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Open Table: The first success!

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 27th, 2013

Photo from Open Table.

On the first Sunday of every month at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House, De Carle St, Open Table welcomes friends, families, neighbours and anyone up for a free Sunday feast, and Sunday June 2nd was the first official event. The night was a great success, with around 60 people contributing to the great atmosphere of the evening.  Families, elderly locals, residents from nearby community housing, people from community organisations, and other interested locals mingled, sharing food prepared by Open Table’s chef from donations from food rescue organisations and local gardeners.  Event collaborator Georgia Hutchison says that “everyone was beaming”.

The next event will be held on July 7, and the organisers will be continuing to develop connections with local community organisations in the month until then, ensuring the invitation to come and share in a Sunday feast is spread as widely as possible.  The organisers are also planning a special feast during Fair Food Week to coincide with the launch of the People’s Food Plan.

>>> Stay updated through their website or facebook page.


About Open Table:

Australians discard $8 billion of edible food every year in our homes, this is roughly 350kg of food per year in the bin (Source: NSW EPA, 2012). Sadly, this does not even take into account edible food wasted in production, distribution and point of sale. Food that goes to landfill doesn’t biodegrade like it does in your compost – as it rots it releases methane and other greenhouse gases.

Open Table is a not-for-profit food redistribution and community connectedness project. They hold monthly Sunday dinners at the Brunswick Neighbourhood house, using excess food that would otherwise go to waste. The dinners are inclusive, accessible and free. This project addresses the need for greater community connectedness and participation, as well as providing for the material needs of more disadvantaged members of the community. Open Table seeks to bring together disparate groups within Brunswick to greater links and understanding.

Open Table is based on collaboration within: our working group, the Brunswick community, local businesses and supporting organisations. Through the generosity of the Brunswick Neighbourhood house they have a permanent home for the monthly dinners. With support and guidance from Moreland City Council they are able to use the community kitchen to cook delicious vegetarian meals.

Are Climate Activists Funny?

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 6th, 2012

9 November , 2012
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Quit Coal, Climate Action Moreland and Beyond Zero Emissions are putting on a whole night where people can come and watch climate activists trying to be funny! It is comedy for, by and about the climate movement. So it’s bound to be hilarious, right?

Plus it will be raising money to help people affected by climate change through Tulele Peisa, an organization of the people of the Carteret Islands who are organizing their own relocation as their islands are inundated by sea level rise.

So make sure you get down to the Brunswick Town Hall on November the 9th. There will drinks and prizes and the almost certain humiliation of environmental campaigners. Everybody’s favourite mining magnate Twiggy Palmcock will be making an appearance too!

Tickets $20 full, $15 concession, $30 proactive supporter, $50 Climate Champion!


BYO Tomatoes for throwing.

November 9, from 8pm
Brunswick Town Hall
233 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Hot Diggity: Fundraising music festival for Luscombe St community garden

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 23rd, 2012

26 February , 2012
12:00 pmto8:00 pm
Source: Moreland Food Gardens Network

All Tomorrow’s Potatoes and Mountain Goat Beer proudly present Hot Diggity: a free music festival in the lush surrounds of Luscombe Street Community Garden, Brunswick.

Seven amazing bands have been handpicked to get you dancing on the grass…

  • Juke Baritone & The Swamp Dogs (Syd)
  • Abbie Cardwell & The Chicano Rockers
  • Mikelangeolo & The Tin Star featuring St Clare
  • Merri Creek Pickers
  • Sib & Eddie James
  • Coral Lee & The Silver Scream
  • Frank Lee Darling

There will be a brightly painted food truck plus Mountain Goat Steam Ale, Kelly Brothers cider and bike-powered smoothies on tap to wash it all down.

Sunday February 26th.  Gates swing open at midday and close up at 8pm.

Entry is completely free so bring your best friends and make a day of it. All bar profits will be used to grow the garden in coming seasons.

>> Hot Diggity on Facebook

Plant Sale to Support the Stewart Lodge Wellbeing Garden

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 14th, 2011

22 October , 2011
10:00 amto1:00 pm
Source: Moreland Food Gardens Network

Stewart Lodge is a supportive residential service for over 80 residents who might otherwise not have a place to call home. The wellbeing garden engages residents and local volunteers in tending a kitchen garden which provides fresh produce for meals and incorporates garden therapy activities for residents to increase physical activity and mental wellbeing.  All proceeds from the sale will go back into growing and maintaining the garden.

10 am – 1pm, Saturday 22 October
83-85 Stewart Street, Brunswick

If you would like to find out more about the garden, make a donation or become a volunteer please email Julie West;

Commune 2 Festival + Ride to Work + Artland

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on October 11th, 2011

12 October , 2011
11:30 amto5:30 pm

Following the success of Commune in May 2011, we’ve decided to do it all again! Commune @ RMIT Brunswick is fusing Ride to Work + Artland + Commune into one big market and festival day and everyone is invited!  Download the event flyer for details, including the Moreart Spring Fashion Ride.

Date: 12 October, 2011 Time: 11:30am – 14:30 pm followed by drinks and music at 3pm

Location: Buildings 513 and 514, RMIT University, 25 Dawson Street Brunswick

>>Commune @ RMIT Brunswick

Celebrating Sustainable Fashion at RMIT Brunswick

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 11th, 2011

18 May , 2011
12:00 pmto6:00 pm

Explore your creativity and learn how easy it is to be fashionably green at RMIT University’s inaugural sustainability festival and conference day, Commune@RMIT Brunswick, on Wednesday, 18 May.

Commune@RMIT Brunswick will feature speakers, creative workshops and exciting market stalls selling textiles, crafts, reworked garments and Fairtrade products, as well as organic and vegan food. Other activities will include a clothes and fabric swap, bike repair workshops and “Conversations over Tea Cosies”, a community project led by RMIT students that found novel uses for old jumpers.  Keith Cowlishaw, Head of RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles, said the event would engage students, staff and the community around Slow Craft and Design, local and global collaboration, and holistic approaches to creative practice. “This event is an opportunity for students and staff to come together with industry and the community to share and explore sustainability practice,” he said.

Popular Sydney based artist and director of Cloth Fabric, Julie Paterson, will conduct hands-on creative workshops at the festival. Other workshops will include heat transfer dyeing, Green Futuring, Zero-waste children’s clothing demonstrations and a Deconstruction/Reconstruction clothing workshop.  Festival guests will include Peppermint Magazine, Zero Carbon Moreland and Ethical Clothing Australia, with speakers including Cecilia Granadino (MINKA Fair Trade), Grace McQuilten (The Social Studio), Georgia McCorkill (The Red Carpet Project) and Swedish fashion “hacktivist”, Otto von Busch.

Patricia Brien, Creative Producer of Commune@RMIT Brunswick said: “Creativity is essential in commanding a more sustainable fashion and textiles industry, but by actively engaging with our local and global communities, our intention is to make change happen together.”

Wednesday, 18 May, 12pm–6pm
RMIT University Buildings 513 and 514, 25 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Free (NB. some workshops attract a participation fee)

Full event program: or download the activity poster.

Transition Brunswick Picnic

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 24th, 2011

30 January , 2011
3:00 pmto6:00 pm

Source: Zero Carbon Moreland

Transition Towns are grass roots community initiatives that build networks for moving to a low carbon, energy efficient society. Transition Towns are made of ordinary people who want to actively respond to the two big issues of our time; peak oil and climate change. The aim is to connect people and organisations in the community to share ideas and skills to build a more connected, resilient and adaptive community.

Picnic in the Park

We’d love you to join us for the first Transition Brunswick picnic! This will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with other locals, get inspired, share some ideas and exchange stories. We will also have a special guest. Tammy from Moreland Council promoted a “Zero Waste Week Challenge” for Moreland residents last year and will give a short talk on great ways to reduce your landfill waste. Come along, bring some friends and join us for afternoon tea. Please bring some fruit, cake or biscuits to share. Looking forward to seeing you there!

When: 3 pm, Sunday 30th January
Where: Warr Park (Albion Street/ De Carle Street Brunswick)
Visit the Transition Brunswick Site for more details.

Shining Lights: Showcasing Sustainable Urban Development

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 30th, 2010

Source: Moreland Energy Foundation

MEFL’s members and friends are invited to an inspiring evening of discussion and presentations “Shining Lights – showcasing sustainable urban development, here and overseas”, to be held at WestWyck – where the old Brunswick West Primary School site has been transformed into a model of urban sustainability.


Peter Steele – MEFL Urban Development Coordinator on the lessons for Moreland from communities in Europe.
Mike Hill – MEFL Chairman and WestWyck developer will share the inside story of WestWyck’s creation.

When: 6.30pm, Wednesday 14th April 2010.
Where: Westwyck, 4/44A Hunter St, West Brunswick.
RSVP: to or call 9385 8585.
Light refreshments provided.