Broadmeadows #vicvotes candidates forum at Fawkner

vicvotes2014-fawkner-leafletThe Fawkner Community Strengthening committee have organised a candidates Forum for Fawkner for Tuesday evening 11 November, 6.15pm-8pm at John Fawkner Secondary College, 51 Jukes Rd, Fawkner.

Most of Fawkner was previously in the Thomastown state electorate with sitting Labor MP Bronwyn Halfpenny. An Electoral Commission redistribution has moved the suburb of Fawkner into the Broadmeadows electorate held by sitting Labor MP Frank McGuire.

The election is due to be held on Saturday 29th November 2014. Come along and listen to candidates, ask them questions. The person elected to state parliament will represent you for 4 years. This is your chance to quiz them and the policies they are standing for.

RSVP to the event on eventbrite

Fawkner Candidates meeting 11 November Brochure

Tuesday 11 November: Candidate details
Fawkner Candidates Forum for seat of Broadmeadows. 6.15pm-8pm at John Fawkner Secondary College, 51 Jukes Rd, Fawkner
Broadmeadows candidates (so far):
Frank McGuire (Labor) Facebook page
Jaime de LOMA-OSORIO (Greens) Facebook page
Mohamed Hassan (Voice for the West) (website)

Bush Carpentry Workshops

Bush-carpentry workshops

Come build good stuff with us.
No experience? No worries.

We’ll be making outdoor furniture and planter boxes
from recycled materials. All you need is a sense of fun,
willingness to learn, share and practice your building
skills. Everything we make will be used around Fawkner
to create new community garden spaces.

Where: Fawkner Community House, 79 Jukes Rd Fawkner
There are 3 workshops to chose from:
Sun 12 Oct 10-1pm, Sun 26 Oct 10-1pm and Fri 7 Nov 4-7pm
Book: Colleen 0403 744 045 or colfjones@yahoo.com.au.
Book now, numbers are limited.

A free event suitable for anyone over 16 years old.
Please wear sturdy covered footwear, outdoor clothing suitable for the weather, safety glasses and gloves if you have them. Please bring a water bottle, hand tools if you have them (eg wood saw, hammer), these are not essential, we will have a selection.

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Presented by Urban Bush-Carpenters,
Sustainable Fawkner and Fawkner Community House.
Thanks to Moreland City Council for their support.

Building Fawkner Farmers Project

Building Fawkner Farmers Project

Urban Bush Carpenters and Sustainable Fawkner

Funded by Moreland City Council

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Exciting news! Urban Bush Carpenters and Sustainable Fawkner are holding a series of workshops followed by a Community Celebration where we learn to build planter boxes and furniture from recycled timber which is then placed in the community for everyone to use. Initially we are looking for people to be on an Advisory Committee, which will involve attending a few meetings (probably 2 or 3) in September (and maybe October). The first meeting will be the week of the 22 September, probably Monday or Wednesday evening. If you are interested, let us know what suits. If you can’t make it to those meetings we would welcome ideas about how to promote the project and engage with the community. And if you want to register your interest in attending one of the workshops, that is welcome too!
More details are below. To register for the Advisory Committee or workshops, or any other enquiries email sustainablefawkner@yahoo.com.au

What are we planning to do?

Building Fawkner Farmers is a community building celebration designed to engage a broad cross section of the Fawkner community to meet, connect and learn in fun and engaging workshops, and culminate in a walking tour and celebration. The workshops support novices to build planter boxes and furniture from pre-used timber (pallets). This ‘community infrastructure’ is then placed in community and public places to be used by all. The walking tour and celebration acknowledges the effort, ideas and enthusiasm, and offers a way to participate and build ownership of the broader community by planting a seedling and meeting the builders and farmers.

The workshops will be held in September and October 2014 with the celebration event in late October or as late as mid-November depending on advisory committee advice about timing.

Whereas the workshops will require participants to have a certain level of motor skill and strength, the walk, celebration and ongoing engagement is open to all ages and levels of ability.

Building Fawkner Farmers walking tour and celebration are designed to engage as many local residents as possible. Supported with a pictorial booklet, people will see photos of the boxes in construction, and images of plants to grow and how to sustainably harvest so there’s always something for others. People will see the care and commitment to their community via the idea of building infrastructure for all and planting food for others to harvest.

Building Fawkner Farmers will be a platform to share ideas and build participation in existing food security measures. People will hear what Sustainable Fawkner and the Fawkner Community House do and how to get involved.

Habitat Heroes

Scarlet Robin, blue sky, Mt Wombat small, EuroaMerri Creek Management Committee and Friends of Merri Creek invite you to help out at this event:
Habitat Heroes
Launch & free BBQ including Vegetarian and Halal food

Sunday 24th August, 10am-12.30pm
Eastern end of Jukes Rd Fawkner, (Melway 18 A2)

Featuring: Wurundjeri Elder Welcome to Country, planting, reptile display (including snakes), self-guided walks to learn about the 10 top plants for providing habitat, followed by a BBQ.

Merri Creek Bird Survey 31st August

Later in the month Friends of Merri Creek have their quarterly bird survey on Sunday 31st August
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August food swap plants some fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

planting our fruit trees

Our small orchard was planted today comprising apple and plum trees in our community garden.

We also enjoyed leftover Ferguson Plarre cake donated to the Empowering Moreland Forum plus fresh coffee and tea and sharing winter produce, mainly winter greens and lemons.

Victoria brought along some exquisite sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce that simply melted our tastebuds.
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Open Table Community Lunch

Free Community Lunch this Saturday

Everyone welcome

Food will be Vegetarian Halal

Invite your friends, family and neighbours and meet other members of the community while sharing a meal.

Saturday 2nd August 2014
1 – 3pm
Fawkner Senior Citizens Centre
CB Smith Reserve,
77 Jukes Rd, Fawkner

For more information visit www.open-table.org
or call (03) 9357 4631
Everyone welcome – no need to RSVP

Threat to Merri Creek Path with Sale of Lakeside Secondary College site

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Merri Creek forms an important parkland for the north-south length of Fawkner and Reservoir. It is also an important corridor for wildlife and for users of the Merri Creek Shared bike path which winds its way along the creek sometimes on the east and sometimes the west bank.

The path uses the east bank of the creek behind the Department of Education site in Reservoir, where Lakeside Secondary College once stood. The title to the this site at 31 Radford St, Reservoir extends down to the creek verge. The Educational Department wants to sell the property and has requested the site to be rezoned for Industrial use.

Several hectares of the site lie outside the school fence on a bend of the Creek and have been planted and managed for about 30 years by Darebin Council, as part of the Merri Creek open space corridor.

If the creek frontage is sold without transfer of title to the Crown or Darebin Council, access to and use of the Merri Creek Shared pathway could be threatened.
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Autumn bird survey along Merri Creek

1. Friends of Merri Creek have an informative session on the birds of the Merri and northern Melbourne, on Tuesday 29 April. Please register (see details in flyer below).

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2. Friends of Merri Creek quarterly bird survey – 18 May 2014

IMG_1085_black_faced_cuckoo_shrikeA couple of Autumn events to do with local birdlife. Come along to observe and count cool weather avian visitors at the next Friends of Merri Creek bird surveys on Sunday 18 May, 8.45-10.30am.

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.

Beginner-birders are welcome to the surveys, as well as experienced birders. Bring binoculars if you have them, and drinking water, closed-in footwear and a sunhat. Preferably wear sombre colours. No dogs, please.

How about visiting a part of the Merri that you haven’t seen? – choose a site from the list below.

Survey meeting points:
Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner: Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2).
Egan Reserve-Harding St-Strettle Reserve: Meet at the steps at end of The Grove, East Coburg (Melway 30 A3).
Coburg Lake Reserve: Meet near the car park, Lake Grove Coburg (Melway 17 H10).
Edwardes Lake: Meet at the playground adjacent to Griffiths St, Reservoir (Melway 18 E5).
CERES to Moreland Road: Meet at the seats on the Merri Path at rear of CERES near Blyth Street, East Brunswick (Melway 30 B7).
Phillips Reserve, Merri Park: Meet at the end of Victoria St, East Brunswick, at barbecue shelter (Melway 30 B8).
Hall Reserve- Yarra Bend Park: Meet at the Rotunda, Hall Reserve, Clifton Hill (Melway 2D D1).
Galada Tamboore: Meet at the end of Hatty Court, Campbellfield (Melway 7 K6).
Galgi Ngaark (Craigieburn Grasslands): Meet at the O’Herns Road gate off Hume Highway (Melway 180 E6).

The survey at Bababi Marning will be a week later, on 25 May, 8.45-10.30am. No need to register beforehand.
Bababi Marning (Cooper St Grasslands): Meet outside the Istrian Social Club, Cooper St Epping (Melway 387K10).

Minibeasts and microhabitats – an illustrated Guide

Native Flax

Native Flax

Brian Bainbridge, President of the Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association and also a member of Sustainable Fawkner, will present an illustrated guide to creating a habitat garden using local plants to attract a diversity of wildlife.

This is a Moreland Library service Readmore Event

Where: Coburg Library
When: 6.30 pm, Thursday 1 May 2014

Register for this event online

Craft Afternoons

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4th Saturday of the month

Learn a skill, share a skill or simply craft in company

No tutors, no fees, just us!
12 noon till 3pm,
every fourth Saturday of the month,
Fawkner Community House,
C.B. Smith Reserve, Jukes Road, Fawkner

Contact Colleen: Ph. 0403 744 045
Email sustainablefawkner@yahoo.com.au