks play in protecting animals, plants and Victoria’s history.

Led by a park ranger, children and their families will have the opportunity to go on a range of activities including:

  • Quarantine Me – Find out what it was like to be quarantined in the late 1800’s at Point Nepean Quarantine Station.
  • Bush Detective - Become a bush detective and help the park rangers track the secretive animals in the park.  Look for clues that the animals have left behind including tracks, skulls, scats and territorial markings.  Keep your eyes open for the furry culprits!
  • Rockpool Rambles - Join a park ranger to explore a hidden underwater world and discover the creatures that live on our rocky shores.
  • Play Games of the early 1900’s – Long before computers there were three-legged races, bocce, horse shoe throw, quoits, tunnel races, hoop’n’stick, fill the skip, sack races, hopscotch, skipping races and skittles.
  • Birdwatching - Learn how to use binoculars and get a close look at some of Victoria’s birds! Take a walk with the park ranger where you’ll learn ‘What bird is that? How do they fly? Where do they nest? What do they eat?’
  • Water Watch/Mini Beast Discovery – Have fun exploring the park with a park ranger and discover which little beasties make it their home.  Dip your nets into the water, see what critters you can find and what part they play in the world of wetlands.
  • Heritage Days - Celebrate our history by being part of it at Werribee Mansion. Experience the wringer and dolly in the laundry, are you as good as our laundry maid? Play old fashioned games on the lawn and find out who Aunt Sally is. Make some rope with our hand operated contraption and find out how to spin with a spinning wheel. You can chat to experts about our Victorian clothes and try your hand at writing with a slate pen
  • Craft – Get inspired by the plants and animals in the park and create some cool craft.
  • Dreamtime Discovery – Spend some time with an Indigenous park ranger. Be inspired by Dreamtime Stories and discover the connection Aboriginals have with Country.

Those taking part are reminded to bring a hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear and a sense of adventure.

Most activities require a booking and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Junior Rangers is not a club; no membership is required to take part. Junior Ranger programs are run mostly during school holidays and on some weekends.

Keep an eye on the website for activities at individual parks.

Ethical Paper Pledge: Seeking Signatories!

Posted in Movements, Policies, Visions by ethicalpaper on March 27th, 2013

Ethical Paper

Paper production is the main driver of native forest logging in Australia. Native forest logging destroys crucial habitat for our native wildlife, degrades water catchments and releases vast amounts of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

The main domestic purchaser of native forest pulp logs in Victoria is Australian Paper. Australian Paper produces Reflex brand office papers. Companies and individuals that have taken the Ethical Paper Pledge are making a commitment not to purchase Reflex papers until Australian Paper commits to moving out of irreplaceable native forests and into plantation resources. This will send a strong message to Australian Paper that it is time to move towards a sustainable future.

To sign the Ethical Paper Pledge or to find out more, please visit or send an email to

Film night: “A New We”

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on March 14th, 2013

18 March , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm


A documentary about EcoVillages and self reliant communities in Europe.

Documentary film maker Steven Wolf travels through Europe to explore & document well established eco communities.

The film portrays some of the broad spectrum of lifestyle possibilities that are part of our global effort to transition to a sustainable world.

Cost: $2 (at the door)
Bookings essential:

Tea/coffee/muffins available

Date: Monday 18 March

Time: 7pm

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
Corner Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda
(adjacent St Kilda Botanic Gardens)



Deliberative Democracy and Sustainable Transport: Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 12th, 2013

18 April , 2013
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

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Photo: Royal Enfield via flickr CC


Peter Newman has been driving policy changes towards sustainable transport in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne over the past 30 years. Much of his success is due to working from the bottom up as well as the top down. This lecture will outline new projects in India where deliberative democracy has been planned into the structure of a street design exercise in Pune, and a train and station upgrade in Bangalore. Working with Janette Hartz-Karp from CUSP, Peter will report on the results of this work.

This event is co-hosted by the Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning, the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Thursday 18 April 2013, 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Executive Lounge, Level 1, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry St, Carlton, Melbourne.

Free event, but please register:

About the speaker:

Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and Director of Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP) in Fremantle. He is on the Board of Infrastructure Australia and is a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. His books include Green Urbanism in Asia (2013), Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009), Green Urbanism Down Under (2009) and Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence with Je Kenworthy, which was launched at the White House in 1999.

Business and Human Rights Workshop: Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles

Posted in Events by unaavic on March 8th, 2013

26 March , 2013
9:00 amto1:00 pm


The UNAA Business and Human Rights Workshops build capacity to monitor and manage corporate human rights risks and impacts, providing practical guidance on how to integrate human rights considerations into everyday business practices. They provide a practical learning forum for practitioners from all stakeholder groups, on the international and domestic standards and tools available to help prevent and redress business related human rights harm.  The workshops, held in partnership with Allens, are facilitated by Vanessa Zimmerman, Business and human rights expert and former Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

Who are the workshops for?
The workshops are an essential training program for corporate responsibility and sustainability managers, investors, governance, risk and compliance managers, and corporate lawyers on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles – the global standard of practice on business and human rights. They invite business, government and NGOs professionals wanting to learn more about business and human rights and how to apply the UN Guiding Principles in practice. Participants who attend the entire series of 6 workshops are exposed to a full package of learning on the business responsibility to respect and will be well equipped to manage business related human rights risks.

Workshop 1 Details:

Workshop 1: Business and Human Rights: Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles
Date: Tuesday 26 March
Time: 8.30am Registration, 9am to 1pm Workshop
Venue: Hosted by Allens, Level 37, 101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP Deadline: 5 pm, Tuesday 19 March

Registration fees:
Business/Government: $520 +GST per workshop or 6 workshops for $440 +GST each

Non-profit organisation: $370 +GST per workshop or 6 workshops for $330+GST each

Places are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. To register go to:

Register for complete series of 6 workshops before 5pm, 19 March 2013 to take advantage of discounted workshop package.

  • Workshop 2: Corporate Human Rights Policy Development Tuesday 9 April
  • Workshop 3: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence: Assessment and integration of human rights impacts Tuesday 14 May
  • Workshop 4: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence: Tracking and communicating human rights performance Tuesday 4 June
  • Workshop 5: Addressing Adverse Human Rights Impacts: Managing human rights related complaints, disputes and grievances Tuesday 2 July
  • Workshop 6: Managing Human Rights in the Supply Chain and Other Business Relationships Tuesday 6 August

EcoCity Food Forum: Melbourne

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 7th, 2013

22 March , 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

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EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne

Doing Something Good

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and equitable.

Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system. We’re bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to:

  • discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world
  • envision what a sustainable, resilient and equitable food system for Melbourne might look like
  • discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change
  • learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts
  • make plans for individual and collective action

The EcoCity Food Forum is perfectly timed to take place immediately after the National Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne, and will give participants the chance to continue building valuable connections, knowledge, capability and opportunities.  Based on the design of successful ‘Unconferences’, Gathering ‘11 and CoMConnect (also with the City of Melbourne), The EcoCity Food Forum will be a full day of participant led conversations, presentations, workshops and planning sessions with passionate change makers and thought leaders from all over the city, around the state and across the country.

Find out more and register at

Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Locavored Series: The Foodpreneurs

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 6th, 2013

13 March , 2013
6:00 pmto8:00 pm


Innovative business minds reshaping the food scene

Opinionated, risk-taking, sassy and wise, our speakers will share how they’ve succeeded while all around them food sector start-ups struggle to survive. The food industry is as much about ideas as it is ingredients. Who are the foodpreneurs revolutionising the future of local food system?

Get to know some of the smart people and innovative approaches reshaping the future of food and farming. Look at how collaboration, branding, design and social media are cracking open new markets and winning the hearts and minds of the populace as we hear from an avocado grower, a rice paper roll queen, the president of a regional food group, a food box entrepreneur, a social media guru and the man who saved an abattoir.

The Fed Square Locavored Series curated by The Locavore Edition and held at The Edge at Federation Square gets to the heart of the matter, identifying the rising stars driving the future of food, farming and culinary culture. This is an unmissable Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event with great speakers, important stories and local spirit. And don’t forget, you can choose a ticket which includes a copy of The Field Guide to Victorian Produce, our handy guidebook which helps locavores find growers, producers and providers. Join us as we reconnect consumers and producers!

6pm, Wednesday March 13
The Edge, Federation Square
cnr Swanston and Flinders Streets,
VIC, Australia.
Tickets available online at I Wanna Ticket –

Please note you must pre-book tickets. You cannot purchase tickets at the door. Entry $25 OR Entry including The Field Guide to Victorian Produce $40

10% of ticket sales will go towards Sustainable Table’s funded projects.

UNAA World Environment Day Awards 2013

Posted in Seeking by UNAAVictoria on March 6th, 2013



Nominations for the 2013 World Environment Day Awards are NOW OPEN

This year we are pleased to announce the two new Prime Minister’s Awards and the Swinburne University of Technology Award (see below).

Businesses, local governments, community organisations, individuals, schools and the media are invited to nominate in the following Award categories:

  • *New* Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award (Entry Deadline Monday 22 April)
  • *New* Prime Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award (Entry Deadline Monday 22 April)
  • *New* Swinburne University of Technology Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Leadership Awards
  • Virgin Australia Community Award
  • Biodiversity Award
  • Business Awards
  • Environmental School Award
  • Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award
  • Green Building Award
  • Local Government Awards
  • Media Award for Environmental Reporting
  • Sustainability Education Award

Nominations close on Monday, 22 April for the two Prime Minister’s Awards – For all other categories nominations close Wednesday 1, May 2013.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held on Friday, 7 June 2013 at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

For more information and to enter, visit



Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now?

Posted in Events, Movements by Mark Ogge on March 1st, 2013

4 March , 2013
6:30 pmto8:00 pm


Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now? – BZE Discussion Group 6.30pm Monday 4th March.

Thermal Imaging Secrets Revealed! As a volunteer with the Bayside Climate Change Action Group, Tim Forcey has conducted energy assessments on over 30 homes, many with a thermal imaging camera. Tim will reveal the many thermal secrets that our homes have been keeping from us – until now! Vermin in the roof, 42 degree bedroom walls at 11 AM, electrical equipment gone mad, the deep dark inner workings of heat pumps! Roll up, roll up!

Tim Forcey has been employed for over thirty years as a chemical engineer working at Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton, Jemena, and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Tim was a major contributor to BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Stationary Energy Plan and is currently working with the Buildings Plan team.

Time: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 4 March 2013

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

LIVE streaming of this event will be available for those that cannot attend in person.

>>> For more info on the discussion group see the Beyond Zero Emissions website.

The MAD Ride 2013

Posted in Events by John Myers on March 1st, 2013

3 March , 2013

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The MAD Ride (Melbourne Autumn Daytour) for 2013 will be held this Sunday 3rd March.

Grab your family and friends and join the MAD Ride, to celebrate 30 years of this annual ride on Sunday 3rd March 2013. The MAD Ride (Melbourne Autumn Daytour), organised by The Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club (MBTC), is the oldest recreational bike ride in Victoria. The MAD Ride is a great way for people of all ages and riding abilities to get active and enjoy some of the best cycling Victoria has to offer. It’s a community ride which promotes cycling and healthy outdoor living. It’s definitely not a race. In 2013 all rides will be based around Woodend with highlights including the Wombat State Forest and Mt Macedon for those after a challenge ride. The first ride was held in 1983 when the only distance offered was 100kms. In 2013 there are four new routes on offer with a ride for everyone:

  • A family friendly 35kms
  • An intermediate 50kms though Tylden and Trentham East
  • For those who like going off-road a 60km mountain bike ride through Wombat State Forest
  • The challenging 105km ride which goes over Mt Macedon and through Trentham

Over the 30 years of the ride we have attracted from 600 to 1500 entries and hope for a big turnout for our 30th anniversary ride. The event is organised by the MAD ride MBTC committee, and run with volunteers from the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club, a not for profit. At $45 the ride is one of the best value one day bike rides on the calendar. In 2013 morning tea will be in Carlsruhe and lunch in Tylden. All routes will have roving bike mechanics from Abbotsford Cycles.

>>> All details on ride distances, start times, activities, prizes and ride highlights can be found at: Registrations will also be taken on the day.