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Transport Systems and Governance: Melbourne Emergence Monthly Meetup

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 31st, 2013

8 August , 2013
5:30 pmto7:00 pm
Image via sourceable.net

Image via sourceable.net

How can ideas from complex systems and multiple scales inform the governance and decision-making around transport systems and infrastructure?

The focus of this Emergence Meetup will be a follow-up to the previous month’s theme of urban planning and design, but this time applied to transport systems in particular.  We believe this is a timely theme given the current debate around several possible major transport infrastructure investments in Melbourne that may shape our region for decades to come.

  • Dr Russell Thompson will join us to give a talk on “Investigating sustainable transport in Melbourne using information portals”. This will provide illustrations of how we can discover how sustainable our local areas are using publicly available databases and analysis tools such as the VISTA portal, ABS Census and VicRoads CrashStats.
  • Tony Smith’s presentation will be focused on the western tunnel portal of the proposed East-West motorway, and consequent disruption of showcase areas of Royal Park West, significant Parkville West housing assets and ‘black comedic duplication of the lower Moonee Ponds Creek disaster zone’.

After presentations and discussion we expect to head to a nearby cafe/restaurant for those interested in a meal and further conversation.

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 5:30 PM
RMIT Room 56.06.87 (Building 56, Level 6, Room 87), cnr. Queensberry and Lygon St, Carlton South
Info and RSVP at: www.meetup.com/emergence-24


4 Short Films with Q&A: Coal Seam Gas in Victoria

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on July 29th, 2013

12 August , 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Coal seam gas and the term “fracking” came to the media fore with the 2010 release of the film Gaslands in the US.  This is now a very real and present issue in Victoria, with rural communities mobilising to Lock the Gate on the mining companies. They are calling on the government to extend its moratorium on coal seam, shale and tight gas extraction until more robust research data is available on the risk to people and the environment.

Friends of the Earth and Quit Coal will share four enlightening short films that will detail the process of fracturing and explain the issues facing our northern cousins in New South Wales and Queensland where alternative gas extraction is already happening.

The final short film, Gippsland is Precious, will provide an overview of the immediate Lock the Gate campaigns underway across Victoria, leading into a Q&A panel.  This night is a great opportunity to explore how you can stand with rural Victorian communities to protect our food, our water supply and our climate from destructive coal and gas mining.

Date: August 12

Time: 7pm

Cost: $2 at the door.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington Street, St Kilda

Bookings essential:  http://www.trybooking.com/DGFO


Fair Food Week – Australia’s First

Posted in Events, Movements by Jessica Bird on July 22nd, 2013

19 August , 2013 9:00 amto25 August , 2013 5:00 pm

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Image from fairfoodweek.org.au

From ‘Australia’s First Fair Food Week is Coming‘ by ACFCGN:

FRESH, good and fair food needs a fresh, new and innovative event to demonstrate its value to all Australians. That’s why the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance are bringing together communities, social entrepreneurs, creative individuals, smart food businesses and even local government across Australia to celebrate the work of Australia’s fair food pioneers – the women and men doing the vital work of creating a fairer food system for all of us.

“It’s a new national event, Fair Food Week”, said Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance spokesman, Nick Rose. Across the country during Fair Food Week there’s a wonderful diversity of events that will attract, intrigue and entertain you: food forums, food workshops, food films, farmers’ fairs, food swaps, community garden and farm tours.

“What we call ’fair food’ is food that is produced in ways that are fair to all and that guarantee nutritional health to everyone in Australia’s food supply chain – Australian farmers, Australian food processors, small to medium size food retailers and, most importantly, we who eat the products of these enterprises”, explained Mr Rose. “Fair food that the farmer has been paid properly for and that is sold through a retail system that is not dominated by the supermarket duopoly that controls 80 percent of Australia’s grocery sales, but that is sold through a truly free market that includes thriving small to medium food businesses to give us – Australia’s eaters – authentic true choice in what we buy and where we but it. It’s good, healthy and tasty food that all Australians have access to irrespective of their income and where they live. This includes Australians living with disability, illness, those living on a government allowance, such as pensioners,  and those in remote indigenous communities… the more then five percent of our people who presently live with an insecure and unhealthy food supply”.

Fair Food Week will highlight the fresh, innovative ideas found in the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance’s Peoples’ Food Plan, Australia’s first crowdsourced policy directions document and the result of democratic, consultative forums held across the country.

>>> Australia’s First Fair Food Week will be held 19-25 August 2013.
>>> You can learn more about Fair Food Week events or add your own on their website.


Climate of Change – Port Phillip EcoCentre film night

Posted in Events by EcoCentre on July 8th, 2013

15 July , 2013
7:00 pmto10:00 pm

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The film Climate of Change is showing at Port Phillip EcoCentre on Monday 15 July, 7pm.

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, this optimistic film introduces regular people from around the world who are taking action in the fight against global warming. Poetry that details the beauty of earth’s soil, forests, water and bounty is interwoven with scenes of committed people who want to make a difference, from India, to Papua New Guinea, to Norway.

Venue: Port Phillip EcoCentre
(within the St Kilda Botanical Gardens)
Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets
St Kilda

Enquiries: 9534 0670

>>>Tickets are $2 on the door, and you can book online.


Future Housing in Melbourne – Discussion paper

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 2nd, 2013

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From the City of Melbourne website:

The City of Melbourne is growing quickly. By 2031, it is estimated that an additional 42,000 homes will be built within the municipality to house an additional 80,000 people. Our aspiration is for an inner and central city where housing is affordable, well-designed and meets the diverse needs of our residents. Our housing will play a critical role in realising our urban renewal areas as sustainable, liveable and welcoming places for future living.

Future Living opens a discussion on the role of the City of Melbourne and other key influencers, including the Australian and Victorian Governments, developers, investors and residents in meeting these goals.

>>> You can download the discussion paper from the City of Melbourne website.
>>> You can participate in the discussion and find out about the ‘Future Living’ pop up homes online.