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While we have been fairly quiet in the past months, there have been some developments. With the help of two council grants, Livewell Yarra has been planning an event connected to the Sustainable House Day and developing community composting projects with four neighbourhoods in Yarra.

You will be able to see the result of the first grant soon as we are hosting in partnership with Yarra City Council Sustainable House Expo  at Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library on Saturday 16th of September, 10am - 2pm.

Welcome to Livewell Clusters, to the Livewell Yarra website and to this blog. My name is Rob Salter, and I’m employed to work on this project by Perth’s Curtin University, though I live in Melbourne. (I brought the project back home with me.) I’m just one member of the Livewell team, but more about that later.

Join Professor Ross Garnaut (second from right) and Susan Inglis, Darren Sharp, Crina Virgona and Rob Salter from Livewell Clusters at the Livewell Launch. The Livewell Yarra Launch on 5 March will give the people of Yarra a new means to reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying the great lifestyle the city offers.

Around two hundred people came to the Fitzroy Town Hall on the evening of Thursday 5 March to witness the launch of Livewell Yarra. Following the official launch by Yarra Mayor, Cr Philip Vlahogiannis, there were speeches by Professor Ross Garnaut, author of the Garnaut Climate Change Reviews, and Fiona Armstrong, Founder of the Climate and Health Alliance.

We now have ten possible Decarb groups to start in the City of Yarra. These are based on the days and times of the week that those of you who’ve indicated your availability have told us suit you. We hope to begin these groups in the week beginning 13 April.

In April we ran two Orientation Workshops, and those of you who were there told us what you wanted to learn more about. We’ve now scheduled a series of workshops to cover topics that were popular at those workshops, starting on Thursday 2 July at 7 pm.

I’m finally getting round to writing my second blog post! Yes, it’s a little embarrassing that the first one has been sitting there since before Livewell Yarra was launched on 5 March. I can only plead that it’s been a busy time since then, but I’ll also declare my earnest resolve to have a new post at least once a month, and hopefully more frequently.

The last few months have been a very busy time for Livewell Yarra with Decarb groups continuing to form and lots of events and activities to keep everyone engaged. Livewell PhD Candidate Darren Sharp facilitated two asset mapping workshops in August with a number of Livewell participants at Mark St Hall in North Fitzroy.

Come to our Planning Day on 21 February, from 12 noon -3pm at Holden St Neighbourhood House in North Fitzroy. Join us to set some climate action goals for the coming year! We hope to see you there!

Dear Livewell friends and supporters; you are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of Livewell Clusters Incorporated on Tuesday 22 November 2016, 7-9 pm at the Collingwood Library Meeting Room, Stanton St Collingwood (opposite the town hall and next to Collingwood Station).

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