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Ilma Lever Garden Fair

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

What: Ilma Lever Garden Fair
When: November 15, 2008
Where: Ilma Lever Garden, 2A Station St, Coburg

This will be a great chance to pick up some summer veggie seedlings, have some fun and support an awesome initiative which has created an amazing garden and provides positive horticultural opportunities for our community. You can get there on the Upfield train line, get off at Moreland station (2 minute walk further up along the railway line from there).

For more information please contact Ilma Lever Gardens at 9386 4241.

The Growers and Eaters Forum and website

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 9th, 2008

The Farm Gateway has launched a website for the Growers and Eaters Forum. The Growers and Eaters Forum is being run by a partnership of several agencies interested in sustainable and fair food including Cultivating Community, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Slow Food Victoria, MADGE and the Victorian Farmers Market Association. The forum aims to bring farmers, food security advocates, community organizers, policy makers, community food projects, local government and businesses together with the goal of establishing new food distribution enterprises that will be mutually beneficial to both growers and eaters.

For more information about the forum visit the Growers and Eaters Forum Site or download the media release.

Telstra Environment Award – Join the competition!

Posted in Seeking by Devin Maeztri on September 12th, 2008

Telstra presents the Telstra Environment Award and welcomes you to join the competition.

Telstra and Ten News want to recognise anyone who is “making their mark” in preserving our world and reward with The Telstra Environment Awards.

They are looking for initiatives such as:

  • recycling programs
  • water conservation
  • bush and waterway regeneration
  • protection of wildlife
  • energy saving programs
  • waste clean-up
  • carbon reduction strategy

How much: $2,000 (monthly in each state) and $5,000 (annualy in each state)
Who’s eligible: schools, individuals, community groups, community groups and small business
Deadline: last Friday of every month
For more information regarding application visit the competition.

National Tree Day

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on July 18th, 2008

NATIONAL TREE DAY – Australias biggest community tree planting event – Sunday July 27

National Tree Day is an Australian environmental initiative aimed at promoting community planting of native trees and shrubs. It is organised by Planet Ark in association with Toyota. Together with Toyota Dealers, people from all walks of life in communities across the country, come together to plant trees to repair, revegetate and restore Australias landscape.

Contact your local council or the Tree Day Hotline, on 1300 88 5000 for a planting site in your area.


National Tree Day

Announcing the Growlocal initiative

Posted in Movements by greenthumb on September 11th, 2007

As our market orientated way of life has reduced our everyday relations to the question of want and its satisfaction what we can do to address this impoverishment becomes pressing as the consequences of our rampant consumerism becomes increasingly apparent. Issues of environmental degradation and waste bear down on us with the imperative of a solution, one lightens ones ecological footprint in response, yet does such remedial action address the underlining cause of these maladies or do we rather conceal from ourselves meaningful change in gestures as we maintain the everyday relations that service our wants reduction? For we may reduce our consumption, localize its sourcing whilst still substantiating the continued impoverishment that enables the substitution of meaningful relations with things to go on unabated and so never address the underlining cause of our over consumption that is responsible for so much ecological damage. Growlocal is conceived with this in mind as it seeks to address the underlying cause of environmental issues by approaching them from the stand point of our everyday relations. By providing a search capability that enables people to find others whom not only share a passion for food but a commitment to social change, Growlocal hopes to be a means of facilitating the establishment of an economy that does not reduce our interaction with others to matters of want, but rather nurtures with the soil we attend to, a participatory culture of mutuality and sharing that is integral for an alternative future to become a working reality.

Visit to find out more.

Government funding for Eco-Living Demonstration Centres

Posted in Seeking by Ferne Edwards on June 11th, 2007

Minister Thwaites has called for Expressions of Interest from community groups wanting to establish Eco-Living Demonstration Centres.

Grants of between $50,000 and $300,000 are available to help community groups develop Eco-Living Demonstration Centres, which will inform residents about sustainability through practical demonstration and by delivering education and behaviour change programs to their local communities. This grant funding will allow more community projects like CERES and the Port Phillip Eco-House to provide practical examples of sustainability in the community. Over four years, $3 million will be invested in the Centres from the Sustainability Fund, as an initiative of Our Environment Our Future Sustainability Action Statement 2006 – Action 13.4

For more info visit the Department of Sustainability and Environment website.