Multicultural Morning Tea at Ecotopia

Who We Are, Where We Are
Connecting Our Community through Common Ground
A morning tea, conversation and opportunity to connect through culture and place in the Yarra Ranges.
The Yarra Ranges is home to people who have lived here for over 40,000 years and those who have come at different times from all over the world. This migration continues today. We invite everyone, especially those who see themselves as being from, or whose families came from, a different land, at any time, to come along, meet and discuss how we can celebrate, learn from each other and share the place we live in with knowledge and respect.
The morning tea will be presided over by Wurundjeri elder Aunty Kim Wandin and facilitated by local artist and community development worker, Santha Press.

Please come to the Main Stage at Ecotopia Earth Festival
Yarra Junction Parklands- Behind Bens Shed
at 10.15am for Welcome to Country ceremony with Wurundjeri Elder
Aunty Kim Wandin,

Followed by dance performance by Australian Chin Community
Then enjoy a facilitated discussion with Santha,
Followed by Tuvaluan Dancers, and Djirri Djirri dance group.

This event is sponsored by Victorian Multicultural Commission and YRC
Proudly presented by Yarra Valley ECOSS

Ecotopia Recycled Fashion Parade

The Ecotopia Recycled Fashion Parade is one of the most popular events at the Ecotopia Earth Festival. Three judges have been selected because they know a great outfit when they see one – or can appreciate the irony! So create a costume and choose a song to shimmy down the catwalk with and enter the competition by March 17th. 

Ecotopia Earth Festival, Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Stallholder Application and information: Stall Application form ECOTOPIA 2018 Ecotopia stall info 2018

A Massive thankyou to our sponsors Yarra Ranges Council, Upper Yarra Community Enterprise, Multi Cultural Victoria and Cire Services.  They have enabled us to start planning another amazing and free event : Ecotopia themed Celebrating Cultural Diversity.

This year we are inviting as many new migrant groups to a Multicultural Morning Tea, we aim to break down barriers and open up doors for new partnerships with LGBTQI+ and other diverse groups within our YRC area.

With Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Aunty Kim Wandin- Wurundjeri Elder. 

We will entertain you in a fun and healthy earth friendly and quality style from 10am -4pm, with live multicultural performances on stage including: Djirri Djirri Dance Group, Chin Community Dancers, Tuvalu Dancers, and master Ghanian Drummer Kofi Kunkpe with Afro Diaspora, Zaar Belly Dance, and Traditional Aztec dance.

Recycled Fashion Parade

It’s time to dream big, dream Trash Fash, Boutique and Kids spectacular junk to funk!  Entry forms available soon.

We may be lucky enough to entice Hans to come from Belgium again in his private jet!    Great prizes to be won, but more importantly lets spread the message about ethical clothes wearing.  Recycling, Redress and Reclaim.

There will be 3 categories again: Trash Fash, Boutique and kids, accompanied by fashion guru judges to assist in fairness and equality of prize distribution. Contact Melanie Allen for queries:

Other Activities include:

MOOP Patrol- Wacky Roving Environmental Performers.

Futsal at the Yarra Centre.

Adventure Developments- Flying Foxes and tree swings.

Akajack’s Leatherwork- all ages creative fun.

Blacksmiths in the Museum all day.

EDVOS kids activity.

Rainbow Flag Painting in LGBTQI+ solidarity

And many more TBC: 

Thanks to our partners: Upper Yarra Museum, Bens Shed, Yarra Centre for opening their doors for the day.

Special thanks to Yarra Valley FM for live to air streaming of Ecotopia!

Notice of AGM

You’re welcome to come to ECOSS Annual AGM, Wednesday November 29th.

5.30-7pm Meeting and Dinner.  Visitors welcome, please bring a plate to share.

Natural Building Workshops – Commencing 12th October

SBwebYarra Valley ECOSS is proud to present our unique Natural building workshops.

Well known local Natural Builder Tom Neil and Martin Croydon will be hosting the series of workshops currently scheduled for October 2017.





Our straw bale workshops will run on three weekends:

1st weekend (October 14th and 15th): laying bales; cutting bales and tying them together and applying chicken wire.

2nd weekend (October 28th 29th): first render coat

3rd weekend (November18th 19th ): final render coat.

Cost: $100 per person per day with a $100 discount if you book and pay for all  6 days.

Time: 8 am till 4 pm 

Participants will be able to learn everything they need to know to to carry out a similar project for themselves. We will be converting a steel truss frame shed 10 metres by 8 metres into a straw bale construction and rendering it . There will be a professional carpenter, steelworker and renderers on site to help and pass on their knowledge.

Tom can be contacted on: 0447384738 or via Email: