About Us

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.

Our aim is to act as a catalyst in building resilient, re-localised, low carbon, thriving communities in response to climate change.

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 Banyule area are:

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.

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 conflict” workshops
  • community planning and visioning sessions
  • transport forums and events
  • the Transition Streets program
  • and (together with Sustainable Macleod) the Transition to a Safe Climate Conference 2018.

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