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

Transforming Conflict & Creating Peace

Transforming Conflict & Creating Peace
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016

What do you do when you feel annoyed with someone?
In a conflict situation, how do you balance respect for yourself and caring for others?
What is meant by the ‘power we all have to transform ourselves and situations’?

Conflict is a part of everyday life … violence doesn’t have to be.

AVP 2016 July Workshop Basic

Be inspired and reinvigorated as you practise empathising with others and transforming conflict in an experiential workshop, facilitated by volunteers.

Location: Banyule Community Health Centre.
A two-day workshop 9.00am – 5.00pm both days
Cost: $50 full, $15 concession, some part scholarships are available.
Places are limited, please book ASAP.
Online booking

For further information and bookings please contact Mary Stringer 9455 2581
or text 0431 026 723 or

A joint project of Transition Banyule and AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project)

Download Workshop Flier

Global Capitalism and Climate Change: The need for a new world system

Thursday 19 May 6.30 – 8.30pm

Murundaka Cohousing meeting room, 42 Bamfield Rd, Heidelberg Heights

Our presenter is Melbourne University’s Associate Professor Hans Baer.
Hans has written extensively on the anthropology, sociology and politics of climate change, and speaks regularly to groups about ways to redesign our social systems so that we can successfully face the challenges of climate change

RSVP: Charlie Davie 8470 8405 or email
Refreshments provided.

No Dig Garden Bed Workshop

A chance to revolutionise your garden!

The No Dig garden principle is a wonderful way to install a garden bed anywhere — even on hard soil or on top of couch grass (we’ve proved it!)

Garden members free, non-members  $5

When: Sunday 15 May, 11.30am-1.00pm
Where: St John’s Riverside Community Garden

Next to tennis courts at St Johns Anglican Church, 1 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

We need coffee grounds for the workshop- if you can pick some up from cafes, or bring some on the day that would be REALLY helpful.

Run by Marina Bistrin 0438 580 889

Film: Frame by Frame

Sat 21 May 6.30pm for 7pm start
at Montmorency Uniting Church cnr Rattray & Mountainview Roads, Montmorency

Guest speaker: Kobra Moradi who is studying law and international relations at La Trobe University.

This colourful and powerful documentary is set in modern Afghanistan and follows four Afghan photo journalists as they navigate a dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.
See and

Organised by Sophie and Lisa with the support or the Montmorency Asylum Seeker Support Group.  Inquiries call Sophie: 0422989035 or Lisa: 0467801579

Transition Streets 2016

Several new Transition Streets groups are now forming.

The Transition Streets program gets groups of neighbours together for seven meetings for two hours each time to chat about sustainability topics. Each household gets a free copy of the Transition Streets manual containing chapters on water, energy, food, transport and waste.

Group hosts and locations:

  • Maralyn in Heidelberg (East)
  • Andrew in Greensborough
  • Stella in Watsonia
  • Alan in Lower Plenty
  • Tess in Eaglemont, starting in July
  • Kirsten in Rosanna (East), starting in July
  • Robin in Macleod, (started already)
  • Penny in Rosanna (started already)

Express your interest in joining a group by filling out the form below.


More information about Transition Streets: