An Evening with Bob Brown

Come along for an intimate yarn and a drink with one of Australia's most loved environmentalists.

Bob will share stories from his 20 most beautiful places in a unique fundraiser for Ellen Sandell, Greens member for Melbourne and Kathleen Maltzahn, Greens candidate for Richmond.

7:00pm Saturday 3 November
The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent

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Greens Call For Liveable Apartments

In a major shakeup to apartment living, the Victorian Greens have launched a detailed plan to deliver high quality, affordable and sustainable apartment housing.

Apartment living is a reality for many people in Victoria, and it should not come with a list of compromises. The state government has failed to deal with many of the issues facing apartment dwellers, and the Greens have a plan to ensure the Government can't ignore these issues any longer.

The Greens’ plan includes.

  • Changing the rules to give people in apartments access to solar panels.
  • Mandating minimum apartment sizes and and distances between apartment buildings.
  • Regulating apartments that are let out full-time only as short-stays, to make sure apartment towers don’t just become de facto hotels which push up rent prices.
  • Requiring the state Government to immediately intervene to pay to fix flammable cladding and then reclaim the costs from developers or builders, rather than leaving it to owners to fix the mess
  • Providing a third weekly bin collection - for kitchen waste - for all Victorian residents to reduce waste going to landfill, which is especially important for apartments where on-site composting is difficult.
  • Capping rent rises at inflation so housing stays affordable, especially in the inner city
  • Mandating green roofs or solar panels for all new apartment buildings.
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Wynne must rule out overturning or intervening in Fed Square heritage listing: Greens

The Greens today challenged Planning Minister Richard Wynne to rule out overruling Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to give Federation Square heritage protection, and have vowed to make it a key issue in the marginal seat of Richmond in the upcoming election if he does.

Greens MP for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell, warmly welcomed Heritage Victoria’s recommendation to include Federation Square on the Victorian Heritage Register.

“Federation Square is Melbourne’s public square, and an essential part of Victoria’s cultural history and it should be properly recognised under Victoria’s heritage laws”

But the Greens warned that Planning Minister and Richmond Labor MP Richard Wynne could “call in” the heritage application and essentially overrule the decision to make way for a big Apple megastore.

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North Melbourne Language and Learning Consultation Evening

North Melbourne Language and Learning are holding a consultation for men from migrant/refugee/asylum seeker backgrounds in the innernorth of Melbourne.

The consultation will take place on Wednesday 24 October from 6pm – 8.30pm. Dinner will be provided from 6pm – 6.30pm for participants.

The focus of this consultation is to invite men from the local community to start to talk with NMLL regarding what their needs and aspirations are and how NMLL can work with the men in the community to address these needs and support them to achieve their aspirations.

At NMLL there is currently greater participation from women in the community in our training programs and community initiatives than there are men.

NMLL would like to hear from the men in the community to see how we can change this imbalance and especially if the men in the community are keen to work with us on priority issues that impact on them.

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Greens Plan to Stop Invasives

The Victorian Greens will commit $240 million over four years to manage invasive plants and animals, as feral deer, foxes, goats, cats, rabbits, pigs and weeds threaten the state’s natural environment and farmland.

The plan includes the creation of a new Invasive Species Management Authority to coordinate an effective statewide approach targeting the worst invasive species, including $40 million to manage feral deer and $40 million for research into new and humane control methods.

The Greens will also end the use of recreational hunting as a key way to deal with invasive species, arguing it is ineffective, unsafe and often inhumane.

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