50% of the City of Yarra’s domestic waste going to landfill is organic waste, including a large proportion of food waste.
Why is this important? Decomposition of organic waste in landfill produces methane, a greenhouse gas with 28 times the global-warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Objective 1 in the “City of Yarra Waste Strategy 2014-18” is to ‘work towards eliminating organics from waste stream’. Current actions will not achieve elimination of green and food waste from Yarra’s domestic bins.
We are campaigning to get Yarra City Council to develop an effective municipality-wide strategy for domestic food waste disposal as a matter of priority.
Please support this campaign and sign our petition.
In preparation for the People’s Climate March next month, YCAN is having a banner and placard workshop/ working bee this Saturday. Bring your old coreflutes for refurbishment. Paint etc provided.
Saturday 24 Oct 12 noon onwards
Lunch provided. Ring Carole on 0418 546 168 for venue.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The 2014-15 City of Yarra Budget was passed last night. 80 submissions were received from residents, but the only item that was changed in the budget, was the reinstatement of funding for the Urban Agriculture Facilitator. This is great news. The submissions written by YCAN and other community members committed to urban ag did the trick!
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.
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
160 Alexandra Pde, Fitzroy
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.)
Congratulations 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:
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.