Posts Tagged ‘2032’

Stormwater Harvesting & Reuse: Kalkallo, Vic

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on August 18th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

Yarra Valley Water has won the ‘Master-planning and design’ category of the 2009 Stormwater Excellence Awards for its proposed Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project, at the new Merrifield development in Melbourne’s north. The project will involve capturing and treating stormwater from a 160 hectare catchment area within commercial land at Merrifield. In the future, it is hoped that the treated water may supplement the drinking water supply across the development and Melbourne’s growing northern corridor. In 2009 the project received more than $9.6 million funding under the first round of the Federal Government’s ‘Water for the Future – National Urban Water and Desalination Fund’.

The stormwater will be collected via traditional stormwater drains. It will then be treated in a series of architecturally-designed wetlands along the Hume Highway frontage of Merrifield, including settling ponds and wetlands and then stored in a large dam. The wetlands will incorporate best-practice sustainability design principles, which will manage the quality and quantity of stormwater collected from the area. From there the water will pass through a state-of-the-art treatment plant, which will produce a drinking-water-quality end product, used to supplement the development’s recycled water supply. Eventually, it is hoped it can supplement the potable water supply when rigorous monitoring and data collection demonstrates that it is safe to do so.

“This water sensitive approach at Merrifield will be a leading example for future cities. It shows how the water industry is proactively creating solutions for the community to maximise use of alternative water sources, and reduce the excess stormwater degrading our streams and waterways,” says Mr Tony Kelly, Yarra Valley Water Managing Director. “The Kalkallo Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project is set to be a project of international significance, showcasing how urban water infrastructure can be designed differently to deliver a more resilient water solution.”

Edible Street Gardens: The Need for Design Guidelines

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 12th, 2010

Source: Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network

From “Farmers of the urban footpath & the need for design guidelines for street verge gardens”  by Russ Grayson:

Edible Street Verge Gardening is something that has been going on for the past 20 years or so in our cities but is now capturing the public imagination such that the number of plantings is rapidly increasing.  For advocates of edible landscaping in our cities, this is good news but for local government the practice can be confusing. What has become apparent during the recent upsurge in the popularity of edible footpath planting is that a set of design and planting guidelines are desperately needed.  Most verge plantings to date have been created by gardeners who know what they are doing. The possibility emerging from the current boost in popularity is that those less knowledgeable will create gardens with inappropriate plants and without considering other footpath users.

An established practice

Street verge gardening is the practice of growing ornamental, native or edible plants on the footpath. The rise in popularity of edible gardens has brought the planting of fruits, herbs and vegetables, sometimes mixed with flowers and native plants, to our footpaths. The practice has caught the popular imagination and is another means of returning food production to our cities.

That edible verge gardening is an established practice in Australian cities is revealed by a walk around those suburbs where the immigrants of the 1950s and 1960s made their homes, particularly those suburbs favoured by immigrants from the Mediterranean region. What do you find on the footpaths here? Olive trees, now mature and productive.

Unknowingly, some councils have made their own contribution to edible streetscapes. Take a walk along a certain street in Stanmore, in Sydney’s Inner West, and you encounter the Australian bush food tree, the Illawarra Plum (Podocarpus elatus). This strange, plum red fruit with its seed on the outside can be picked and eaten raw or made into a sauce by those with a little culinary savvy. Walk down a particular street in Windsor, Brisbane, and you encounter another Australian bushfood serving as a verge planting, the macadamia nut. Then there are numerous species of lillypilly, the Syzygiums, that have been established as street trees and that yield edible fruit.

These examples may not be in large number, however they have been noted by urban gleaners.

The rest of this comprehensive article covers Understanding council concerns, The realities of verge gardens, Design considerations for verge gardens, Functions, and Yields.

Eat Your Balcony #2, in conjunction with Fossilisin’ Foods

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 9th, 2010

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

Here’s your chance to get totally practical about growing food in small spaces, and experience some yummy tastings as well! Full day, flexible program of edible gardening demonstrations and healthy food experiences. Come for the whole day, or choose a morning or afternoon session.  The Eat Your Balcony 2 Program includes practical gardening presentations on worm farming, organic pest & disease control; wicking container gardening & potting mix blending, as well as food-focussed presentations including sprouting, mushroom growing and making ‘green smoothies’ using edible weeds (the latter presented by Very Edible Gardens.) Plus there’s an opportunity to join in an informal Fossilisin’ Foods’ community cooking session, tasting dips and preserves made from neighbourhood surplus.

Between breaks you can also pick up some vegie seeds or worm castings from our EcoShop; browse our displays and and chat to the folks from Green Renters, V.E.G and Transition Town Port Phillip. Plus enjoy a vegie. BBQ lunch and afternoon tea!. Entry cost $4 to $10 by donation (sliding scale entry fees apply).

Sunday 22 August, 11am-4.30pm, Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Blessington & Herbert Streets, St Kilda.

RSVP’s essential as places are limited. Contact Paula: 0417 501 383 / 9525 3102 /

Download the Program.

Greening the Existing Building Stock: Conference 2010

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on August 6th, 2010

How can we meet the challenge of transforming our existing buildings for a sustainable Australia? While new buildings are becoming increasingly energy and water efficient, the overwhelming majority of existing buildings in Australia were built without any consideration for sustainability. The improvement of their performance plays a crucial part in the nation’s efforts for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The transformation of the existing building stock is regarded as the biggest challenge facing owners, government and the building industry today.

The Green Building and Design Conference 2010 will provide you with the inspiration and guidance to successfully transform the existing building stock to meet sustainability criteria. Site visits, presentations and discussions will illustrate how theory has been put into practice and how practice can be used to refine theory.

Topics include:

* key strategic issues and trends in the refurbishments of residential and commercial buildings
* successful mitigation and adaptation strategies
* mandatory disclosure of building performance
* retrofitting heritage listed buildings
* post-occupancy studies
* economic strategies for improving building performance
* life cycle analysis in the decision making process
* non-technical factors influencing successful retrofits

Hosted by the RMIT Centre for Design, this highly regarded, annual professional training conference is the most comprehensive and informative in its field due to its breadth of speakers and the practical emphasis of the program. The conference brings together architects and designers, policy makers, councilors, energy consultants, building owners and stakeholders in the construction industry. An online virtual participation mode is available for those who are unable to attend the event personally. This provides an interactive experience, providing access to presentations and the ability to ask questions in real-time. Lunch and refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks will be provided for in-person attendees.

Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th September 2010
State Library of Victoria

Contact Nicola Willand RMIT Centre for Design Tel: (+61 3) 9925 3902 Email:

New Projects: Climate Conversations

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on August 5th, 2010

Source: Locals Into Victoria’s Environment (LIVE)

The next City of Port Phillip Climate Conversations session will be held on Saturday 7 August – this session will be for those proposing New Project ideas.

Since March this year 163 people have attended Climate Conversations sessions. 14 project ideas have been proposed by participants to adapt our city to climate change. More ideas are needed, so why not come along to the New Projects session?   Climate Conversation sessions, and the projects that arise out of them, are community-led and driven projects. Their purpose is to green up local streets, activity centres and homes. The City of Port Phillip Council is acting as a catalyst, providing resources, and expertise, to get projects started, and help out along the way. Council has many climate action projects and hopes that Climate Conversation sessions will empower local people to implement more.

Find out more about the Climate Conversations.

10 am – 1 pm, Saturday 7 August 2010

South Port Uniting Church, 319 Dorcas Street, South Melbourne Melway Map 2K, B3. Take Tram 96 to Stop 127, then walk 100m up the path to Dorcas Street. The church hall is across the road to the left of the bluestone church.

Please RSVP ( if you are coming as it helps with catering. Make sure you mention any special dietary, hearing, access or interpretation requirements you may have.

CERES Electric Vehicle Conference 2010

Posted in Events by ceres on July 29th, 2010

Since 2007 CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies – has been involved in retrofitting petrol cars to electric drive to demonstrate how Australia’s existing car stock can be used to build an Electric Vehicle (EV) fleet, minus the carbon emissions that result from the manufacture of new cars.  CERES’ latest project aims to provide small business, local councils and rural delivery services with a non-polluting transport option by pioneering the conversion of one of Australia’s most popular delivery vans, the Mercedes Sprinter.

As part of this project, CERES Green Technology is holding an Electric Vehicle Conference to provide interested individuals, auto mechanics, small business, local councils, researchers and educators with practical information about undertaking roadworthy EV conversions, and driving EVs.  Spend a day with Australia’s top EV experts to learn about the practical side of converting cars to electric drive.

Download a conference program.

Sunday 29 August, 2010
9am – 5pm
CERES Van Raay Centre – Cnr Roberts and Stewart Street
East Brunswick, VIC 3057

Early Bird Tickets – $110 (before 1 Aug 2010)
General Tickets – $150

Tickets can be purchased from the CERES Visitor Centre
Tel: 03 +61 (3) 9387 2609

Dialysis Project Saves Lives and Water

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 19th, 2010

Source: Smart Water Fund

Image: Bill Peckham CC 3.0

One of Australia’s largest providers of dialysis, North West Dialysis Service (NWDS) is set to save up to 1.68 megalitres of water a year per site through an innovative water recycling system. A Smart Water Fund grant enabled NWDS to investigate a system that captures clean reject water generated during the dialysis procedure for reuse in a number of its facilities. This water would otherwise go directly to sewer.

“We’ve worked with 23 of our sites to find beneficial uses for waste water that also have an acceptable project payback timeframe,” said James Gerrish, NWDS Business Activity Coordinator and Project Manager.  “Instead of going straight to sewer, it’s possible to use the water for toilet flushing in health care facilities, as wash down water, in air- conditioning cooling towers and to water gardens in regional facilities.  For example our Wodonga site could rescue six litres of water per minute during dialysis and use it for toilet flusher tanks or cooling towers,” Mr Gerrish said. “This equates to 1.68 megalitres of water a year – that’s enough to half-fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

A key aspect of the project’s success has been to determine the quality of the reject water and ensure water use demand matches the consistent quantities of water produced during dialysis.  “Many regional dialysis centres are co-located with aged care facilities in regions with tough water restrictions,” Mr Gerrish said. “While demand for irrigation water fluctuates throughout the year, these sites place a high value on this water use as they see the therapeutic and aesthetic value of maintaining their gardens.”

In addition to saving millions of litres of clean water a year, a key project outcome will be the development of a dialysis water reuse handbook for dialysis providers across Australia. NWDS project sites will also receive a detailed individual site report and an overall project report enabling benchmarking with similar facilities.

Part of Melbourne Health, NWDS, provides haemodialysis (blood filtration) for approximately 580 Victorians with kidney failure at 30 centres and 150 homes. NWDS dialysis units range from regional and rural healthcare centres to metropolitan dialysis services, including the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Read more about the project.

Knowledge Cities World Summit: Melbourne 2010

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 16th, 2010

Registration is now open for Melbourne 2010 – Knowledge Cities World Summit being held from 16 – 19 November 2010 at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Victoria, Australia

Knowledge is a resource, which relies on the past for a better future.  In the 21st century, more than ever before, cities around the world rely on the knowledge of their citizens, their institutions and their firms and enterprises.  Integrating knowledge-based development in urban strategies and policies, beyond the provision of schools and locations for higher education, has become a new ambitious arena of city politics.  Coming from theory to practice, and bringing together the knowledge stakeholders in a city and preparing joint visions for the knowledge city is a new challenge for city managers. It requires visionary power, creativity, holistic thinking, the willingness to cooperate with all groups of the local civil society, and the capability to moderate communication processes to overcome conflicts and to develop joint action for a sustainable future.  This timely summit makes an important reminder that ‘knowledge’ is the key notion in the 21st Century development.

Summit themes include:

  • Knowledge-based (urban) development
  • Knowledge-based economy and value generation
  • Knowledge cities, regions and societies
  • Knowledge cluster, enterprise and organisations
  • Knowledge-intensive service activities
  • Knowledge assets and capital systems
  • Knowledge workers and creative class
  • Creativity, innovation, technology and learning communities
  • Sustainable (urban) development

Early bird registration closes: 10 August 2010

Early bird full time registration fee AUD900, and full time students* pay only AUD400 (* students will be asked to show their full time student ID cards upon registration at the venue)

Visit the website for more information.

Bike Futures 2010 Conference: Call for Papers

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 15th, 2010

Source: Friends of the Earth Melbourne

The 2010 Bike Futures conference is a once a year opportunity for national and local leaders, planners, designers and builders to come together around the opportunities and challenges we all face in meeting the ever rising demand for bicycle transportation. The 2010 Conference will tackle issues specific to bike transportation such as:

• Separating riders from traffic and tuning traffic signals
• Designing effective shared paths and developing shared use
• Applying the new AustRoads guidelines
• Links to workplaces and public transport and end of trip facilities
• Bikes plans, land use and high return investments

The Conference will bring you up to date with the latest and best solutions. The practical presentations will enable you to unlock the solutions to the problems you face and take advantage of the many benefits that bike riding brings to your community. If you feel that you are struggling on your own with bike issues the conference will put you in the network. Participants last year said things like ‘From a professional perspective it puts us in touch with a whole lot of people who we would normally not meet’. Bike Futures is a Bicycle Network project that supports people who are working in, with or alongside Local Government in Australasia.

Etihad Stadium, Melbourne: Thursday 14th – Friday 15th October 2010

The Call for Papers is open until August 31st.

Hoddle Street Planning: Have Your Say

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 14th, 2010

Source: Victoria Walks

Hoddle Street is often choked with traffic and is an unpleasant environment for walking. What ideas do you have about making this street more vibrant and people friendly?

VicRoads is currently undertaking a planning study to investigate options to improve the efficiency and reliability of all modes of transport along Hoddle Street, from the Eastern Freeway to just north of the M1 Freeway (Citylink).  As with any transport planning investigation, it is important that we understand the interests, issues and concerns of all users – so we want to know what you think.

Project description

Hoddle Street is critical to north-south and east-west transport movements in inner Melbourne and to the flow of Eastern Freeway traffic to and from the CBD.  As conditions change and demand continues to increase, the challenge will be to find ways to reduce congestion and improve transport flow whilst considering the needs and safety of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users.  The study will examine key issues and investigate potential solutions, including grade separations and opportunities to enhance the efficiency of public transport.

Have your say

Your input is important in helping us better understand key issues relating to congestion, public transport, pedestrian and bicycle use, land use planning and urban design.  Join in the discussion by clicking through on the questions on the website. You will be asked to register to participate, your privacy is protected and your name and email will never be disclosed.

Here’s your chance to join the discussion and help promote a more walking friendly environment!