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The Year that Was and the Future that Could Be!

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There are some troubling things going on in the world at the moment. It seems that we’re at a point where we can either take hold of a future narrative or let the narrow minded decide what our future will be…

Transition Darebin has been hard at work this year and we’ve achieved a lot. Make no mistake though we are at a crossroads where we can hope that the world doesn’t follow a path of consumption, waste, greed selfishness and fear or define the future that we want…

But to do this we need people taking action together!

Transition Darebin, as an organisation has a responsibility to hold an Annual General Meeting but more importantly as a social movement we have a responsibility to give every option for people to join in and be a part of molding the narrative for ourselves, our children and the future. We know people are busy and we’re not asking for a massive commitment, just a willingness to get involved in the organisation and coordination of projects, that help build a resilient, localised and sustainable Darebin.

Next Wednesday is the opportunity to do that with our AGM/Discussion session “The Year that was and the Future that Could Be!”. This will be a chance to talk about where we have been and more importantly talk about where we have been. We’ll also be forming the new coordination group, so if you are thinking of getting more involved or have a project you want to see then come along.
Thornbury Local
635 High Street Thornbury (upstairs)
30th November
7:30pm

Registration can be made a https://register.eventarc.com/36466/the-year-that-was-and-the-future-that-could-be . Registration is $10 which includes membership to TD. Even if you can’t go consider registering and ticking ‘I won’t be there’ to join TD and help support our work.


Other Events and Activities


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South Preston Food Swap
Corner Oakover Road and High Street, Preston
11- 2pm
Free Event, all welcome
Click here for more info

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Our Apple Tree… ‘Tree Bee’!
Our last working bee at the Apple Tree will be on the 11th of December from 1pm.
Corner Herbert Street and Beavers Road.
For more information click here 

darebin-councilLet make sure that Darebin City Council is committed to taking serious action on climate change.
Click here to complete a survey on how to make the council carbon neutral by 2020.

 

25 November, 2016 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

Transition Velcro: Opportunities to stick to

2014 is drawing to a close but not before some final Transition Darebin Events

Saturday 13th DecemberTransition Darebin Food Swap

Melbourne’s event that stops the nation – Transition Darebin’s Food Swap is on Saturday 13th December 11-12 at Chalice garden, 251 High St Northcote. We will swap and give away edible and plantable materials – leaves, fruits, roots, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, ideas, techniques, observations, plus recipes and crafts to utilise what we grow. All welcome, so tell all your friends and neighbours, and see you at the garden!

Sunday 14th December: Our Apple Tree: Crafternoon and Working Bee

Last month we had a great session channelling ‘Bob the Builder’ as we constructed seats and a table for the tree. This month ‘we’re getting crafty’ with our very first Apple Tree Crafternoon.

The highlight will be a paper making demonstration as well as a craft table to upcycle your old cards into mini-works of art. We’ll also be livening up the seats with as much bright outdoor paint as we can find, making a handprint sign for the space, searching for berries and just generally getting into the real festive spirit of being part of a community.

Of course we don’t have a patent on creativity so if you have a skill or something that you think would add to the garden then please come on down and show us how it’s done!

When: 14th December 2014 2:00 – 5:00

Where: Our Apple Tree (corner of Herbert Street and Beavers Road)

What to bring: clothes to get dirty, old Christmas (or any other) cards, any leftover bright outdoor paint and whatever else you’d like to spend an afternoon crafting. If you’d like to something to share for afternoon tea would also be appreciated (but not essential)

Transition In the Pub: Goodbye 2014 Drinks

A very casual excuse for a cold beer and a chat about the year that was and the one that will be. Super informal but if you’ve got a question, want to float an idea, want to know more about TD or just want to meet some people and talk over what 2015 holds for the Country, the town, the environment or the future of good beer then please join us. As an added incentive (/threat) it’s also open mic night!
This is an open invitation night so whether you have never heard of Transition Darebin or are Rob Hopkins himself, all are welcome (look for the grey hatted man!)
For more information on these or any other Transition Darebin events email transitiondarebin@gmail.com

3 December, 2014 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Transition Darebin Coordination Meeting

522310_249619015161542_82743805_nDo 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?

Are you interested in connecting with other local people who are taking and an active role in addressing climate change and peak everything?

Transition Darebin facilitates many activities and coordinates many groups and individuals  who are working towards a stable climate, a localized and resilient Darebin and a strong sense of community empowerment. The Transition Darebin Coordination Meetings are the core of these activities. These are open meetings and all comers are very welcome whether you are a TD original or just want to see what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

This month we’re welcoming our new coordination group and also will be starting down the path of a process called holistic management to ensure clarity, effectiveness and purpose for all that Transition Darebin does from here on.

 

Sound interesting?………then we look forward to seeing you on the first of December

 

When: Monday 1st December @ 7:30pm

Where: 52 Johnson St, Thornbury

What: Yourself and your ideas!

24 November, 2014 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Apple Tasting Festival

Join us Sunday 27th March for the Heritage Fruit Society’s Apple Tasting Festival at

Petty’s Orchard
1 Homestead Rd
Templestowe
(Melways 22 A12)

Entry benefits the Heritage Fruit Society – $10 adult; $20 family; $2 child.

Talks by Alana Moore (chooks), Permablitz, apple tasting, stalls (info, food & drink), trees & fruit for sale; children’s activities.

Bring your picnic gear, water, sunscreen.

Togetherness: We could meet up for lunch at 1pm at the Yarra River via the arboretum walk between fruit and nut trees.
Transport: It’s a hilly 5km bike ride from Eltham train station, so you keen and fit people, meet us at the orchard gate at 11am. Interested in car pooling? Please contact Marion at marioncin@fastmail.fm if you need a list or wish to offer one.

21 March, 2011 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Local Food Tour

On Saturday 9th of October more than 30 people came on on a tour of local food sites, taking in community gardens, productive backyards, Preston Market and a talk on Preston’s rich food producing history, as publicised in the Preston Leader a couple of weeks ago.

See pictures here!

We met at Sprout, a community garden next to Thornbury station that helps people experiencing homelessness and mental illness get some hands-on skills. The garden plots are communal rather than private, and the garden throws open its gates to the wider community with a market on the first Thursday of the month.

Transition Darebin’s very own Kat Lavers opened our eyes to the useful weeds growing all around us on our way to Angelo’s house. Angelo’s house has an amazingly productive permaculture bursting out of his backyard and he was only to happy to give away tips and even seedlings and cuttings to people inspired to start growing their own.

At Costante Imports on Bell Street we found all kinds of food processing and preserving equipment – which is just what you need if you have a yard as abundant as Angelo’s!

Then we grabbed lunch from Preston market and walked to a nearby park to listen to tales of Preston’s food-producing past from Merv Lia from the Preston Historical Society. You can download a scanned copy of Merv’s notes (PDF, 292 KB).

Finally we had a well-deserved sit down at Motor Mower cafe on Murray Road where we heard about how a cafe can be set up in a low-impact way.

See the map below or download the schedule (PDF, 60KB).

food tour map

10 October, 2010 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Inaugural Transition Darebin Autumn Leaf Harvest

Do you have a garden, make compost or keep small animals? Stop paying a fortune for straw and bedding, and start using a free locally abundant resource. Now is the season when large European street trees in Darebin drop a bounty of leaves that are rich in carbon and fantastic for your soil.

Transition Darebin folks collected a leafy bounty on June the 6th on one of Alphington’s plane-tree lined streets.

Olivier, Sally & Angus

Olivier, Sally & Angus

The movie…

7 June, 2010 at 1:52 pm 1 comment

Permablitz #89 in conjunction with Transition Darebin and Permaculture Inner North

Short days, cool weather and a forecast for rain can’t keep keen blitzers indoors. Where there’s a yard to make over, they’re there in spades. Or is that shovels? That was just one of life’s more enduring questions to be debated on Saturday 29th May in Damian’s front yard as its gentle slope was engineered into swales to feed a future orchard. In between chai breaks and a hot vegie feast, an old bath tub was converted into a frog bog, surrounded by relocated rocks and plants, and a new ‘plucking garden’ laid out next to the back door.

There aren’t many social occasions where the guests are asked to bring a plate of rotting food. In this case the bounty of past-it produce went into the compost pile along with a healthy helping of manure, leaves, straw and grass. Paul the compost connoisseur demonstrated the Berkeley hot compost method, the result of which Damian will be able to spread on his new garden in a matter of weeks.

Pre-swales: Maximum run-off

Pre-swales: Maximum run-off

Water catchment for yet-to-be planted fruit trees

Water catchment for yet-to-be planted fruit trees

You can also see the whole day unfold on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who dug, mulched and weeded. See you at the next blitz!

If you are a Darebin resident who has a balcony, courtyard, back or front garden ready to be transformed into an edible oasis, simply lend a hand at 3 blitzes then get in touch with Transition Darebin! Find blitzes happening near you at www.permablitz.net.

31 May, 2010 at 12:44 pm Leave a comment

Chutney Workshop #1

They came, they chopped, they chutneyed!

On Sunday 28th February a team of dedicated Transitioners converted a box of locally-grown tomatoes donated by Yellow Box Organics into bottles of tasty chutney to be served at the Darebin Kite Festival.

While we are not much closer to understanding the difference between a relish, a pickle and a chutney, we did learn to chutneyfy almost anything using our taste buds, a simple sweet-acid-salt-spice formula and a very easy bottling technique that can also be used for jams, fruit and other preserves.

Check out these pictures as the workshop unfolded…

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chopping tomatoes

Into the pot

onions cooking

stirring

ladling

full jar

jars

Would you like to learn how to preserve, or perhaps have food skills to share? Contact Transition Darebin!

1 March, 2010 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

Eating Reservoir! Permablitz #82 in conjunction with Transition Darebin

Providing access to cheap, local, organic food? Check. Building local communities? Check. Getting some exercise outdoors? Check. Learning new skills? Check. Having a good time? Check. When you’re onto a good thing, run with it! Permablitz has been a hugely successful mechanism for bringing food production back to the burbs, and Transitioners have been working to get more blitzes happening in Darebin.

On Saturday 21st November more than 40 keen-as-mustard blitzers, fuelled by an unbelievable feast of traditional Greek food, transmogrified* Caro, Greg and Angelina’s little slice of Reservoir into a beautiful vegie patch with a rock wall terrace, a greywater mulch pit system to supply a future fruit orchard, and a multipurpose fire circle/sandpit/outdoor in-ground seating area.

During the day we learned how to make dolmades from Angela, string with cordyline leaves from Kat, and netting from Robynann. Caro also gave a tour of the Amazing Frog Bog (featuring a relocated frog that we rescued from the cordyline stump!), and the Transition Darebin team discussed our plans for 2010 and beyond with the locals.

But enough talk, check out these photos!

At the Pre-blitz design visit:

Site of the vegie-patch-to-be

Site of the vegie-patch-to-be

Caro and Kat admiring the "room for improvement"!

Caro and Kat admiring the "room for improvement"!

Nearing the end of the blitz:

The brand new vegie patch

The brand new vegie patch

Improvements accomplished!

Improvements accomplished!

You can also see the whole day unfold on YouTube.

Thanks to everyone who shoveled, mulched and weeded. See you at the next blitz!

If you are a Darebin resident who has a balcony, courtyard, back or front garden ready to be transformed into an edible oasis, simply lend a hand at 3 blitzes then get in touch with Transition Darebin! Find blitzes happening near you at www.permablitz.net.


*Transmogrify: to transform, as if by magic!

23 November, 2009 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

Moving house on two wheels: Darebin Bike Move #1

Move over Man with a Van! Bicycles are going to be a critical technology when conventional oil goes into decline, but the challenge will be: how do we move really big stuff around? Enter the Bike Move as a reminder of the capability and versatility of the humble push bike. On Saturday 25th July 2009, a group of courageous Darebinites moved Russell’s entire personal effects from East Brunswick to West Heidelberg (through but not as originally planned within Darebin!). This 15 km trip took us a few pleasant hours, via a scenic route along backstreets, through parks, along the creek and past a storage facility where we picked up more (yes, more!) of Russell’s stuff.

Bike movers ready to go!

Bike movers ready to go!

Trailers on the trail

Trailers on the trail

Russell towing his gear

Russell takes in the scenery while pedalling his futon and frame, filing cabinets and bookshelf up the hill!

What’s the best part of a bike move? Is it the how-much-stuff-can-I-fit-on-my-bike challenge? Is it the smiles and waves from amazed pedestrians and drivers? Or is it the house warming party at the end?

Perhaps most people won’t ever undertake to move their whole house by bike (although let’s face it, it was pretty fun!), but hopefully this demonstrates that we don’t need a sports utility vehicle to pick up the groceries…

PS. The local paper even did an article about the bike move.

PPS. Check out this fascinating interview of Fatih Birol from the International Energy Association (IEA) by Guardian journalist George Monbiot on the status of conventional oil and its implications for transportation.

Are you a cyclist? Do you live in Darebin? Are you moving house? Get in touch with Transition Darebin and be moved by the power of two wheels!

27 July, 2009 at 2:52 am 2 comments


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