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Community Food Map: City of Yarra

Posted in Movements, Research by Kate Archdeacon on July 9th, 2012

Thinking of starting a food project in Yarra? This directory and guide to community food projects has been developed in order to assist individuals and groups who may be already working on community food projects or who are thinking about getting something started. Although not an exhaustive map and directory of the Yarra Community Food System, this directory contains many of the food projects working across the municipality. The Yarra Community Food Systems Map is an ongoing development and can be accessed via this link.

Yarra Council Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee: Call for nominations

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 6th, 2012

Photo: London Permaculture via flickr CC

[Yarra City] Council is calling for nominations from the community to join a committee that will provide advice on the development, management and promotion of community gardening activities in Yarra. These activities can include plot-divided community gardens, street planter boxes, nature strip gardens and productive trees planted in public spaces.

The Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee (UAAC) will provide advice to Council on urban agriculture policies and further refine the interpretation and application of the Urban Agriculture Guidelines adopted by Council in June 2011. Community members will serve in an advisory and advocacy role to provide input on the options and challenges for urban agriculture activities, feedback on new initiatives/products as they become available and knowledge on trends.

The committee is expected to meet four times a year and is open to anyone interested in promoting the development of community gardening activities in Yarra.  Councillors, Council officers and area experts will also serve on the committee.

Find out more on the Yarra City Council website.

Nominations close March 16th.

Composter’s Composium with Costa

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 29th, 2011

7 May , 2011
11:00 amto1:00 pm

Smith Reserve, corner of Alexander Parade and George St, Fitzroy, next to the Fitzroy public swimming pool.

Yarra City Council
Cultivating Community

Yarra Energy Foundation Launched

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on April 21st, 2011

From “The Yarra Energy Foundation launches with energy smart public housing ‘revolution’ and unique web hub“:

The Yarra Energy Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation set up by the Yarra City Council, to make the municipality carbon-neutral by 2020, [launched on April 14] at the Richmond Public Housing Estate, announcing its first project – the High- Rise Revolution. The project, a roadmap for permanently reducing residents’ electricity usage at the Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood public housing high-rise estates, will make living in these estates cheaper and reduce overall carbon pollution.

Alex Fearnside, Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF) CEO said: “More than 8,000 people live in these estates and over the years small steps have been taken to make them energy efficient. However this project is about identifying a big step – a revolution – that will not only help residents but also contribute to the Yarra Energy Foundation’s target of carbon neutrality by 2020”.

Yarra Mayor Alison Clarke said she was particularly pleased that public housing was the first project for the new Foundation, which had been set up to make the Council’s ambitious target of carbon-neutrality by 2020 a reality. “Soon after the election of the current Council we realised we did not have the resources or expertise to hit that target in time and needed help to get there. We knew a community-minded organisation with a sole focus on delivering local sustainable outcomes was needed,” Cr Clarke said. The Council has already provided $600,000 to set up YEF and intends to double it over the next two years. “In under a decade, the City of Yarra will be truly carbon neutral. Our focus is on projects that can expand and deliver benefits to the community and business.” Mr Fearnside said.

In another first, the Yarra Energy Foundation is using the Thinking Daily network, on the Quango platform, as the basis for its website – a world first. Quango enables organisations to rapidly form communities around their core mission because visitors are both content creators and commentators. It seamlessly links with the most popular social media sites; and unlike comments on newspapers or blogs, fully visible to search engines.  “Our website is like a public forum, a wiki, a website and social media combined. It’s a like borderless online gathering dedicated to enabling zero-carbon communities here in Yarra and worldwide,” Mr Fearnside said.

The High-Rise Revolution project is supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria.


Turn Kitchen Waste into Garden Gold

Posted in Events by Moloney on March 7th, 2011

20 March , 2011
2:30 pmto3:30 pm

Compost your Food Waste with Worms!
Cultivating Community and the City of Yarra present a workshop on the benefits and joys of home composting.

Sunday 20th March
2:30 – 3:30
Laneway Garden
21 Gordon St, Clifton Hill

Contact Hannah Moloney
9429 3084

2011 Yarra Sustainability Awards: nominations now open

Posted in Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on January 12th, 2011

Photo: 2010 Sustainable Garden Winner, Luscious Lane

The Yarra Sustainability Awards celebrate the Yarra community’s innovative efforts towards environmental sustainability.  Whether it is forward-thinking architectural design that cuts energy use, a scheme to recycle food waste or something you have done in your own home or business, Council wants to hear about it and spread the word.  Categories include environmentally sustainable design, community action, business, home and garden (renters and home owners) and schools and children’s centres.  Winners of the awards will be announced at a celebration at the Richmond Town Hall in June 2011.

To coincide with the call for nominations, a poster exhibition featuring finalists and winners from the 2010 awards will be on display at Richmond Town Hall until 4 February.  The 27 posters on display highlight some of the outstanding environmental initiatives happening in Yarra right now.  To nominate yourself or someone you know, or to find out more about the awards click here.  For the Innovation in Sustainable Design category click here.

Entries close 31 March 2011.

Further information: Rachel Oliphant, Community Sustainability Officer
Ph: 9205 5769  Email: