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URGENT ACTION TONIGHT: Urban Ag Facilitator at risk…again

The position of Urban Agriculture Facilitator has been earmarked for axing again in the 2015-16 City of Yarra Draft Budget. Come and help us overturn this decision TONIGHT at the Fitzroy Town Hall, 6.30.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak against what some councillors are calling “middle-class welfare”.
See today’s article in The Age
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/guerilla-gardens-yarra-residents-defend-urban-agriculture-officer-position-20150519-gh59r8.html

Bring Out your Bills!

To support the Livewell “Decarb Your Life” program, our next meeting will be a special event hosted by award-winning sustainable architect Ande Bunbury to discuss reducing our carbon footprint in practical ways. We’re asking all those interested to bring along their household bills to the meeting. 7pm, Wednesday 13 May Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre (20 Princes St, Carlton) Please RSVP to Kerry – echberg@netspace.net.au If you can’t join us on the night, you can still sign up to be involved in one of the 10 decarb groups in Yarra.

YCAN makes submission at EW Link Hearing

Yesterday YCAN made a submission at the EW Link Hearing, expressing our total opposition to the toll road and calling for a public transport option.

RACV’s General Manager Public Policy was one of the other submitters. He said RACV supported the toll road, despite the fact that only 38% of RACV members are in favour of it. It seems that the Premier isn’t the only one who thinks that the tollroad construction doesn’t require a mandate.

Meeting for Residents Directly Impacted by Proposed EW Toll Road

A meeting for residents whose homes are going to be directly effected by the anti East-West Tollroad will follow immediately after the public rally at 1pm Sat 31 Aug in the Smith Reserve, Fitzroy (next to Fitzroy Pool). The meeting is next door at the Pool.

The meeting is to help support residents, discuss concerns and consider actions.

2pm Sat 31 Aug
Community Room
Fitzroy Pool
160 Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy

YCAN Comes to Rathdowne St (outside the library)

So you think more congestion is a bad idea?
YCAN is holding a street stall in Carlton opposite Curtian Square.

Saturday 10 August 10am to 1pm

Come on down and have a chat about how YCAN  is campaigning for more public transport, which is what people want.
Sign the Trains Not Toll Roads petition
Find out why we are pro public transport.
Or we can just have a chat about the weather. (Climate change has altered it.)

Seaspray on the Beach

photoCongratulations to Seaspray which on Sunday 28h July joined a growing league of Australian communities and declared itself to be Coal Seam Gas Free.

Seaspray is a beautiful little community in Gippsland regional Victoria. A few of us from YCAN made a day trip of it and delighted in the pleasure of sharing another community’s victory against the coal industry’s plans to destroy our agricultural lands.

You may have seen the coverage in the media of not you can check out the link below:

 

Claim the Community Victory

The Victorian ALP Opposition has announced a clear position against the fundamentally flawed East West Tollway debacle.
YCAN delegates met with acting Shadow Transport Minister, Richard Wynne on July 18.
This was part of the combined actions that the community has taken to promote public transport and prevent a flawed tollway project. YCAN is proud to be part of a great  coalition that is getting traction on the issue of tollways vs public transport. YCAN has been on the ground and working with the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign from the beginning.
We call on the Victorian Government to fund much needed public transport and to abandon this unjustified step back to the 1950s and deliver the trains the public wants.

YCAN visits a MRF

We had our first ever YCAN excursion this week. We visited the Rethink Centre at Banyule which houses a Material Recovery Facility or MRF (rhymes with Smurf). We were amazed at the extent of the technology to retrieve different materials. Particularly aluminium cans, which are non-magnetic. (It involved rare earths and electromagnetic forces which caused magnets to ‘repel’ the cans into collection chutes.)

Even the most obsessive recyclers among us learned something. Here are some of the tips that I came away with.

  • Don’t screw the caps back on bottles. It turns the air-filled bottle into a lethal weapon when it’s squashed.
  • Don’t put plastic bags in your recycling. In most facilities they don’t get recycled and they clog up the works.
  • Never put your recycling in a plastic bag. The whole lot will be discarded.
  • Bottle caps are too small for the machines to separate out. If you want to recycle them, collect them up and put them inside a steel can (eg baked bean tin) and squash the opening so they can’t fall out.