Category Archives: Local Action

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.)

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.


Yarra Sustainability Awards – 2012

This year’s Yarra Sustainability Awards were a great showcase of the vast range of actions people are taking in our local area.

YCAN’s very own Urban Agriculture Coordinator Thomas Greig (pictured) was highly commended in the local hero category, which was won by Melbourne Girls College teacher Andrew Vance.

Other winners included Cultivating Community’s Compost Crew, the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association Sustainability Program and company GJK facility services.

For a full list of winners and commendations visit Yarra City Council’s website.

Repower Trivia Night gives Yarra Community Solar a big boost

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Fitzroy Town Hall on Friday August 3 to take part in the very lively Trivia and Auction Night  organised by the Australian Youth Climate Coalition as part of their national Repower Australia campaign.

Hosted by climate scientist, David Karoly and AYCC volunteer, Max Smith, the night was a great excuse for all the smarty-pants to show off their knowledge and not-so-smarty-pants to bribe the hosts for the answers.

As usual we were overwhelmed by the generous support of local businesses who donated food, drink and prizes including… Raw Wine, Hudsons Famous Catering, Mountain Goat, Velo Cycles, Global Ballooning, Very Edible Gardens, Panel Pop, Melbourne Bicycle Centre, Hoj Apparel,  Jasper Coffee, Keep Cups and Treading Gently… Thanks!

Funds raised on the night will give a big boost to YCAN’s exciting new project which is harnessing community energy to build scaled-up renewable energy in our own backyard… Yarra Community Solar!

A special thanks to Koel, Phillipa and Laura from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and all the other volunteers from AYCC, YCAN and the Yarra Community Solar project who helped make it such a successful event.

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.


Copenhagen Lanes for Wellington St? City of Yarra Consultation

Let Yarra City Council know you support a Copenhagen bike lane for Wellington St – fill out the survey here.

The City of Yarra is now consulting the community with a proposal to construct a Copenhagen bike lane between Johnston St and Victoria St. Consultation includes an online survey, an information booth in Wellington St for local foot/ cycling traffic and local workers/ businesses, and a community info session in the Reading Room at the Fitzroy Town Hall.

For more info click here

Please contribute to the consultation and support improved cycling infrastructure in Yarra.

Introducing Yarra Community Solar

The Yarra Community Solar (YCS) project is an initiative to establish community owned commercial scale (e.g. systems of about 100kW, 400 panels) solar PV in the community. The funds to buy and install the solar are provided by the community. In return, the community investors receive an annual return. The model encourages zero emissions renewable energy to be produced locally and is specifically aimed at those who can’t currently have solar on their own roof (renters, those who live in apartment blocks, those with an unsuitable roof etc.).

This is a project which the YCAN Energy Working Group is very excited to get right behind and support. See more information about the Yarra Community Solar project here.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead