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Event – Eating, moving, living: Pathways to sustainable urban planning, transport and food production – 5 April

Posted in Events, Models, Policies, Research, Visions by Ferne Edwards on March 31st, 2008

Saturday April 5: 11am – 7pm
Port Phillip EcoCentre, Cnr Herbert and Blessington Street, St Kilda

The urban environment presents unique challenges to planning for sustainable living, food production and transport. Hear our three panels of speakers address these themes in the local context to educate you about some of the issues and present some solutions. The event opens with an indigenous welcome, a brief from the City of Port Phillip on their local Community Pulse program and a tour of the Port Phillip EcoCentre, followed by our first panel session on local food production and food sustainability issues.

Then share a hearty Mexican lunch, browse over our free community and campaign stalls, listen to some local musicians and be part of the local launch of the new book ‘Climate Code Red’ by David Spratt and Phillip Sutton. This very timely publication is an initiative of Greenleap, CarbonEquity and Friends of the Earth.

We will then return to hear panel discussions on sustainable transport and urban planning. Then stay around after 5pm and be part of the Engage Media and Plug-in TV short documentary screenings.

Panel speakers include:
– Ben Neil (Cultivating Community);
– Bob Phelps (Gene Ethics)
– a speaker from ‘Lentil as Anything’
– Frank Fisher (Undertandascope)
– Elliot Fishman (Institute for Sensible Transport)
– Kerryn Wilmot (Public Transport Users Assoc)
– Anna Griffiths (unChain St Kilda)
– Bridget Puszka (BP Architects)
and other speakers still to be confirmed. These speakers address issues and present a vision for what a sustainable urban future might look like with specific reference to local issues, policy and development.

Visit for a full program and speaker listing. Entry by gold coin donation. Want hold a free stall at our event? Email stalls

Organised by Melbourne Social Forum and supported by Port Phillip EcoCentre. For more information contact info or

Directions on how to get there: The Port Phillip EcoCentre is located on the corner of Herbert and Blessington Sts, (Melway ref. 58 B11) on the corner of St Kilda Botanic Gardens.

Public transport: Take the 96 Tram to St Kilda. It stops at the corner of Barkley St and Acland St. At end of Acland St and walk 100 metres and you will see a 7-11 on the corner. Then turn left, up Blessington St, walk 100 metres until you come to the EcoCentre. Look for the Melbourne Social Forum banner out the front.

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