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Southbank Sustainability Group

09 Apr 2019

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Planting the new and maintaining the old

The long-awaited open Southbank Community Garden is finally here!

Our group’s core members met with the council and its consultants in March to fine-tune details of the upcoming permanent, open community garden at Boyd.

The vegetables, herbs, flowers and trees we’ll be planting for the season have been decided and the planting will start in early April!

The planting workshop took place on Saturday, April 6 at 10am and many from the local community attended.

The workshop was run by a horticultural specialist from the team installing the new garden beds. Participants learned how to plant and care for young plants; which plants thrive next to each other; and how to build a natural, organic, nutrient-rich ecosystem for pest control and to maximise yield.

If you are interested in being part of future gardening workshops and leaving your mark on creating our neighborhood’s community garden, contact us via email or visit our Facebook page for more details and to express your interest.

We are also working hard to bring more CO2-collecting plants to our city and reduce our food’s carbon footprint in the process.

Outside of Melbourne our existing forests, which hold off tonnes of CO2, are unfortunately being logged irresponsibly, releasing that CO2 back into the atmosphere, according to a new damning logging report made public by The Guardian.

The report has been collated by an independent expert panel, following an inquiry ordered by Environment Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio.

The panel exposed massive flaws in Victoria’s logging regulations, resulting in years of logging in protected rainforest areas, in endangered species habitat and the cutting down of entire forests outside legally allocated logging zones.

It also highlighted that there was currently no clear enforcement, compliance and prosecution policies.

It is especially important that we are aware of these issues. With federal elections coming up, we can apply pressure to candidates and sitting politicians to take decisive action to preserving our forests and, by extension, reduce the effect of climate change.

We have a unique opportunity to show the strength of our voices and affect positive change.

As tedious and hopeless voting sometimes feels, it is one of the most powerful and effective ways to effect change and turn the tide.

This is our planet and all of our futures are affected. So, we each must express to candidates what’s important to us and what we expect from them by asking them in public forums or via email what is their climate change agenda and action plan and then by voting for candidates who show clear intentions to tackle this issue decisively.

Asking the question alone conveys the message that this is an issue important to us that we need them to take seriously for the common good.

The time of “someone else will take care of it for us” and the debunked myth of “it’s either the economy or the environment” is over. It’s now time to take action on individual, community and national levels.

About the group

A solutions-focused community group of Southbank residents working to bring positive change in sustainability practices and education to our neighborhood.

We meet every fortnight on Saturdays at Boyd, where we talk sustainability solutions, and tend to the community garden.

For details go to facebook.com/southbanksustainabilitygroup, or email us at southbanksustainability@gmail.com

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