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Public Transport Not Traffic – Friday Morning Coordinated Action


YCAN is proud to be part of Public Transport Not Traffic (PTNT), a strong new community campaign bringing together groups from across Melbourne: Frankston to Bentleigh; Werribee to Dandenong Ranges, to demand world-class public transport for all. Check out the new website,

PTNT is kicking off with a campaign launch this Friday 29 November, during morning peak hour, at train stations across Melbourne. YCAN will be leafleting commuters at Richmond and Clifton Hill stations to spread the word about a new online survey for Melbourne’s transport future. The survey and campaign launch are on our website, so please check it out:

Where: Richmond and Clifton Hill Stations.

When: Friday 29th Nov from 7.00am to 9am. 

If you have half an hour or more to spare give Mack a call on 0422 952-554 to join the roster and be part of this coordinated morning of action.

Solar Citizens invite YCAN to Canberra


Solar Citizens, an exciting new community project to unite solar interests across Australia, has invited YCAN’s Ian Mack to Canberra to lobby the federal government for better renewables policy.

Ian will travel to Canberra on December 1-2 with a team of Solar Citizens. He will meet with politicians on behalf of all Australia’s solar owners to share the success story of solar and ask them to do more to support solar power.

But he needs our help to get there.

Can you chip in a small amount? Donations will go towards covering Ian’s travel and accommodation costs.

For more info go to: Solar-Citizens-Mack


Lunchtime leafleting at the RACV


Fancy a little lunchtime leafleting?

Well come join us out the front of the RACV Shop Melbourne to hand out election scorecards.

YCAN takes democracy seriously, and what better way to exercise your democratic right than to vote in an election. But with only 7% of eligible members voting last year, the RACV clearly needs a hand getting the word out. So if you’re in the neighbourhood or committed to the cause, come help us spread the word – every vote counts, especially when there are two candidates who, if elected, will make sure that public transport is on the agenda of this powerful transport organisation. No previous experience required.

Where: out the front of RACV Shop Melbourne, 438 Little Collins Street Melbourne

When: 12noon-2pm every day this week (Mon 30th Sep – Fri 4th Oct)

To view the RACV election scorecard go to:

Thanks for your support.

RACV Scorecard – Now Online

The RACV election is shaping up to be a referendum on how to deal with Melbourne’s congestion woes. Some candidates think public transport is the answer. Others want to build the East-West link. If you’re confused about who’s saying what, then head to

YCAN, on behalf of the Coalition of Climate Action Groups, has produced a handy little scorecard to help eligible RACV service or personal members make an informed decision in the upcoming election. Go to to learn more about each candidate and then register your vote!

Transport decisions, like the East-West toll road, will have a major impact on Melbourne’s liveability and will affect our ability to tackle climate change. RACV has the power to influence these decisions and YOU have the power to influence the RACV.

All votes must be received before October 11th. So what are you waiting for! Go Vote.

Oh and if you happen to have misplaced your ballot paper don’t worry. RACV will mail another copy to you. Just ring 1300 737 880 and quote your RACV membership number.


Trains Not Tolls Stalls A Success!

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YCAN ramped up its Trains Not Tolls campaigning this month with two stalls, one out the front of Piedimonte’s Supermarket in North Fitzroy and the other at Gleadell St Market, Richmond. The community was extremely supportive with many residents coming up to offer they’re support. We managed to gather over 300 signatures for the City of Yarra petition and have handed out hundreds more fliers. We look forward to seeing everyone tonight at the official campaign launch, Fitzroy Town Hall, 6:30pm. For more details go to the City of Yarra website. Should be a great night!


Trains Not Tolls – Campaign In Action

trains not tolls petition

YCAN, in conjunction with the City of Yarra, is rallying against the State Government’s proposed East-West Tunnel.

At a cost of several billion dollars, this poorly conceived project will add to the growing congestion around Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs and will put a missive hole in the state infrastructure budget. Essential public transport upgrades and services will be shelved for decades as a result, meaning Melbournians are again forced to use their cars to commute. Of course as we all know, more cars means more pollution, and more pollution means we continue to head full speed towards climate change. It’s time our government started thinking long term about sensible transport solutions that actually ease congestions and at the same time help to transition our economy away from fossil fuels.

Fortunately, a strong campaign has been mounted against the tunnel spearheaded by a small group of community organisations and activists including YCAN, YCAT and our very own City of Yarra Council. The council has just released a petition to state parliament urging Premier Napthine to drop his toll-road plans. You can sign it here. A major launch for this campaign is taking place on Thursday 13th June at the Fitzroy Town Hall (see link below). Also, a bunch of other activities are planned in and around that event so if you are interested in getting involved, please contact us here at YCAN.

Look forward to seeing you at the launch or at a stall sometime soon!

Public Launch Trains Not Tollroads Poster

Secrets of Solar Tour






Ever wanted to know more about solar energy in our community?

Well now’s your chance!

Yarra Community Solar (YCS) in conjunction with the City of Yarra and YCAN is running a FREE event to share all the ins and outs of solar energy. Come spend a fun 2 hours exploring two local solar–panel sites. Participate in an informative discussion on how they work and learn about the use of this technology in larger community solar projects. Also, we’ll be having some drinks afterwards so if you’re at all interested in volunteering for YCS this will be a great chance to meet the team.
Sunday April 14th 2:30-4:30pm

Meet at Mark Street Hall – 1 Mark St, Nth Fitzroy (just off Edinburgh gardens)

Drinks 4:30pm onwards

Go to the YCS facebook invite for more details.

Hope to see you there!

From your local community solar project volunteer team:
Mack, Berish, Neil, Jen, Taegen and Kati

ps. YCS just got a write up in The Age – “Bright spark spurs community-owned solar system.” Check it out. It features our very own Taegen Edwards.

Fab Feb Food Garden Foray – Sunday 24 Feb

Hey Food Gardening Fans!

slip, slop, slap….& byo waterbottle to cycle or stroll our edible neighbourhoods route through Yarra’s diverse & inspiring mix of streetscape food gardens.

Meet the gardeners and hear about the gardens at these times:

10.30am cnr Ramsden St/Clifton Av, Clifton Hill ( Melways 2C,K3)

Yarra’s first ‘official’ resident-initiated council-permitted street planterbox foodgarden

10.45am Laneway Garden behind Gordon St, Clifton Hill (Melways 2C, J3)

Resident-initiated community garden featuring wicking beds, worm towers, rainwater collection from adjacent roof, community composting system

11.15am Tramstop 22, Foodgarden, Queens Pde nature strip, cnr Grant St, N Fitzroy  (Melways 2C, E3)

Resident-initiated 2008 no-dig garden: espaliered ‘fruiting fence’, herbs, veg, edible flowers

11.45am Street planterboxes, cnr Moor St/Young St Fitzroy nr Fitzroy Town Hall (Mel 2C,B9)

Neighbour-initiated in 2008, recently updated as water-efficient ‘wicking beds’

12.10pm Grub foodvan /GrubHole eatery foodgarden 87-89 Moor St Fitzroy  (Melways 2C,A9)

Watered by onsite tanks, with forecourt & interior foodgardens

From little things big things grow. Edible streetscapes reduce urban ‘heat island’ effect, encourage neighbourly exchange & healthy exercise, offer access to fresh-picked tasty goodness & grow local resilience in a changing climate. Please urge ongoing funding for Yarra’s Urban Agriculture Facilitator to further enable, resource and multiply these community initiatives.

More information here


Bit of a Chat

Surveying at the Sustainable Living Festival

YCAN will be doing a little gentle surveying at the Sustainable Living Festival this weekend at Fed Square. The theme is cycling and the aim is to encourage Yarra Council to be bold. The survey is just 7 questions and is an easy survey with a receptive audience.

We are able to park a few things like our bags at the Beyond Zero Emissions stall (Thank you BZE). There will be clip boards with the surveys in them and pens.

If you have some time and are intending to go to the SLF, we’d love your help to survey people. Give Mack a call if you can help – 0422 952 554.