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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

Apple Tree Winter Gathering

522310_249619015161542_82743805_nThere’s a winter gathering and working bee happening at the old apple tree on Sunday the 18th of August. 

When: 18th August from 10:30am – 1:30pm

What to bring: Gardening tools and gloves, some food or drink to share and enthusiasm to connect with your community.

Where: Cnr of Beaver St and Herbert St, Northcote – right next to the train line

 Join the facebook event.

3 August, 2013 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Transition in the Pub! A year of living lightly…

Wednesday 24 July, 7:30-9:30pm
Zingaranikki and kids
875 High Street Thornbury

Come have a casual drink with TD peeps at Zingara’s cafe and hear local Darebin resident Paul Shelton talk about his family’s year of living lightly on the earth. Paul will discuss their experience with practical things such as household energy audits, creative low-impact crafts, gardening on the nature strip, getting rid of rubbish, and buying local.

You can check also out Paul and Nikki’s blog:

Join the facebook event!



7 July, 2013 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

June TD Coord meeting

Monday 17th June

6:30 pm – shared dinner – bring a plate

7:00-8:30 pm TD coord meeting including project updates, working group report backs and general business

All welcome!

1/15 Ballantyne St Thornbury

7 June, 2013 at 8:28 pm 3 comments

Video from Share * Make * Mend

See the video on our facebook page via Global Sharing Day or directly from bambuser

1 June, 2013 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

We are in the Leader this week – come to Share Make Mend!




Read the article online.

see all the details of Share Make Mend in the post below – see you there!


30 May, 2013 at 9:27 pm Leave a comment

Share * Make * Mend

Here’s the updated program… note the urban orchards tour will probably kick off at 2:30 but may run a couple of times as needed, and the food swap will largely be 2-3:30.
Don’t forget to bring along anything you’d like to swap – clothes, books, food – or for repair/advice – broken jewellery, bags, bicycles, ceramics, clothing, shoes, small electrical appliances, toys and umbrellas. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything to bring – you’ll most likely make someone happy by giving something a good home!
And most especially, don’t forget to join the facebook event and invite your friends!
Want to learn some practical DIY skills, be creative and more environmentally sustainable?  On Saturday 1 June, Transition Darebin and the Sharehood are bringing together a diverse range of workshops to share skills in making and mending.
To mark Global Sharing Day in Melbourne, join us for an afternoon of free workshops, a food swap, clothes and book swap and kids’ entertainment, from 1.30 – 4pm at Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High St, Northcote. Draft program below.
If you’d like to help on the day we’d love to hear from you! (email gatherings[at]
Join the facebook event.

20 May, 2013 at 3:47 pm 5 comments

Sustaining Ourselves Workshop 19th May

Iheart_redn the midst of all the work we do for our community and our world, sometimes we forget to nurture ourselves. Drawing on Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects, this full-day workshop will explore resilience in turbulent times. Set in the beautiful Darebin Parklands, this workshop will provide space to grieve, renew and empower those working for a better world.

This workshop is to support transitioners, permaculturalists, greenies, climate activists, environmentalists, upskillers, community developers, occupiers or diy-ers that are troubled by the state of the world, overworked, overstressed, disillusioned, despairing, burnt out, or on that path.

Children are warmly welcome. There will be children’s activities and childminding through the day.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More info.

$20 full | $10 concession | children free

Join the facebook event.

Presented by Doing It Ourselves and Transition Darebin

Read about how participants found a similar workshop we ran in 2011.

4 May, 2013 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

May TD Coordination Meeting

Monday 20th May

6:30 pm – shared dinner – bring a plate

7:00-8:30 pm TD coord meeting including project updates, working group report backs and general business

All welcome!


4 May, 2013 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Transition in the Pub

Wednesday 27 March, Tago Mago, 744 High St, Thornbury, from 8pm dscn3682
Join TD members for a drink and a chat and hear from another Transition group in the UK. We are lucky enough to have Jess from Transition Town Brixton to speak to us about their experiences with developing a local currency, the Brixton Pound. Perhaps we’ll even float the idea of a Darebin Dollar….

This year we plan to hold monthly Transition in the Pub get togethers on the last Wednesday of the month so come along, meet some members actively involved in transition and talk turkey.

19 March, 2013 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

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