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Climate Solutions Webinar Series

Webinar Three: Trends in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in Australia

Join Tim Washington from the Electric Vehicle Council when he  presents a free online webinar for  the community. All are welcome to participate.

Missed the webinar? View it on YouTube:

Wednesday 15th July at 7.00pm
For approximately an hour with Q&A at the end.
Venue: Online (on your couch?)
Register: on EventBrite

This session is for people who want to learn more about the future of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia. Find out about the trends in electric vehicles, the solutions for charging (particularly in tricky situations like multi-unit dwellings or properties with no off-street parking) and best practice from around the world.


Tim Washington is the founder and director of JET Charge, Australia’s largest EV charging infrastructure business. JET Charge is also a co-founder of Chargefox, Australia’s largest EV charging network. Tim is also the Chair of the Electric Vehicle Council, the peak body for the electric vehicle industry in Australia.

Climate Solutions Webinar Series

Webinar Two: Biochar for a Sustainable World

In June 2020 Dr Adrian Morphett from Earth Systems presented a free online webinar for the community. He covered how biochar is produced and about its economic, soil health and carbon sequestration benefits. This was the second online webinar in our Climate Solutions Series.

Missed the Webinar?

Relive it on YouTube:

And view the presentation:
Section 1.    Section 2.    Section 3.

Wednesday 17 June at 7.00pm (for approximately an hour with a Q&A after).
Venue: Online via Zoom
Register on Eventbrite.

Biochar is a form of stable carbon produced from organic matter that represents a practical, localised opportunity for carbon sequestration. It is also tremendously beneficial for soil health. Dr Morphett runs a facility on behalf of the nearby City of Manningham which produces biochar from the municipality’s green waste marketed under the brand Green Man Char.

This is the second in the YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series and you are most welcome to participate.

YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series

Webinar One: The Importance of Soil Health
in a Changing World

During May 2020 YCAN held the first online webinar in our Climate Solutions Series.

Guest speaker Sue Bestow from the Office of the National Soils Advocate spoke to the audience of over 20 people about the potential for improved soil health to revolutionise agriculture and draw-down significant amounts of carbon. Testament to the quality of Sue’s presentation was the very high level of engagement and questions throughout.

To contact Sue visit the Office of National Soils Advocate website.

Missed the Webinar?

Relive it on YouTube:

View the presentation:
Section 1.    Section 2.    Section 3.

Wednesday 20 May at 7.00 pm

The first of the YCAN Climate Solutions Webinar Series for 2020. You are invited to this free webinar about the significant opportunities presented by improving soil health with
Sue Bestow, the Office of the National Soil Advocate.

Missed this webinar? View the meeting documents.

Register now on Eventbrite

Please download the poster and circulate it widely

YCAN Submissions so far this year

Yarra Council had only met four times for regular Council meetings this year, before the coronavirus shut them down. YCAN managed to make four submissions — one written submission, and three verbal submissions, including two at the final council meeting when social distancing rules were in place.

You can read the submissions here.

And we are still having our monthly meetings, like everyone else, on Zoom.



Mystery YCAN Member

In the April Newsletter under Getting to Know Your YCAN Committee, we didn’t really intend it to be a mystery member. No prizes if you guessed who it was!

Somewhere between the draft and the published newsletter, the name dropped off. It was in fact Carole who is pictured in the newsletter with a handmade sign for the Victorian Interim Emissions Reductions Targets Campaign.

A New YCAN Convenor


YCAN recently held their 2019 AGM. At the meeting, Geoff Golden was elected the incoming YCAN Convenor. This follows the decision by Kerry Echberg, after six years of passionate service in the role, to take a step back. Kerry will continue as an active member of the committee.

YCAN congratulates the other re-elected office bearers, including Carole Wilkinson (Deputy Convenor), Kevin Cato (Treasurer) and Sarah Deasey (Secretary).

Kerry’s final Annual Report explains why we’re all exhausted! It’s been a very busy year!!


Notice of YCAN Annual General Meeting

Yarra Climate Action Now will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the end of this month, and all members are encouraged to attend. Details below.

Date: Wednesday October 30th (6.30pm start)

Agenda: Items include the Convenor’s Report on 2019 activities, the 2018/2019 Financial Report and the election of office-bearers.

Location: Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, 20 Princes St, North Carlton