Change Makers 2017


Don’t miss this free annual event tomorrow night. Hosted by Banyule Council and led by HumaNature Connect – an organisation who focus on the benefits of nature on our health and well being. This networking event brings together local residents focusing on environmental action and sustainability. The event will include facilitated workshops as well as thoughtful and action-based discussion on some identified key themes of sustainability.

June 8, 2017 at 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Old Shire Offices, 60 Beverley Road , Heidelberg , Victoria 3081

Tickets are limited, book your space online at:

Power for change

The #powerforchange campaign kicked off in Montmorency on Friday the 21 April to take a stand against the Big Polluters. The campaign aims to:

•    Educate about how the Big Polluters keep us bound to dirty fossil fuels
•    Challenge these companies’ spin over the phone and on social media
•    Threatening to divest to clean energy companies

Over the coming months, The Power for Change network will continue to expose the secrets of the Big Polluters and empower thousands of customers and neighborhood groups to demand that clean energy outshines dirty politics.

For further information and to join the campaign go to:

Mapping The Groundswell #2

The second round of  Mapping the Groundswell workshops are coming up in the next couple of weeks. This is an innovate workshop where you can help locate, assess and strengthen Banyule’s sustainability initiates. Come along and tell us about your sustainability project, build relationships and add your project to the map.

Thursday 27th April 11.00am – 2pm with a light lunch provided.
Tuesday 9th May 6.00pm – 9.00pm with a light dinner provided.
At Murundaka Cooperative Community in Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081

Free Event, gold coin donation appreciated towards cost of catering.
RSVP by email to or phone 0431 026 723

Climate Justice & #StopAdani

Learn about the recent national Climate Justice convergence near Canberra, #StopAdani campaign and an exciting range of climate actions we can join.

Hosted by Monty Community Group, Transition Banyule, Sustainable Macleod, Transition Warringal, Transition 3081 and Community Coalition for Caring for Our Common Home.

For more information and RSVP details: Click here: Climate Justice Invitation

Wednesday 26 April 7.30pm
St Francis Xavier Parish (upstairs in the Senior Building), 86 Mayona Street, Montmorency 3094



Mapping the Groundswell Workshop

Transition Banyule invites you to attend a Mapping the Groundswell workshop in February 2017.At this innovative workshop (choose one of the two on offer, daytime or evening) you will help to locate, (self)assess & strengthen Banyule’s sustainability initiatives.

A GROUNDSWELL of sustainable living is underway in Banyule; momentum for change is growing. These workshops will deepen & expand your understanding of sustainability & how to raise the bar; acknowledge work done, build relationships, make connections, enable resilience, catalyse new initiatives, nourish & feed you. Help us find the most glowing examples to be mapped into a gorgeous work of art making this phenomenon more visible, audible, tangible & irresistible.

Monday 6 Feb  11.00am – 2pm with a light lunch provided.
Wed 22 Feb  6.00pm – 9.00pm with a light dinner provided.
At Murundaka Cooperative Community in Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081

Free Event, gold coin donation appreciated towards cost of catering.
RSVP by email to or phone 0431 026 723

Maybe you know of a school, a workplace, a local business or a community group that is taking some initiative towards sustainability. If so, please let us know of the project and we can send a personalised invitation.

MAV Power to the People Conference

Transition Banyule was asked to give a talk to the 2016 Power to the People Conference, convened by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Bank of Ideas, on Thursday 15th September, about Transition Banyule and the Transition Streets program.


Barbara, Megan and Mary put their hands up to give the talk.  They focused on how Transition is going proud and strong in Banyule through our 5 groups, and the success of the Transition Streets program in particular, which is now into its second year and growing fast.

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It was an uplifting and engaging event, attended by people from all over Australia, all keen to take new ideas and learnings back to their Councils and communities.


Our two ‘asks’ of Councils were:

  • that when they organise events we would love them to include concrete ways for people to get connected. This can be through facilitated discussion groups, sharing with those sitting around us in the audience, e-lists or sign-up sheets with local organisations.
  • And that to facilitate the growth and spread of Transition throughout Victoria and Australia, we ask that Transition and Councils co-create a National Transition Hub.

There was a really positive response to our talk, and the Hub idea was slated to be discussed further, so we will see what happens.

We put up a link to download the electronic version of the Transition Streets workbook, so here it is again on the Transition Newcastle website.  Please select the national version of the workbook.


We were very honoured to have this opportunity to talk about Transition Banyule, Transition Streets, and our passion for making sustainable change to our world.  We thank MAV for giving us this opportunity to share our knowledge and enthusiasm with so many people, from all around the country.  We look forward to connecting with everyone over the coming months and years.

If you are interested in checking out the other Transition Groups in Banyule:

Other groups which may be of interest are:

To start or join a group, or for more information, please fill out the form below, and we will get back to you shortly.

Transition Banyule: Events in August

Monty Community Group Sixth Annual
Carbon Neutral
Bush Dance

Saturday 20th August 6:30pm


The Montmorency Community Group have organised their annual Bush Dance. Once again we will have the Shenanigan’s band to play and lead us in the dances.

Please get together a table of friends for a great night out.
Ticket prices are the same as they were 5 years ago!
Members $20 per adult $5 per child (<14)
Non- Members $25 per adult $7.50 per child (<14)

Please bring a plate for a shared supper.
Homemade and minimal packaging preferred. BYO drinks.


Petrie Park Hall
Petrie Park
16 Mountainview Road
Montmorency, Vic 3094


Saturday 20th August
6:30pm for 7:00pm start

For more details, visit

To book please click  this link:


Building Co-housing in Banyule

Saturday 27 August 10am to 2pm


  • If quality of life is important to you
  • If living lighter on the planet is important to you
  • If having a say in the design of your home and its surroundings is important to you then…
    come along to…

Make it happen – Workshop 1
People, place and purpose at “Murundaka” Cohousing Community

Cost: Full $50, conc $25, children free Book here
Where: Murundaka Cohousing – 42 Bamfield Road, Heidelberg Heights, VIC 3081

Map of 42 Bamfield Rd, Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081


Masterclass’ in grafting with John Pinniger
from the Heritage Fruits Society

Wednesday 10th August 9am – noon
Sunday 14th  August 1pm – 4pm


Masterclass’ in grafting: the dates below are now full but John will run more classes on demand so please reply to him if you are interested, John Pinniger email:

Details: John Pinniger of the Heritage Fruits Society will run a ‘masterclass’ in grafting for anyone who would like to improve their skills – or learn the basics of fruit tree grafting. This will be hands-on. It involves learning the reasons for, and the science of grafting, and then plenty of time to practice. Budding will also be discussed, but winter is not the best time to do it. Your questions answered. Bring a sharp knife if you have one.
You may not ever graft another tree, but we will discuss the reasons for grafting, when to graft and what to graft, so you understand why and when, and see examples of grafts. We will concentrate on apples, but discuss a wide range of plant.
There is no cost, but the third hour of the three-hour session will be assistance with the grafting of Heritage Fruits Society’s trees, including potting, labelling, etc. (part learning, part application)

Sessions are planned for Wednesday 10th August 9am – noon  and Sunday 14th  August 1pm – 4pm.

Maximum 5 per session – more sessions if there is enough interest. Location will be Fairfield, accessible by public transport – address sent with acceptance.

To book please contact with preferred date and subject line GRAFTING.


Heritage Fruits Society – Petty’s Tree sales & Grafting Days at Petty’s Orchard, Homestead Rd, Templestowe

Sunday 7th August 10am – noon


* Learn techniques for grafting fruit trees
* Select suitable rootstocks
* Have new trees grafted by Society members – apples, plums and pears
* Buy heritage fruit tree scion wood for home grafting
* Buy one-year-old grafted trees

Other Heritage Fruits Society events:

Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:00 AM (UTC+10:00) • CERES Environment Park, Brunswick
Sunday, September 04, 2016 9:00 AM  • Petty’s Orchard



Transition Convergence 2016

 Share and Inspire!

You are all invited to the Transition Convergence 2016!

An opportunity for Transition Town members to reconnect, make new friends, share stories, news, ideas and plans.

The day’s program will include sessions on:

  • sharing our celebrations and challenges
  • discussing issues of interest or concern using open space technology
  • using the permaculture design principles as guides to creating successful projects
  • synthesis and next steps activities
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Date(s) – July 30, 2016

Time9:30 am – 4:00 pm
LocationMulticultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street – Melbourne (opposite the Victoria Market)
Please register here by Friday 15 July

Please bring:
Pictures, maps, stories, from your Transition group for display
News, questions, ideas – what’s worked, what hasn’t, what to celebrate and build on…
Melbourne people – $10 contribution to the cost of the venue and food to share for a potluck lunch; country people – we will feed you!

Billeting: If you are coming from outside Melbourne and need billeting, or if you can offer billeting, please let us know. Contact Mary on 0431 026 723 or We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again.

This event is being organised by members of Transition Darebin, Transition Banyule and Transition Town Maroondah.

How to get there:

The hub is 10 minutes’ walk from Melbourne’s central business district. Walk toward the Queen Victoria Market along Elizabeth Street. The Hub is at the corner of Therry and Elizabeth streets.

Route 57 (West Maribyrnong), Route 59 (Airport West), Route 19 (North Coburg) all travel along Elizabeth street and stop outside the Queen Victoria Market. The Hub is directly opposite this tram stop.

Melbourne Central Train Station is within walking distance.

Metered parking is located on the street and large car parks are available nearby.

Bike parking is available via bike parking hoops in the streets around the Hub.

Freedom Stories

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Freedom Stories explores the achievements of former ‘boat people’ who arrived from the Middle East around the watershed year of 2001. Now Australian citizens they are finally building secure lives and contributing to their new country.

Please join in celebrating Refugee Week with this free film screening.
Saturday 25th June 2016, 6.30pm for 7.00pm
At the Harmony Centre, Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West
Book here or call Barbara on 0406 588 417. 

Hosted by the Coalition of Grandmothers Against The Detention Of Refugee Children, Diamond Valley Oxfam, Amnesty International – North East metro Group and the Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group.


Change Makers

Wednesday 22nd June 6pm-9pm

An energising evening of networking, learning and inspirational knowledge sharing opportunities for people in the environmental movement in Banyule. The fantastic Rohan Anderson, Whole Larder Love,
will be presenting as a guest speaker on the night!

Bookings are essential – RSVP by 15 June 2016
Held at the Streeton Room, The Centre Ivanhoe.

See Banyule Council website for further details