Transition Coordination Group

Do you want to get more active in promoting a re-localised and resilient Darebin? Do you have an idea for a project that TD can help with or a skill that can help us build community engagement? Or do you just want to connect with people taking an active role in addressing climate change and peak everything? The TD coordination meetings provide these opportunities and many more. All are welcome.

When: Tuesday 9th September @ 7:30pm

Where: 19 Mitchell st, Northcote

What: Yourself and your ideas!



4 September, 2014 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Fruit squad maintenance training sessions for August/September

Fruit squad are taking bookings for the following maintenance workshops:

Session B: Fig and olive tree training, Northcote – Sunday 31st August 2-4pm

Session C: Pomegranate tree – Saturday 13th September 2-4pm

Session D: Orange and lemon tree – Sunday 28th September 2-4pm

All the training will be undertaken by Elspeth Ferguson, a very experienced horticulture trainer. The sessions will cover tree care, pruning, harvesting and how to tell when the fruit is ripe. The cost per session is $15 for TD members and $20 for others. Places are strictly limited so first come, first served.

Please RSVP on ASAP if you are keen to attend, and specify which sessions you would like to book in to.

18 August, 2014 at 11:39 am Leave a comment

Two Upcoming TD Events…Food Swap & Building Resilience

Food Swap:

TD’s Northcote food swap is this Saturday 12th July 11-12noon at Chalice garden (251 High St). Heaps of produce and free planting materials – seeds, seedlings, cuttings. All welcome!

Survive and Thrive:

Transition Darebin invite you to Survive and Thrive, only Melbourne event of the speaking tour by Nicole Foss and David Holmgren, this Tuesday 15th at Chalice Hall, 251 High St Northcote (7pm for 7.30 start).

Special musical performance by Priestessa and Dash.

Building Resilience in an Era of Limits to Growth

Nicole Foss will explore the links between the converging pressures facing us – economic contraction, peak energy and geopolitical stress. She will outline the implications for our everyday lives and share practical solutions she has observed from around the world.
Permaculture Surfing the Property Bubble Collapse

Drawing from 30 years of permaculture teaching, designing and demonstrating rural and urban agriculture food production systems for sustainable living, Transition activism and personal example, David Holmgren will outline practical strategies to help households and communities survive, thrive and contribute to a better world.

12 July, 2014 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Survive and thrive – public talk by Nicole Foss and David Holmgren!

Survive and thrive, strategies for a new economy, the public talk by Nicole Foss and David Holmgren at Uniting Church in Northcote is presented by Transition Darebin in association with Holmgren Design.

Please check the event page for the venue details and more info.

To book your place for the evening go to the website below. $20 now or $25 at the door.



24 June, 2014 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

Change of Venue for Transition in the Pub – Wednesday 25 June

Please note the venue for the Transition in the Pub discussion for Wednesday 25 (tomorrow night) has changed. It will now be at: Nest Co-working 829a High St Thornbury 7.30pm.

Kathryn from Rossmoyne Street Thornbury  tells the epic tale of how they’ve created a vibrant and friendly community (complete with Scarecrows!). Mary from Transition Banyule will also be coming down to talk about a new resource to help you take steps to do exactly the same in your street.So come down for an evening of informal discussion as we show how you can build community literally at your doorstep!

24 June, 2014 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Transition in the Pub – Wednesday June 25 – With special guest speaker

Hi TD,

Wednesday June 25 we are having Transition in the Pub, with a special guest speaker. Kathryn from Rossmoyne Street Thornbury will share the tale of how they’ve created a vibrant and friendly community (complete with Scarecrows!). Mary from Transition Banyule will also be coming down to talk about a new resource to help you take steps to do exactly the same in your street. So come down for an evening of informal discussion as we show how you can build community literally at your doorstep!
Invite your friends/family on facebook here.
Location: Nest Coworking 829a High StHigh street, Thornbury, Victoria, Australia 3071
Time: Wednesday June 25, 7:30pm.

20 June, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Sunday 1 June: two free workshops on home energy efficiency

Sunday the 1st of June seems to be the day to get your house all rugged up and ready for winter!
Sally, Serenity and Kirsten are hosting a home energy efficiency workshop in Thornbury and inviting our neighbours to share lunch for Global Sharing Day – TDers are most welcome to come along too (see the flyer attached and basic details below). And there’s a new facebook page for our neighbourhood, so if you live in or around Ballantyne Street, like it here
If you’re over in the southern part of Darebin, you can go to a similar workshop on the same day at Alphington Community Centre – they’ve also got a range of other sustainable living workshops happening too, including beginner backyard chooks next weekend (see all the details below).
Thornbury workshop
Ballantyne Big Lunch and Winter Warmer Workshop
1pm lunch (bring a plate to share)
2pm home energy efficiency workshop
1/15 Ballantyne Street Thornbury
Alphington workshops
May 25: Beginners Backyard Chooks: $25.00
These feathered friends are not only beautiful additions to any backyard but produce wonderful eggs, provide free garbage disposal and enrich your soil with their poo!! Come and learn how to incorporate these delightful creatures into your backyard and your family!!
June 1: Retrofitting your house: FREE!!
Learn energy saving tips for your household and workplace with local sustainability experts.
June 8: Winter Vegie Gardening for Beginners: $10.00
Winter is the perfect season to get your  greens in the ground  and get your patch of dirt ready for spring planting. Come and learn the basics with local horticulturist Gary.
Alphington Community Centre – 2 Kelvin Road, Alphington


18 May, 2014 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Bundoora Farmers Market cycle outing 3rd May

TD is doing another bike ride on the 3rd May, following the successful one in March.  

We will meet at 9.15am at Darebin parklands entrance on Separation st – which is the most easterly end (note: the train gets into Alphington station at 9.05 and it is a short ride from there). If you could let me know if you are keen to join us that would be great. Children are very welcome, and this will be a leisurely cycle which should take us under an hour each way. Make sure you bring your panniers with you, so that you can take some fresh veggies and goodies home with you on the way back. 

Market specials are the huge field mushrooms which are delish, and the smoked hocks of ham for a yummy winter soup. The tea stall is worth perusing as is the honey stall, and the 100% Australian peanut butter is made of – you guessed it. Bring a mug with you too for your morning coffee and there are plenty of tasty treats to choose from.

We hope you can join us on this trail, it will be off road the whole way. Register interest with

26 April, 2014 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Beginner’s guide to organic pest and disease control training – Wed 26 March

Hi folks,

Please come along to this first in a series of training workshops/presentations for Darebin Fruit Squad Volunteers.

‘Beginner’s Guide to Organic Pest Control’ – with Kat Lavers.  A light dinner will be provided.  Transition Darebin members can attend at a reduced cost.

Where: The presentation will be held at CERES, Van Ray Centre, Rooms 2 & 3, entry via the main entrance, corner of Stewart and Roberts St, East Brunswick. 

When: 6:30pm Wednesday 26 March 

Bookings Essential: Call 9482 5100 or Email:

Cost: $20 or $15 if TD members. Free for Fruit Squad Volunteers and registered Fruit Donors

It’s also open to the public so if you know of someone else who would like to attend feel free to send them these details.

Cheers, Liz.

24 March, 2014 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

Transition in the Pub – This Tuesday – Farouk’s Olive

Do you have an interesting sustainable neighbourhood idea you would like to discuss?  Have you got a project you have always fancied getting off the ground?  Well the Transition in the Pub night might be just the thing for you.  We are having a general gathering and catch up evening with no set speaker this time round.  So why not pop along for a bevvy and a catch up?  We look forward to seeing you there.

When Tuesday 25th March 2014, 7:00pm

Where: Farouk’s Olive, 711 High Street Thornbury

The Transition Darebin organising group

24 March, 2014 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

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