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Promoting sustainability, health and inclusion in the city

This 2-day conference to be held on October 7-8 2010 at the University of Canberra brings together representatives of different forms of community gardening practices in Australia to share knowledge, promote dialogue and assess best practice.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Myles Bremner from the United Kingdom – Trustee of Sustain (UK) and Chief Executive of Garden Organic
  • Keith Colls – President of Canberra Organic Growers Society
  • Costa Georgiadis – from SBS television’s ‘Costa’s Garden Odyssey’
  • Phil Harris – Professor in Sustainable Agriculture and Head of International Development at the University of Coventry, UK
  • Andre Leu – Chair of Organic Federation of Australia and Deputy Chair of International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements
  • Senator Christine Milne (Greens) TBC
  • Neil Savery – Chief Planning Executive, ACT Planning and Land Authority and an Adjunct Professor in Urban Design with the University of Canberra

Where and when?

October 7-8, 2010, NATSEM Building (Building 24), University of Canberra

For full details or to register visit the website


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Those working in Brisbane high schools may be interested to know about the newly emerging Brisbane Youth Environment Network.

The network is all about providing young people with support, skills, resources and opportunities for peer learning and collaboration. For more information including upcoming events check out the website.

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Living Schools is currently undertaking a research project entitled Transformative learning and long-term behaviour change in education for sustainability.

The purpose of the study is to investigate the short and long-term effects of transformative learning on learners’ lifestyle and behaviour. The research will inquire into whether learners begin to live more sustainably following a relevant transformative learning experience and whether these changes in behaviour are sustained over time.

For the purpose of this study, ‘transformative learning’ is defined as learning that results in “a shift of consciousness that dramatically and irreversibly alters our way of being in the world” (Edmund O’Sullivan and Marilyn Taylor 2004). As a result of such an experience our understanding of ourselves, and our relationships with others and with the world around us, dramatically changes. We are no longer able to live our lives in the same way that we did before we had that experience.

The research will involve an open-ended online survey focusing on the personal experience of a small number of participants in courses and workshops delivered by the researcher in recent years.

If you would like to participate in this study you can download the participant information below. Or contact faith@livingschools.com.au for more information.

Transformative Learning Research – Participant information sheet

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For me, working with the Carrs Park community gardeners to plan and design their garden was one of the most fulfilling projects of 2008. Russ, my partner in crime on this project, has written an article on the official opening, which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Kogarah and held in their amazing new straw bale outdoor classroom! Very excited for everyone involved…

Read the article here

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What a great response to the new Australian School Gardens Network web space! There are now over 100 members and it is getting quite active. The site allows you to:

  • Post events such as professional development courses, festivals, workshops and conferences
  • Discuss relevant issues such as curriculum integration and design
  • Share our successes and to learn from others
  • Post photos, videos and units of work that will inspire other educators.

If you haven’t joined yet go to http://australianschoolgardensnetwork.ning.com.

Thanks to Growing Communities Brisbane for this wonderful initiative.

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Waterkeepers Australia inspires Australians to restore and keep our waterways healthy. The organisation acts like a network of waterway action groups, providing Waterkeeper member programs with the tools, processes, inspiration and profile to help them do their job.

The power of a nationally connected community of Waterkeepers is far greater than individuals or stand alone groups. There are Waterkeeper programs in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria.

To find out more go to www.waterkeepers.org.au

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It’s possible here and now to be 100% food self reliant at a bioregional & local level! Come and learn how…

TUTOR/FACILITATOR: Robina McCurdy (Earthcare Education Aotearoa)


TIMES: Fri eve 7 – 10pm (beginning with a meal), Sat 9am – 9pm, Sun 9am – 4pm

VENUE: Janet & Mick Millington’s property, EUMUNDI (directions given on registration)

COST: $280 – $180 (Income-related sliding scale)

Includes: Handouts, Tuition, simple accommodation, Friday eve meal, food basics (bring additional food to contribute to combined meals). A deposit of $50 is required by Wed 23 September.

REGISTRATION: Janet Millington: miltech@bigpond.com

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW: This workshop is an interactive, in-depth sharing and practicing of Robina’s tools and strategies in community building, nature connetion, sustainability analysis, conflict resolution and strategic planning – to achieve the goal of community and regional scale food resilience, in these challenging times of resource depletion, economic downturn and societal fragmentation. Robina will also share about successful models of localised food production she has been involved with, in Aotearoa/NZ and in other parts of the world.

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