Category Archives: Events

Yarra Riverkeeper Event

YCAN is hosting an event as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, featuring a talk by Yarra Riverkeeper, Andrew Kelly.

Join us as Andrew speaks about the Yarra River’s  key role in the biodiversity and resilience of our city as the climate warms. He will share his passion for the health and history of the Yarra. Within sight of a curve in the river, Andrew will outline how all Melbournians must advocate on behalf of the Yarra.

6.30–8 pm Wednesday 28th February
Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield Vic
$5 includes refreshments

Bookings essential via Eventbrite
This event is hosted by YCAN with funding from City of Yarra.

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.)

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.

Yarra Council Face Off on Copenhagen Lane

Have your final say about the Copenhagen-style bike lane on Wellington Street!

Tuesday 19 February, 6.30pm

Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond

Wellington St is a popular and well connected route in the inner network. With over 400 riders in the 7-9am peak it provides a major transport function and serves as a viable connection from North Fitzroy through to East Melbourne

YCAN has strongly supported a Copenhagen lane on Wellington St as a part of the Bicycle strategy Yarra Council has adopted. We see it as the missing link in getting more people to ride their bikes.

After a long time it is finally coming to a head and Yarra Council will be giving it the thumbs up or down.

Shockingly some people don’t support a Copenhagen lane on Wellington Street. We are sure that they just don’t understand that the entire city is doomed to grind to a standstill if we fail to make it safe for people to get out of their car and on the their bike. Frequently it is faster to ride across the city of Yarra than to drive, but until people feel it is safe, the large shift out of cars and onto bikes that is council’s policy won’t happen.

So come along, bring some friends and support a sustainable, healthier and more liveable city.


Workshop It! Green Skills Afternoon – Sat 17 Nov

FREE workshop event – Saturday 17 November, 2 – 5pm

100 Hodgkinson St, Clifton Hill 

YCAN in conjunction with the Community Church of St Mark is holding an afternoon of all things sustainable. Think you’ve done everything you can to reduce your footprint? This free event might still be able to teach you a thing or two.

These workshops bring you the latest developments in strategies for sustainable living on the practical, everyday level, and up to date information of bigger picture issues.

Program below. RSVP to Ian 0422 952 554 or email

Climate Comedy Revue – Friday 9 November

They can walk daily half marathons, abseil off buildings, plan a 100% renewable energy economy while dumpster diving from their bicycles. And they can tweet. But are climate activists funny?

Join Quit Coal, Climate Action Moreland and Beyond Zero Emissions for a night of champagne comedy for, by and about the climate movement at Brunswick Town Hall – and discover the truth!!

There’ll be drinks, prizes, a special guest appearance by our favourite mining magnate, Twiggy Palmcock… and you can chuck some coal at Ted too!

Some of the money raised will also go to directly helping people affected by climate change through Tulele Peisa, an organisation of the people of the Carteret Islands who are organising their own relocation as their islands are inundated by sea level rise.

When: Friday 9 November, 8pm

Where: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd

Tickets: $20 full, $15 concession, $30 proactive supporter, $50 Climate Champion!

Bookings: click here

Walk for SOLARdarity – Sunday 30 September

Right now over a hundred Australian Youth Climate Coalition volunteers are walking 325 kilometres from Port Augusta to Adelaide to show the government that Australia’s youth demands a future powered by renewable energy. They are walking for solar.

While some of us aren’t fit or free enough to join the Walk for Solar, we do still care about the world we will inherit. In fact, thousands of Australians, all over the country do. Therefore, to make the Walk for Solar as powerful as possible, there will be a Walk for Solidarity in every Australian capital city on Sunday 30 September.

In Victoria, we want to get as many people as possible walking to Martin Ferguson’s office in Preston. And what’s more, because we’re passionate about solar energy, and love a good pun, we will be walking in SOLARdarity. Yep, that’s right. We’re going to dress up as the sun. So join us this Sunday to show your support for renewable energy.

When: Sunday 30 September. We will be leaving CERES at 1pm, but hanging out and eating from 12pm.

Where: Meeting at CERES Environment Park, Roberts St, Brunswick East. We will then be walking 4km to Martin Ferguson’s office in Preston.

What to bring: Yellow clothes, sunscreen, water, snacks and friends!

You can find out more information, and tell us if your coming, by clicking here.