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Sustainable Apartment Living: SOCs & Blocks Round 3

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 8th, 2011

Source: Port Philip EcoCentre

SOCs & Blocks (short for Sustainable Owners Corporations and Apartment Blocks) is a program to encourage the uptake of sustainable technology and practices in the operation of apartment buildings in the City of Port Phillip.

Through this program, Council works with owner’s corporations (formerly called body corporates) to increase the energy and water efficiency of common areas and common services, as well as improving the level of diversion of waste from landfill and the uptake of sustainable transport through improvement of facilities improvement and education. The central plank of the program involves council engaging a consultant to undertake a sustainability assessment of the participating buildings. The ultimate aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of participating apartment blocks. Council’s Toward Zero Sustainable Environment Strategy indicates that council will work with the community to reduce energy and water consumption, and this program works toward the goals in that strategy.

The third round of SOCs and Blocks is now OPEN so please register your interest by Friday 9 December 2011.

This program is FREE to join and the sustainability assessment of your block is also FREE.

Read more about the program, including participant experiences and registration details.

St Kilda Community Kitchen: Renovated and Reopened

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on November 2nd, 2011

Via Port Philip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN)

“The kitchen is back in operation after recent renovations and the room looks fantastic. It’s great to see delicious dishes, aromas, and laughter filling the kitchen once more.PPUFFN October Newsletter

The St Kilda Community Kitchen is a community-run weekly activity that is based on the idea that we all get stuck on cooking the same recipes day in, day out. But, while those recipes might be tired and boring to one person, they’re completely new and exciting to others! Each week people from backgrounds come together to have fun socialising and cooking, all the while expanding their cooking repertoire. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn a few more cooking skills, this is a great and engaging way to do it!

With everybody pitching in their ideas and skills in this way, you don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun, since it’s really about enjoying the experience of cooking in a relaxed and friendly group setting. In this way, a fantastic group cohesion is created that strengthens the local St Kilda community on the journey to preparing a delicious feast!

WHEN: Every Monday from 6:30pm ’til around 8:30pm. Come and stay for as much or as little as you like!

WHERE: Corner of 114 Inkerman St & Bath St, St Kilda. Enter off Bath St and look for the signs pointing to the Community Room.

COST: FREE!! All you’ll need to prepare a delicious feast is provided, just be sure to bring your appetite!

The St Kilda Community Kitchen uses food that is kindly provided by SecondBite. SecondBite is an innovate organisation dedicated to the redistribution of surplus fresh food from local food donors directly to local community groups. This sustainable and award winning program was created in 2009 to further SecondBite’s mission of making a positive difference to people by identifying sources of surplus fresh food that might otherwise go to waste. SecondBite is always looking to engage more volunteers. For more information on how you can be involved, go to

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.

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.

Eat Your Balcony: Edible Gardening Event

Posted in Events, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on June 14th, 2010

Source: Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network

Eat Your Balcony: an Edible Gardening Event with the Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network (PPUFFN).

At this event we’ll be exploring the theme of growing food in small spaces – think container growing in courtyards and balconies and intensive fruit tree plantings in small urban yards.  You will hear from local horticulturalist and apartment resident Elspeth Ferguson, who will talk you through the ins and outs of setting up an edible, container garden on your balcony (move aside that Weber!). In the spirit of combining knowledge with practical know-how, there’ll be a demonstration on converting recycled materials into container gardens and creating your own potting mix. Don’t worry if you don’t have a DIY approach as there’ll be ready-made container garden kits available for sale on the day!

If you thought that pots were just for herbs then think again. This forum will introduce you to a couple whose Balaclava garden is home to potted avocados, strawberries, beans and bok choi. And that’s just the start. Their intensively managed small suburban yard boasts a collection of citrus, stone fruit and berries, including pepino, currants, Kiwi fruit, pomelo and tangelo. As well as sharing their experiences of fruit growing at the event, they’ll generously be opening up their garden for a group visit at the end of the forum.

To top of the afternoon, expect some warming soup, home baked bread and entry into the draw for a nursery voucher door prize (gold coin donation appreciated).

Saturday 26 June, 12.30-2.30pm.
Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda.
Gold coin donation appreciated.

Bookings/Information: Paula 03 9525 3102 / 0417 501 383.

Seeking 8, 9, and 10 Star homes in Victoria

Posted in Seeking by Port Phillip on November 17th, 2008

As part of a review of its Sustainable Design Policy, the City of Port Phillip is looking to hear from anyone who has or knows of buildings within an urban context that have achieved a FirstRate score of 8, 9 or 10 Stars.

If you are able to assist please contact our Sustainable Design Officer, Matthew Trigg, via or by calling 9209 6303.