ENVIRONMENT and COMMUNITY STALLS
Alphington Fairfield Appropriate
Development Association Inc. or AFADA, is
a community association formed in 2017 to address
inappropriate development along Heidelberg Road
between Merri and Darebin Creeks (excluding the
AMCOR redevelopment site).
So far there have been three applications lodged
for high-rise developments on Heidelberg Road:
- 13 storey development on the corner of Heidelberg
Road and Chandler Highway (the former YMCA site)
- 9 storey development at the 7-Eleven site
- 8 storey development at the Home of Lights site
Just recently the community and AFADA won a case
at VCAT to limit the 9 storey development at the
Home of Lights site to 5 storeys and substantially
protect the amenity of the neighbourhood.
Also AFADA works in closely with other resident
associations to "swap notes" and is
part of the Yarra Residents Coalition.
AFADA is also lobbying the Yarra and Darebin councils
to get in place a structure plan for Heidelberg
Road so that there are appropriate height controls
and protection of neighbourhood amenity in Alphington
and Fairfield. Work will commence on this structure
plan in early 2019.
Considering our association is based on volunteers,
we limit our focus specifically to high- rise
developments, however our intent is to be a centralised
knowledge base so that residents can be informed,
seek guidance and resources when required.
Our website is: www.afada.org.au
Email address: email@example.com
BirdLife Melbourne is the Melbourne Branch
of BirdLife Australia. BirdLife Australia was
created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia
(BA) and Bird Observation & Conservation Australia
(BOCA). For more than 100 years, these two groups
have been powerful advocates for native birds
and their habitats. Now, we have united as an
independent, not-for-profit organisation with
one important aim: creating a bright future for
Australia's birds. BirdLife Australia is dedicated
to achieving outstanding conservation results
for our native birds and their habitats. With
our specialised knowledge and the commitment of
our Australia-wide network of members, volunteers
and supporters, we are making a real difference
for Australia's birds. Visit our stall at the
Festival with bird oriented handouts, a looping
slide show of local birds, kids activities and
for any bird related questions.
Darebin Climate Action Now is an independent,
non-party-politically aligned group of local citizens
of all ages - campaigning for a safe climate future.
They campaign actively in Alphington, Fairfield,
Northcote, Preston, Reservoir and Thornbury.
Darebin Clmate Action Now works to:
- educate and inform the community about the urgency
of the climate crisis.
- urge Governments at all levels to recognise
a climate emergency and act accordingly.
- urge you to become informed about climate change
and the crisis facing all humanity.
The Darebin Parklands Association (DPA)
is an award-winning environmental friends group
that cares for the Darebin Parklands, a 33 hectare
bushland reserve on the border of Alphington and
Ivanhoe. Home to echidnas, flying foxes, native
fish, 70 species of birds, and even the occasional
kangaroo, the Darebin Parklands are one of Melbourne's
best urban bushland reserves. The DPA's goals
are to protect and improve the bushland character
of the parklands, maintaining it as a wildlife
haven and a place to appreciate nature.
The Darebin Parklands Association is an environmental
friends group, founded in 1973 by a passionate
group of local residents. The DPA was instrumental
in establishing the Darebin Parklands. Today,
the DPA works with the Darebin Creek Management
Committee to protect and improve the bushland
character of the park, maintaining it as a wildlife
haven and place to appreciate nature. The DPA
offers lots of opportunities to get involved -
from regular clean-up and planting events to the
Junior Rangers program.
To find out more about DPA and our activities,
please visit www.dpa.org.au and visit our stall
at the Festival.
The Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC).
MCMC's primary purpose is to ensure the preservation
of natural and cultural heritage, and the ecologically
sensitive restoration, development and maintenance
of the Merri Creek and tributaries, their corridors
and associated ecological communities. The Merri
Waterwatch program supports a number of community
groups undertaking water quality monitoring in
the Merri Creek and
Yarra River as well as running educational activities
at local schools and community events.
Come join Merri Creek Management Committee staff
and meet some live wetland creatures
- discover the fascinating tiny world of waterbugs;
aquatic insects, soft and hard bodied creatures
that call our creeks home. Come meet our live
spotted marsh frog and join in our froggy activities
and games. Make a clip on Sacred Kingfisher to
The Alphington Paper Mill Action Group (APMAG),
represents the broader community surrounding the
AMCOR site in Alphington. APMAG constructively
influences local, state and federal government,
and potential developers to adopt a quality, world
leading model of socially, environmentally and
economically sustainable living in the development
of future uses for the site, integrated with the
local community. Visit our stall at the Festival
to find out more and to get involved in APMAG.
1st Alphington Scouts in true scout fashion
will have an adventurous activity for the kids
to enjoy. They will also have information about
the activities of the 1st First Alphington Scout
Group. The 1st Alphington Scouts have opportunities
for all ages with the Cub Scouts (age 7-10) meeting
on a Wednesday evening, the Soucts (aged 10-14)
on a Tuesday evening, the Venturers (aged 14-17)
on Thursday evening and the Rovers (aged 18-16)
on Monday evenings. The Scoutt Call is in Adams
Street, Alphington and further information is
available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association was founded
in 2004 by a group of passionate community members
who were keen to see river protection measures
in place. Since then, the organisation has grown
to focus on river advocacy, research and education.
The Yarra Rivekeeper Framework is built around
our motto: 'Our Yarra, healthy, protected and
loved'. Our aims are to protect the Yarra from
mouth to source, to revitalise the river and to
foster love for the river by current and future
The Yarra Riverkeeper Association speaks for
the Yarra, Melbourne's own beautiful, resilient,
iconic River. The Riverkeeper boat is permanently
moored in the Yarra and patrols the River.
"We advocate for the River: for green spaces,
for water quality, for biodiversity, for the birds,
animals, insects and reptiles along the River,
for good planning decisions, for the tributaries,
for the parklands, for appropriate recreation;
and for an understanding of our river and its
role in the life of the city of Melbourne. We
lobby governments and we educate the community.
We tell the story of the River." - Andrew
Kelly, Yarra Riverkeeper
The Alphington Community Centre is our
neighbourhood house located in the heart of Alphington
and has been active in the local community for
the past 33 years through activities, support
and events. The Centre has three indoor areas
available for meeting, programs and activities,
and the recently established Shed, where our Men's
Shed group meets and other hands-on and creative
programs are run.
This year we are teaming up with the Yarralea
Children's Centre to run some creative and fun
activities for the kids, including "Paint
the Wetlands" and bush jewellery and art.
Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit
conservation organisation whose mission is to
end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of
wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve
and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd Australia uses innovative direct-action
tactics to investigate, document and take action
when necessary to expose and confront illegal
activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the
biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic
ecosystems, Sea Shepherd Australia works to ensure
their survival for future generations.
We are most famous for our whale defence campaigns,
conducted in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,
however, since 1977, Sea Shepherd has embarked
on over 200 voyages covering many of the world's
oceans and defending and saving defenceless marine
life all along the way. We also have run many
successful land-based campaigns and have active
onshore chapters in 40 countries around the world.
We currently have eight large ships and fourteen
campaigns underway in the Faroe Islands, Honduras,
Costa Rica, Florida, Australia, Scotland, Japan,
Italy, Mexico, France and the Antarctic.
West Alphington Residents Inc (WARI) represents
the special interests of people living and working
west of the former Amcor Paper Mill in Alphington.
WARI is totally supportive of APMAG and SAFCA
- who for so long have been a voice for the local
community seeking change that is in harmony with
the Alphington village character.
WARI too seeks sustainable development of the
former Amcor site - one that addresses community
concerns about housing density, building heights,
inadequate open space and community facilities.
WARI feels strongly that the traffic management
plan proposed is hopelessly inadequate.
WARI calls for the long promised new Chandler
Highway bridge to be built east of the current
bridge to reduce the impact of increased traffic
and noise on local residents and built before
the Amcor site is re-developed.
WARI has been on the front foot in speaking to
the media and lobbying State and local government
on issues of concern to the local community with
nearly 2000 residents signing a petition seeking
a scaling down of the Amcor development and for
the Chandler Highway bridge chaos to be fixed
before plans are approved. For more information
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation
ANTaR Victoria is a non-partisan, non-government
organisation campaigning for justice for all Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander People with a focus
on Victoria. They work in solidarity with Australia's
ANTaR Victoria is based on Wurundjeri Country
in the suburb of Fitzroy. They acknowledge the
ongoing sovereignty of all language groups, clans
and family groups.
ANTaR Victoria focuses on issues such as Treaty,
land rights, justice and healing through educating
the non-Aboriginal community. This includes speaking
at schools, businesses and events about being
an effective ally to First Peoples. They also
offer guidance to those wishing to acknowledge,
support and celebrate the First Peoples of Australia.
Along with these broad objectives, ANTaR Victoria
is currently focusing on two main areas. Victorians
for Treaty is their campaign broadening the community
understanding and support of Treaty.
The second major focus is the election scorecard.
The scorecard examines how Victoria's major parties
address the inequality between First Peoples and
the wider community.
ANTaR Victoria works closely with Aboriginal organisations
and local reconciliation groups.
Country Women's Association of Victoria - Alphington
The CWA in Victoria is currently celebrating its
90th Birthday, and the Alphington Branch this
year celebrated its first! The CWA is a self-funded
volunteer philanthropic organisation for country
and city women, with a focus on friendship, personal
development and advocacy "to improve conditions
by community service more especially as they affect
the welfare of women and children". Our group
enjoys many and varied interest and activities,
and have raised significant funds for local and
national charities and organisations in our short
existence. We meet on a Monday evening at the
Alphington Community Centre. Come and visit us
at Music From The Wetlands, purchasing a refreshing
fruit skewer, and learn more about the CWA in