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:
- Montmorency Community Group (started October 2009)
- Transition 3081 (started 2010)
- Sustainable Macleod (started 2011)
- Transition Warringal (started 2015)
- Sustainable Greensborough (started 2016)
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