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In Sydney’s east, another group graduates from sustainable living courses

March 14, 2010 | | 2 Comments

I led a session on the global challenges that we face at the Living Smart course in Randwick and found participants receptive and interested. The course is now in its pilot phase and provides, uniquely among local government in Sydney, a comprehensive and integrated approach to living sustainably…Read More

One year later… and a community garden blooms

November 24, 2009 | | 2 Comments

Story and photos: Russ Grayson

IT HAS BEEN JUST OVER A YEAR in the making, from community consultation to construction, but Carrs Park Community Garden is now reality.

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Food Summit hands declaration on food futures to NSW Parliament

November 20, 2009 | | 9 Comments


AROUND A DOZEN PEOPLE are walking the long, straight footway through Hyde Park where the lines of overaching native figs form a vegetative tunnel. They pass Francois Sicard’s Archibald Fountain, opened in 1932 with its classical, sculptured figures and animals that spray water skywards. Exiting the park, they enter Macquarie Street and make their way to an old sandstone building with a long verandah. Here, they are to hand over the state’s first Declaration on Food.

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Celebrating Chippendale’s local food culture

October 27, 2009 |


ONE DAY IT WAS A DINGY LANE taking the curious from Broadway to Chippendale. Next day it was a food fair, offering the curious a glimpse of the emerging local food culture that is starting to bloom in Sydney.

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Food for thought in Sydney — two days with David Holmgren

October 2, 2009 |
David Holmgren

David Holmgren

IT WAS A BUSY FEW DAYS in Sydney for David Holmgren and his son, Oliver. First came David’s appearance at Randwick City Council’s annual Ecoliving Fair, followed next day with a full-day workshop and an appearance that evening at a TransitionSydney Cafe Conversation.

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City farm, training focus of Cafe Conversation

September 4, 2009 |

THE NAME DICK COPEMAN is almost synonymous with Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane. That’s not only because Dick was one of the crew who started the city farm around 15 years ago, it’s also because of his long association with the place and his continuing role as the city farm’s education coordinator.

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Planning and good design feed an urban family

August 26, 2009 |

Story by Russ Grayson 1999

OCCUPYING SANDY SOIL adjacent to Botany Bay, a fruit and vegetable garden has been designed and planted to feed a household of three.

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Collaboration, participation build something new on something old

August 18, 2009 |

At Carrs Park, participatory planning and construction, cooperation between citizens and council and collaboration are creating a new community garden and outdoor classroom on a deserted bowling green…Read More

Resilient Cities – planners post their visions

July 11, 2009 | | 2 Comments

A couple weeks ago, I received a phone call from a woman in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. She wanted to know if the Department could use a short piece from something I had written in a set of guidelines they were producing.

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Garden education in Sydney’s sandy east

September 14, 2008 | | 5 Comments

THERE’S A NEW GARDEN in Sydney’s sandy east, the region once home to the Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub. Now we call it Randwick and today it supports a radically different vegetation.

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