Wow there’s a lot going on. Not quite sure how that makes sense, since it’s now dark, cold though sadly not wet! I guess when people would rather be inside they are more likely to plan things rather than just get out and do. Either way here’s a brief post with some ideas and events.
Our inspection occurred and Darebin council were pretty positive about what we have done. We have to jump through some paperwork hoops and notate everything we’ve done but it’s pretty exciting that they have not only provisionally approved what we have done but also want to promote this as good practice. We spent the weekend digging up the last of the grass, planting more natives and spray painting the logo’s on the boxes. We also started covering the ground in mulch, though this is quiet slow since it’s happening one cargo bike load at a time. I think it looks great though.
We’ve entered our plan with the ‘Reclaim the Curb’ competition with plans to ‘blitz’ five more nature strips and place up to about 12 food boxes and more fruit trees up and down the street. If it all goes well then we will have a ‘box building day’ and street celebration, so wish us luck!
I’ll also be heading down to Transition Darebins ‘Share, Make, Mend’ day (http://transitiondarebin.org) . This is a great event focused on developing skills to lower our consumption through repairing, maintaining and sharing what we already have. It’s a collaboration between Transition Darebin and the Sharehood (www.thesharehood.org) so if you happen to live around the area then check it out. If you don’t then why not check out your local Transition town, it’s a worldwide movement that is full of positive people seeing the importance but also the opportunities in dealing with climate change and peak oil in a planned way.
The idea of this blog was for me to inspire others to take action, but I’ve got to say that the comments from ‘The Johnson strip seeks approval’ have in turn inspired me and stuck well in my mind. My Myers-Briggs said that I was easily excited by a new idea and I guess this proves it. The more I think about it though the more sense it makes. Why not use the spaces next to the railway stations, that have beautiful slopes, little use and a supply of fresh water for urban food forests. Couple with this a timely email for a grants program run by our local newspaper and it’s become too good an idea to not have a crack at. I also love the idea that maybe the empty rooms could also be used. Imagine having a series of community tool stores located up and down the train station, “no pot-hole diggers here?, we’ll get it sent up the line and it will be here in 20 minutes. In the meantime maybe you can help spread some mulch with the rest of the crew!”So over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be talking to as many groups as I can think of because to be honest the success of this rests on some REALLY good design, so if you’re a Melbourne based permaculture designer who’s looking for a challenge then send me an email (Paul@treadinglightlyblog.com) and who knows maybe this will go from dream to reality.
On this, a previous winner of one of these grants, ‘The Lemon Tree Project’ has teamed up with the some others s to offer a pop-up-festival. The deal is they give you a free lemon tree as long as you pledge to plant it in a communal space.