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Liveable & Just Toolkit: Regional Workshops

Posted in Events, Research by Kate Archdeacon on May 6th, 2011

12 May , 2011to17 June , 2011

Source: Victorian Local Governance Association via Mt Alexander Sustainability Group Inc (MASG)

The Liveable & Just Toolkit is the culmination of a project to explore how local governments across Victoria are responding to the social and equity impacts of climate change.

In June 2009 the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and Melbourne University’s McCaughey Centre travelled across the state to hear directly from local governments about issues of priority, success stories, challenges, and lessons learned in addressing the social and equity impacts of climate change. Workshops covered crucial issues such as heatwaves and bushfires, rising costs of water, energy and transport, physical and mental health, and the heightened vulnerability of groups such as the mentally ill, homeless, aged, and infants.  In response to workshop outcomes and recommendations, the Liveable & Just Toolkit provides a practical framework to help integrate responses to the social and equity impacts of climate change across council activities. It also presents ideas and suggestions for local government to respond to climate change in ways that simultaneously promote social justice.

Toolkits available for download from the website:

The toolkit is designed for use by those in roles of varying seniority within the local government sphere and across a range of council activities including sustainability, health and wellbeing, economic and community development, and planning. The toolkit will also be highly relevant to community organisations working alongside or in direct partnership with local governments.

Visit the website for more information on the toolkit.

Regional Workshops: May-June 2011

The VLGA will deliver a series of workshops in regional Victoria in May and June, sponsored by mecu Ltd and hosted by local governments and regional cities. These will enable you to use the toolkit to build on existing organisational and community strengths in addressing a range of climate-related social and equity impacts.

Workshop dates and locations – all sessions run 9.30am-4pm

Bendigo: Thursday 12 May Capital Theatre, View St
Ballarat: Thursday 19 May Town Hall, Sturt St
Wodonga: Thursday 26 May Wodonga TAFE, 87 McKoy St, West Wodonga
Mildura: Friday 3 June Alfred Deakin Centre, 180 Deakin Ave (Cnr 12th St)
Latrobe: Friday 17 June Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre, Princes Hwy Traralgon

Visit the workshop website to register or find out more.

Marie Andrews, Sustainable Cities Round Table – The Energy to Change, 20 May 2009

Posted in SCRT Videos, Sustainable Cities Round Tables by Virginia on June 10th, 2009

Marie Andrews represents Kildonan Uniting Care whose aim is to empower people to improve their lives, through the provision of effective community services and addressing issues of social and economic hardship. One of their projects is to advise to households to manage their energy demands to reach both social and environmental goals.

The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence Wholesale Food Security Community Enterprise

Posted in Models, RDAG by Virginia on April 15th, 2009

The Brotherhood of Saint Laurence (BSL) is an independent organisation with strong Anglican and community links that was established during the Great Depression to end social injustice and fight for an Australia free of poverty.


The Brotherhood’s mission is to deliver services, develop policy and support social change to help empower people, build community capacity as part of the community by creating and developing enterprise projects and ventures as catalysts for individual and community transformation.

BSL is currently conducting a feasibility study as part of its Community Enterprise Development Initiative into establishing a Wholesale Food Security Community Enterprise (also called “Food PAD”) to source produce for redistribution for local community organizations. This project aims to support the development of food related community enterprises to address issues of food insecurity and provide a pathway for social engagement and skill building while benefiting the environment.

The project intends on establishing and facilitating new sets of relationships between producers and consumers, placing the focus foremost on community benefits, whilst supporting the creation of sustainable new community initiatives. BSL, the Victorian Government and other stakeholders will provide the catalyst for the project while the impetus and ownership of the community enterprise will rest with community organizations. BSL is also supporting the development of two other food projects, the Western and Northern Metro Distribution Systems, in addition to the Food PAD project.

For more information about this project visit or

This is from “Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems” case studies by Ferne Edwards.