Category Archives: Events

Rally Against the Road Tunnel – Sat 22 September

World Carfree Day Rally: No Tunnel, Freeway and/or Tollroad

Saturday 22 September

Is this the best bus stop in the world (library bus stop, Bolivia)?

Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (YCAT) in association with the Coalition of Transport Action Groups (CTAG)Protectors of Public Lands (PPL) and residential groups from east to west is coordinating a protest rally on World Carfree Day (WCD).

This is an important opportunity to send a clear message to the state and local government, along the proposed route, that the community wants the Doncaster Rail and not a freeway.

It will be huge!

The rally will open with four formal speakers (to be advised) and this will be followed by an “open mike session” – giving local residents and concerned community members the opportunity to tell the state and federal governments how the proposed East-West Link freeway will impact on their lives, their homes and their community. Stay tuned for updates.

Rally Details:

Date: Saturday (WCD) 22 September

Time: 10.45am for 11am start

Location: Public Open Space, corner of Nicholson Street and Alexandra Parade

Green Family Life Festival – Sun 9 September

The Green Family Life Festival is a community event that aims to inspire families to live more sustainably, follow the seasons, celebrate their garden and care for the planet.  

Come along and stroll the marketplace to find great products and ideas to encourage sustainability. Watch demonstrations for take-home ideas such as making your own balance bike, composting, creating an edible garden and keeping chickens in your backyard. Take a sustainable house tour to learn more about retro-fitting your home or sit back and enjoy organic food and wine and live music from charming folk band Anna Smyrk and the Appetites.

The day will also be jam-packed with fun and games for the kids including face painting, singing and dancing with Mini Maestros, sustainable story time, cargo bike rides and tree planting. Plus there will be competitions with great prizes including an art and craft competition using recycled materials, and for the handy man or woman at heart a ‘flat pack assembly competition’ sponsored by Ikea and compered by Deputy Leader of the Greens Adam Bandt!

A fun and informative, family-friendly event with loads to see, do, explore and take home. Entry is $5 per family but well worth it.   Join in the celebrations and add a splash of green to your family life. For the full program click here or call 9428 9901.

Richmond Community Learning Centre

92-94 Lord St, Richmond


$5 entry per family


Rewrite the Future – Sat 1 September

Local environmental sustainability champions, Melbourne Girls College, will offer a free community event inviting people to ‘Rewrite the Future’ at the College on Saturday 1st September 2012.

The forum, held annually since 2010, features expert speakers on global challenges such as climate change and involves a cafe conversations style workshop for people to discuss the issue and share their priorities for action. The September forum ‘Global Challenges: Local Solutions’ will feature climate scientists (Professor David Karoly), climate campaigners (AYCC founder Anna Rose) and climate superheroes!

Melbourne Girls College sustainability coordinator and science teacher Andrew Vance said the event has proved very popular with the local community. “People love the opportunity to engage with experts in their local community about how we can develop local solutions to global challenges. There’s a chance to meet other people who are involved in inspiring projects and to visit the local solutions expo.”

The event will feature live music, prizes will be awarded for environmental pledges, and there is an opportunity to be involved in a community tree planting event.

Local organisations wishing to participate in the ‘local solutions gallery’ should contact Andrew Vance on 0438 201 725.

Delicious food and beverages will be available from the famous caterers at MGC Parents’ Association with some proceeds going to a MGC charity project.

Sat 1 September, 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Melbourne Girls College, Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

FREE event but a donation towards the running of the event would be appreciated

Bookings required, click here

Repower Trivia and Auction Night – Friday 3 August

Repower Trivia and Auction Night – a night of fun and fundraising hosted by Professor David Karoly (climate scientist and Nobel Prize winner).

There will be great prizes and food and drink, and all proceeds from the night are going to Yarra Climate Action Now’s Community Solar Project.

Friday 3 August

Fitzroy Town Hall (corner Moor and Napier Sts, Fitzroy)

Door opens 7.30pm – Trivia starts at 8pm

$20 per person, $180 for a table 8-10 people. Includes drink on arrival.

Bookings click here

Brought to you by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and supported by Yarra Climate Action Now




Sustainable Environmental Practices – Free Talk Tue 24 July

The Princes Hill Community Centre is running a series of free Tuesday evening talks on Sustainable Environmental Practices – how we can change our lifestyles to reduce our global footprint.

The building code regulations for energy ratings are changing, and in the future it may be necessary to declare the rating of a house when it is sold. Rising energy bills and increasing awareness of the need to reduce environmental impact of our lifestyles makes this talk a must!

YCAN’s very own Local Action Group volunteer Ande Bunbury (Ande Bunbury Architects) and Andreas Sederof (Sunpower Designs Pty Ltd) will show examples and speak about projects they have been involved in and energy efficient elements they integrate into their designs. There will be the opportunity for Q & A.

Tuesday 24 July

Don Chipp Theatrette, Visy Park, Royal Parade, Parkville

7pm for 7.15pm start

Light refreshments provided

For more information and to register click here


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.


No New Coal Rally – Thu 28 June

Thursday 28 June 12.30pm

Steps of State Parliament, Spring St, Melbourne 

Rally against plans to develop a new coal export industry in Victoria, and the government’s continuing funding of HRL’s proposed new coal power station.

Eleven days ago, eight Quit Coal activists locked together inside Premier Ted Baillieu’s electoral office. The group was calling on the Premier to publicly explain why he deceived Victorians at the last election:

Baillieu promised real action on climate change, while covertly planning a massive brown coal export industry. Figures report

ed in the Herald Sun, suggest that Victoria could be digging up 300 million tonnes of brown coal for export every year; this would triple Victoria’s annual contribution to greenhouse gas pollution! Quit Coal activists filled the Premier’s office with 70 black balloons symbolising the impact of brown coal exports; each balloon represented four million tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the annual emissions of one million Victorian cars.

After seven hours locked together in the office, the group of eight decided to leave. Despite sustained media attention, personal phone calls and emails, Baillieu refused to publicly acknowledge these community concerns. Check out coverage from channels 7 and 10 here and Fairfax papers here.

The government is intent on trying to ignore concerned groups and affected rural communities, but we will continue to fight Ted’s dirty plan to turn our state into a brown coal quarry. We think it’s time to ramp up pressure on the state government over it’s plans to expand Victoria’s dirty brown coal industry, so join us to protest against new coal power.

Thursday 28 June 12.30pm 

Steps of State Parliament, Spring St, Melbourne 

Who: Quit Coal, Friends of the Earth, No New Coal Bacchus Marsh, Greenpeace, and YOU!

For the facebook event click here

YCAN Media Workshop

The very first YCAN Media Workshop will be held on Sunday 27th of May.

YCAN media workshops give participants the chance to develop key messages on topical issues which can then be practiced in mock interview scenarios. The emphasis on role-playing means everyone will get plenty of opportunity to run they’re lines in front of a camera. Not only will this help improve participant’s communication skills but it will also undoubtedly boost they’re confidence.

For more details see the flyer below. Love to see you there!



Community solar comes to Yarra

Love solar power? Come along to a forum on a community solar project for Yarra. We are looking at creating a medium-scale community-owned rooftop solar power “station” in our local area.

DATE Saturday May 19th

TIME 11am, promptly concluding at 1pm

VENUE Athol Gill Centre, 100 Hodgkinson St Clifton Hill. (Close to the 86 tram, Clifton Hill railway station & Clifton Hill bus interchange)
Come for a cuppa, stay for the conversation.