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Greening Moreland Forum – Saturday 30 November

20131130-Greening-Moreland-ForumMoreland Energy Foundation in conjunction with Moreland City Council are holding a forum for residents, community groups and businesses to discuss and network on environmental sustainability issues, to make a greener Moreland.

It is a chance to catch up with the many groups and individuals across the municipality working on sustainability from many different angles.

The event will also provide an opportunity for ideas and input into the creation of the Moreland Community Climate Action Plan being developed by Moreland Council.

An introductory session will use a 2 minute market process, allowing every person an opportunity in turn to speak uninterrupted and explain what they or their organisation are doing regarding environmental or sustainability activities, or areas they are interested in working in.

When: 9.45am to 1.00pm Saturday 30 November
Where: Coburg Town Hall – Concert Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg (Entry at the back via Urquhart St)
Booking: Attendance is free but RSVP at MEFL website is required for Catering purposes
Lunch: Lunch Food provided free after the forum.
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Merri Creek Bird Survey at Bababi Djinanang November 2013

Red-browed Finch

Red-browed Finch

The quarterly bird survey along Merri Creek is on Sunday 10 November. In Fawkner the survey is at Bababi Djinanang. Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road, Fawkner (Melway 18 A2) just before 8.45am.

Beginner-birders are always welcome to participate in surveys. Bring binoculars if you have them, and preferably wear sombre colours. Closed-in footwear and a sunhat would also be useful. No dogs, please.

Also on 10 November following the surveys, you are invited to a workshop on tackling Common (Indian) Mynas, an invasive pest bird.
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Come and join the Fawkner Festa 2013

SusFawkner-2013Fawkner-Festa-posterSustainability Fawkner have our regular Food swap on the Saturday 9 November from 10.30am to 12.30pm in CB Smith Reserve. Come along early with your garden produce to swap and stay and join the rest of the festivities for the afternoon.

Moreland council have a full list of activities on this week which includes:

  • Fawkner Postcards exhibition and other events at Fawkner Library – Wednesday to Saturday
  • Social Bowls and competition at Fawkner Bowling Club
  • Fawkner interfaith celebration
  • Live music and entertainment at Major Rd and Bonwick St shops from Wednesday to Friday 11.30am to 1.30pm

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‘One person’s rubbish is another person’s riches’ Photo Competition

SusFawkner-recycled-wheelbarrowSustainable Fawkner want pictures of your proudest recycling moment, hard-rubbish treasures and re-purposed trash. Be eligible to win suitably sustainable prizes!

You can load them on our Facebook events page

or email to

Hard copies can also be received at Fawkner Community House, CB Smith Reserve, Jukes Road, Fawkner

Photos will be exhibited and judged by popular vote at Fawkner Festa on 9th November & Fawkner Community House Community Market on 30th November.

Can you Zero your Waste for a Week? November 2013 challenge

Take the Zero Waste for a week ChallengeMoreland Council is particularly active in reducing it’s carbon footprint and achieving carbon neutrality in it’s operations. This still involves purchase of international carbon offset credits.

Waste collection, storage and landfill is one of the big costs, in terms of money and in generating greenhouse gases. If homes and businesses can reduce waste through more recycling and composting, then this is a substantial saving in both council expense, which can then be directed into other amenities, and in reducing carbon pollution from waste management.

To highlight the importance of reducing waste Moreland Council is urging Moreland residents to take the Zero Waste for a Week Challenge this November, to reduce your landfill waste to zero for one week.

“It’s not as hard as it sounds, changing the way you buy goods and produce, composting food scraps and recycling more all make a huge difference. Free workshops will be available throughout November on food waste avoidance and composting to help you cut your waste to zero. For more information or to register call Council on 9240 1111 or go to Zero waste for a Week Challenge” says the Council promotional material.

Registration for the challenge is only open to Moreland Residents but information is open to everyone. Tips and information on how you can achieve Zero Waste, or even substantially minimise your waste is available from Moreland Council – Zero waste for a Week Challenge. The first 150 residents to register will receive a free Waste Wise kit.

Wills Meet the Candidates Climate Forum Election 2013

For the 2013 Federal Election, come and hear what the candidates have to say about policies, particularly on climate change and sustainability. Sustainable Fawkner is a sponsor of this event organised by Climate Action Moreland. The Following Wills Candidates have agreed to attend:

  • Dean O’CALLAGHAN, (Save the Planet)
  • Kelvin THOMSON, (Australian Labor Party)
  • Margarita WINDISCH, (Socialist Alliance)
  • Tim READ, (Greens)

We are hoping that the other candidates: Shilpa Hegde for the Liberal Party and Adrian Trajstman for the Australian Sex Party, and any other candidate that registers for the poll in Wills, will also come along to highlight their climate and sustainability policies.

When: 7.00pm for 7.30pm start, 19th August
Where: Coburg Concert Hall, Moreland Civic Centre, 90 Bell Street, Coburg
Facebook: register for this event on Facebook

This is a family friendly event. Gold coin donation. Further information: sallyRose m. 0431 445 930

Climate Action Moreland has organised this event but is supported by other community groups around Moreland including: Moreland Bicycle Users Group (BUG), Brunswick Residents Network, CERES, Sustainable Fawkner, Friends of Upfield Linear Park

You may wish to compare the policies of the major parties ahead of time from the Vote Climate website or check out the Climate Institute 2013 election pollute-o-meter.

Flyers in colour and grayscale are attached below to print or photocopy and distribute.


Bird survey: Red-capped Robin visits Bababi Djinanang grasslands

Red-capped Robin at Bababi Djinanang

Red-capped Robin at Bababi Djinanang

The Merri Creek bird survey at Bababi Djinanang in Fawkner recorded 36 different bird species in the May survey. Last year the survey at the same time of year recorded a similar number: 37 species. Relatively still conditions, but overcast made for good birdwatching. For several birds we heard their song well before seeing them.

Some of the highlights of the survey include seeing a purple swamphen in the reeds where Central Creek meets Merri Creek. Though common elsewhere along Merri Creek and Edgars Creek it is not often seen in Fawkner.

Up in the open grasslands we flushed into flight some Brown Quail, saw Spotted Pardalotes in a mixed species feeding group, and even caught a sight of a Golden-headed Cisticola.

Right at the end in some re-vegetated woodland at the edge of the grasslands we came across a Red-capped Robin (Petroica goodenovii) mingling with a small flock of female Flame Robins. An exciting find, not having been seen before at this location. Red-capped robins favour perching on rocks and low branches and are subject to predation by domesticated and feral cats, and nests sometimes raided by larger bird species. Welcome to Fawkner, little Red-capped Robin!
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Surveying the birds of the Merri in Winter Sunday 26 May

IMG_1101_New_Holland_HoneyeaterAutumn is upon us and another bird survey is about to take place up and down Merri Creek. Bird surveys provide useful data for mapping the changing patterns and distribution of bird species. It is one small but significant way that anyone can contribute to science. (See Using Citizen Science in Urban Bird Studies)

In Fawkner the survey will be at Bababi Djinanang (Jukes Road grasslands), Fawkner. Meet on Merri Path at end of Jukes Road at 8.45am, Sunday 26 May 2013.
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May 2013 Fawkner Food swap and news

Gourmet basil and bags of persimmons at May Food Swap

Gourmet basil and bags of persimmons at May Food Swap

As autmun leaves change colour, and temperatures start to drop for winter, come and join our merry band at the Sustainable Fawkner food swap. Saturday is forecast to be a fine day, so take a walk or ride a bike to see us at the Fawkner Community House, just behind the Fawkner Leisure Centre.

We set up on Saturday at 10.30am at Fawkner Community House with excess produce from our gardens to share.

Update: Lots of garden produce, lots of people, lots of friendly chatter. See below for images and details.
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Cut the $10billion fossil fuel subsidies

Climate Action Moreland stall

Climate Action Moreland stall

Climate Action Moreland will be outside the Mechanics Institute on Sydney Road in Brunswick canvassing for reduced fossil fuel subsidies and asking what you would like this money spent on. If your in the area, call in and have a chat.
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