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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.


RACV Members Unite! Defend Public Transport!

Your membership of RACV is being used by Premier Napthine to manufacture a mandate for building the toll road. BOO! HISS!

BUT there is an election on for the RACV Board right now.

DO NOT THROW OUT your Royal Auto!


DO NOT THROW OUT your Royal Auto!

You will be able to vote for Public transport!

YCAN is part of an action to see RACV Members can make an informed decision!

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DO NOT THROW OUT your Royal Auto!

There will be a Scorecard letting everyone know where the Candidates stand on supporting what their members actual want, within the next few days.

Tell your friends, family, workmates.

Save the Royal Auto from the bin & get ready to vote!

We will be sharing the scorecard with you shortly!

Smart Blocks Event for Yarra

Our friends at Yarra Energy Foundation have given us a heads up about an interesting Smart Blocks event:

From data via the City of Yarra website we know 26.2% live in high density. So this event is highly relevant for many people in Yarra.

Briefly, Smart Blocks provides a collection of helpful tools that help you figure out which of your strata’s common areas are best to deal with first, and how. Its brought to you in a series of workshops that help you clarify commercial and technical context of the right changes, and gets down to practical steps to navigate your way to efficiency.

The Yarra event is on 2nd OctoberSmithSt.

Smart Blocks was developed in partnership between Strata Community Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, Owners Corporation Network of Australia and Green Strata, and has received funding from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism as part of the Energy Efficiency Information Grants Program.

But Wait there’s More…Street Stall

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YCAN continues to hold street stalls and talk to the community.

This coming weekend we will be in Richmond.

Saturday 10am to 1pm

Corner of Bridge Rd & Church St, Richmond.

Join with us.

We will have information on the Trains Not Toll Roads (TNT) Campaign and if you want to have a talk about how the Toll road would effect you or just chat about the climate of Climate Change Crisis we are there to listen.

If you feel you want to take action on the Trains Not Toll Roads Campaign and help us then call:

Ian Mack 0422 952 554



Photo Opportunity

SOLAR Photo Day

PV in Yarra

Quick update on Yarra Community Solar.

We have a team of excellent people squirreling away at developing the project.

And like that swan you see gracefully swimming, we are serenely gliding along.                                        Meanwhile under the waterline there is a mass of activity as we paddle this project along.

One of the many things being working on is the Yarra Community Solar (YSC) website as a standalone site for the project.

As you all know YCS is a project of Yarra Climate Action Now, which is intended to fly solo when it is grown up.

Hence the need for a photo or two. Come for the photo, stay for a chat.


WHERE: Fitzroy Bowls Club, Edinburgh Gardens. (Gather together for a chat and ale)

DATE: Sunday 18 August (After the Farmers Against Fracking in City Square)

TIME: 3PM (Bowls club) 4pm PHOTO IN Edinburgh Gardens.

All Welcome – Bring your family!

PS Hardhats optional