Ongoing sustainable living activities for Flemington’s multicultural community
Flemington Green ran in 2011-12 and followed on from the success of the GreenTown East African program, where in partnership with Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal and with funding from Sustainability Victoria, we trained 13 local East African residents to be home sustainability assessors and deliver the sustainability message to hundreds of local residents.
This message was so popular that others living in the Flemington public housing estate told us they didn’t want to miss out, and we were thrilled to hear it. So together with Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal, we applied for and gained funding from the Sustainability Fund Neighbourhood Renewal grants.
The aim of Flemington Green was to bring sustainable living education to more of the local East African community as well as the Chinese and the Vietnamese communities. Though workshops and field trips, 50 people from these communities learned how to reduce their own environmental footprints and were given free products to help them get started.
Flemington Green commenced with workshops for the Vietnamese community: a group of 18 women attended weekly sessions at the Vietnamese Welfare and Resource Centre on the housing estate. Here they learnt about saving energy and water and reducing waste.
Vietnamese community liaison consultant Chi Nguyen helped translate each workshop, ensuring the content was presented in interesting and relevant ways to the participants. Chi has also been helping promote Flemington’s recycling pilot program, which is going so well that Phase Two has commenced: now several blocks of apartments in the estate’s Holland Court area are involved and dozens of residents have the chance to recycle their waste. With Chi’s help, the contamination rates of these recycling bins are lower than Moonee Valley City Council generally finds in other areas, a very exciting outcome.
Flemington Green then worked with women from the estate's East African community, and finally the Chinese community.
As the project wrapped up, participants told us their main outcomes from taking part were gaining new knowledge about the environment, starting to take action in their own home and also some social outcomes. They enjoyed meeting new people, including people from different backgrounds who live in their community, and they told us they gained confidence to talk to other people about ways they can help the environment. We've heard many stories of parents reducing their teenagers' shower time, people talking to their neighbours in the Flemington estate, women talking to their sisters about reducing energy bills... One of the best findings was that people from all three groups said how much they value coming together with people from different cultures to help their shared environment.
Hazelwood mine fire inquiry to re-open
27 April 2015
The inquiry into 2014's devastating Hazelwood coal mine fire will reopen in May, and will investigate fears that deaths increased in the community because of the fire, as well as options for...more
Brown coal imposes $800m health cost annually on Victorians
20 April 2015
Australian Business Review
Researchers from Harvard University have produced analysis suggesting that the pollution from Victoria’s brown coal power stations are imposing...more
Madigan’s musings threaten Murray Darling Basin Plan’s promise of certainty
1 April 2015
SENATOR John Madigan’s attempt to muddy the waters on the Murray Darling Basin Plan is reckless.
The Plan is the result of years of...more
Climate variability out, climate change in
17 March 2015
Climate change is back on the political agenda in Victoria, with the Andrews Government considering going it alone with a state-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
Victoria to ban e-waste in landfill
15 March 2015
Almost every household has its share. The state-of-the art television that has suddenly become yesterday's model. Keyboards and cords gathering dust in the back of a cupboard. A broken iPhone...more
Hazelwood mine fire anniversary sparks call for better mine rehabilitation
10 Feb 2015
An environment group has used the one year anniversary of the Hazelwood mine fire, in south-east Victoria, to call for improvements to mine rehabilitation.
Requests for Labor to 'get to work' on election promises
30 Nov 2014
Peak business, environment and union groups have welcomed Victoria's new government and say they're ready for Labor to hit the ground running.
Daniel Andrews is...more
Database to monitor Vic election climate commitments
28 October 2014
Environment Victoria has created a new Promise Watch database to record the environment and climate change policy commitments of the major parties as they are announced...more
Magic number 770 could be an environmental game changer in Victorian election
26 October 2014
The thermometer drawn on the butcher's paper has been taken down from the wall to be updated. A marker pen tap, tap, taps away, filling the gap to a...more
Push for quicker rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley coal mines
23 October 2014
Faster rehabilitation of Latrobe Valley coal mines could employ hundreds of people for 20 years, generate more than $420 million of direct spending and slash the risk of...more
Riad doesn’t remember the exact date his family fled their home in the city of Al-Hasaka, Syria, nor the date they arrived in Lebanon. But the day he and his wife, Mary, arrived in Australia is a date that he easily recalls: Tuesday the 14th of October 2014.
As we shiver through the first weeks of winter, here's a fact to give you goosebumps: more people die from the cold in Australia than in Sweden. According to a new study published in medical journal The Lancet, cold contributed to about 3.9 per cent of deaths in Sweden,...more
Our new Campaigns Director, Alex White, starts today. Here's what he has to say about why he came to Environment Victoria.
Back in 2012, I spent three months working on the Obama campaign in Boston and New Hampshire. The locals, as well as being bemused by my hard-to-understand...more
On 29 November Victorians will head to the polls to cast judgement on the Napthine Government. With just 100 days to go until polling day Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham takes a looks at the hot environment issues this state election.
The Baillieu-led Coalition took office in...more
- Victoria: green and growing |
- The Quick Guide To Sustainable Living |
- The Victorian Green Renters' Guide: Sustainable Living Tips for Renters |
- Peak oil and Victoria |
- State budget submission 2009–10 |
- Victoria - the Green Jobs State. Seizing the opportunities |
- Towards climate safe homes |
- Victoria: The Green Jobs State - creating a green, prosperous and socially inclusive Victoria |
- Green Jobs Summit - Program |
- Green Jobs Summit - Tony Nicholson, CEO, Brotherhood of St Laurence |
More Green Action people like you:
Clancy Moore is greening up the place he rents...more
Sasha loves her affordable, flexibile and eco friendly car share...more
As a chef, organics is a vital step forward in sustainability...more
Stan invested in the sustainability of his rental property...more
Sophal wants to green up the manufacturing industry...more
Peter owns and operates Waterwheel Wines in Bridgewater On Loddon...more
Kirsty O'Brien often studies on the banks of the Wimmera...more
Marina Lewis watching platypus forage in the river...more
Sandra Slatter has always been environmentally conscious...more
Travis is inspired by the river in his back-yard...more