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Local action – A “Sustainable Living Centre” Project for Melbourne’s Eastern Suburbs!?

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on September 30th, 2007

A “Sustainable Living Centre” Project for Melbournes Eastern Suburbs!?

The City of Whitehorse have just approached the Premier seeking assistance to return some of Victorias rarest bushland, the endangered “Valley Heathy Forest” part of the fragile Gardiners Creek/Blackburn Lake eco-system, to public hands.

Community Group BLEEP (Blackburn Lake Environmental Education Park) have proposed that an exciting “Sustainable Living Centre” project be established on the sites existing buildings.
The project is based around four key themes: – Community Learning, Biodiversity, Community & Business, Community Development, and aims to provide a regional focal point for community based sustainable living education and activity for the people of Melbournes Eastern Suburbs.

The project will provide a platform for Business, Government and the community to come together in a range of ways and is based around the following features:-

Sustainable Home – Practical solutions for everyday living.
Sustainable Education Centre – Community education forum Renewable Energy, Waste Recycling, Water Conservation Education, Biodiversity and Culture.
Eco –Traders Market – Business demonstrations & displays.
Community Café – Informal community meeting point.
Community Membership – NGV style, discounts to events, workshops, café etc.

BLEEP have partnered with one of Australias leading community based environmental educators, Vox Bandicoot, so that the project will develop long-term adoption of sustainable living practices. Community enrichment and capacity building are also expected to be strong outcomes of this project.

What Can You Do NOW?
We welcome any assistance or ideas that you may wish to offer. At the moment we are looking for help with letter drops, petition signing etc.

Currently we are demonstrating to all our elected government representatives the level of community interest in this initiative. Please register your support for this exciting project by signing our on line petition.

Please think about how your experience and network of associates may help make this project a reality and contact us with your ideas.


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