Sustainability in the Suburbs 2020:
Transition Banyule Network is a collaboration of local suburb-based groups in the local area:
Montmorency Community Group Inc: started October 2009. Dedicated to creating a sustainable and resilient Montmorency. Activities include veggie swap 1st Sunday each month.
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Transition 3081: Focused on postcode 3081 – Heidelberg West, Heidelberg Heights and Bellfield
Activities include veggie swap 1st Sat each month, active Facebook page and a monthly community gathering at Johnson Reserve.
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Transition Warringal: focusing on postcode 3084 (Heidelberg, Rosanna & Viewbank)
Empowering people to live healthy and happy lives for a sustainable future.
Sustainable Greensborough: Activities to engage with the local community on issues of climate change, sustainable living practices, and the building of community resilience.
Sustainable Watsonia: Members are passionate about developing a strong vibrant community working towards zero waste and providing practical ideas to living sustainably.
Sustainable Community Ivanhoe: Links people in Ivanhoe, Bellfield, East Ivanhoe and Eaglemont interested in improving the environment and connection with neighbours.
Our aim is to act as a catalyst in building resilient, re-localised, low carbon, thriving communities in response to climate change
Transition movement in Banyule
We focus on the local government area of Banyule in Melbourne. Banyule has a population of 127,000 and has 21 suburbs bounded by the Yarra River and Darebin Creek. We have found that people connect more effectively with a community of 3,000 people, say, rather than 120,000. So we have actively nurtured and encouraged Transition groups that are based on a local suburb or postcode.Thus the Transition groups within our local network are:
- Montmorency Community Group
- Transition 3081
- Transition Warringal
- Sustainable Greensborough
- Sustainable Watsonia
- Sustainable Community Ivanhoe
These Transition groups run events and hands-on projects and indeed the wide range of projects that any Transition group would undertake, focused on their local area.
Transition Banyule started in October 2009, inspired by the worldwide Transition movement and in particular the training offered in Australia by a visiting team from Totnes, UK, February 2009.
What we do
Meanwhile programs for the whole of Banyule are generally organised by a collaborative project team with people from the various groups, under the banner of Transition Banyule, such as:
- Transition training workshops
- Edible garden tours (2011-2015)
- Creative projects such as “drawing in edible gardens”
- “Transforming power” workshops
- Community planning and visioning sessions
- Transport forums and events
- The Transition Streets program
- Transition to a Safe Climate Conference 2018 (together with Sustainable Macleod)
Transition Banyule also
- Encourages development of local transition groups and coordinates communication between them.
- Initiates new projects such as Co-housing Banyule, nature strip lobby group, Transition Streets
- Lobbies Council via input to community plan and specific issues
- Liaises with the wider transition movement
- Represents Transition in the wider community, for example presentation at MAV conference Power to the People Sept 2016