Recycled Fashion Parade 2018 – The Show Must Go On!

What a fantastic Community event this turned out to be. 

We decided that ‘The Show Must Go On!’ – following the sad cancellation of Ecotopia 2018, we couldn’t let all the effort that had gone into creating those wonderful costumes go to waste!
I would love to thank everyone for such a fantastic community event. Thankyou Kofi and Yarra Valley Drummers for kicking the night off with a bang!
Thankyou Simon Oats and Karina Doughty for basically organising the event, performing, and all the preparations! Thankyou Cat McKay for tunes, thanks to 80’s Inferno inaugural performance! Thanks Joe Butler for generously cooking and serving food,Melanie Daymond for volunteering endlessly! Thanks Tom Neil BBQ chef, Andrew everything,
Brendan Jones MOOP Officer Jones, Sean Marler, and Amber Sprunt for being efficient, professional judges!
Thanks to all the donators of prizes! Thanks to all the designers and contestants- AND thanks to the audience! What would a show be without an audience?!!
Thanks Rod Neason for video! I didn’t get to take any photo’s, so here’s the link to the Facebook event, where video’s are being uploaded:



Permaculture Design Course

Permaculture Yarra Valley Inc. is offering an extended part-time

Permaculture Design Course

May-October 2018.

When :  Wednesday evenings, 6.30 – 9.30 pm weekly and five Sundays, 9.30 am to 5 pm, starting Wednesday 2nd May.

Where:  Yarra Valley ECOSS, Wesburn, for evening sessions, various permaculture properties for Sunday sessions.

Cost: $600

Tutors: Graeme George, Stuart Ryder, John Williams, Travis Heenan, Kerry Dawborn and guests with extensive experience of the Yarra Valley.

This course will follow the extended syllabus of the Permaculture Educator’s Guild, which includes material from Bill Mollison’s  “Permaculture: a Designer’s Manual” (1988) and David Holmgren’s “Permaculture Principles” (2002). These extended courses go into more detail than is possible on the traditional 72 hour PDC and give greater emphasis to the ecological processes on which permaculture design is based, the design process itself and the development of landscape reading skills and applications suitable to our bio-region.

Ecological and design theory will be covered in detail over the evening sessions. Site visits and practical exercises will be undertaken on the Sundays. Some reading and work on mapping and designs will need to be undertaken in your own time.

Bookings:  To register your interest and obtain an enrolment form please advise Graeme by email or phone 5962 5070Bookings and payment will be required by Sunday 22nd April to enable the course to proceed. In the event that insufficient enrolments are received course fees will be fully refunded.

Program: A detailed program will be available shortly and sent to those who register their interest to enable dates to be locked in.

Ecotopia’s Program is out!

This is our Program with all the acts and activities that are happening on Sunday 25 March 2018 at the Ecotopia Earth Festival, Yarra Junction. 

Giant Pumpkin Stage

10:00–10:30am Welcome to Country–Aunty Kim Wandin
10:30–10:45 Australian Chin Community Dancers
10.45–11:25 Multicultural Morning Tea & Discussion
11:25–11:55 Tuvalu dancers and speakers
12:00–12:40pm Djirri Djirri Dance Group–Bunjil’s Country
12:40–1:40 Recycled Fashion Parade
1:40–1:50 ‘What is Moop’
1:50–2:25 Ganga Giri
2:25–2:35 Rita Leuzzi on LGBTQI+ & YRC Programs
2:40–3:00 Aztec Dancing
                                                                 3:00–3:15 Zaar Belly Dancers
                                                                 3.15-4:00 Kofi Kunkpe & Drummers with Afro Diaspora, dancer

Green Solar Stage – Sponsored by GridEdge Clean Energy Trailer

10:30–11:15am Big Dance Workshop
11:15–11:35 Zaar Belly Dance
11:35–11:45 LGBTQI+ speakers
11:45–12:45pm Big Dance Workshop
1:40–2:20 Yanchakko Choir – Japanese Children’s Choir
2:20–3:00 Tuvalu dancers followed by Climate scientist speaker
3:00–4:00 Didgeridoo Australia–Learn to Play the Didge workshop

Earth Kids Space behind the Museum

Leather Craft Workshop with Akajacks – all day
Flying Fox by Adventure Developments, sponsored by Cire Services- all day
Apple Fun sponsored by Yarra Ranges Council Linking Families – all day
Indigenous doll weaving and activities with Indigaroo- all day
Seedling planting with EDVOS

In the Upper Yarra Museum

Blacksmith Demonstration- all day
Tiny Houses and Rotaloo by Tiny Houses2Go
Donkey Rides with Bert

And more . . .

Moop Patrol Roving Performers
Tree Talk Tour–for the whole family with Sean Marler from Warburton Environment.
Learn about the character of each of the trees on Ecotopia Site
11:00–11:40am Meet at the Museum Gate by 11:00
Rainbow Flag Painting –Yarra Ranges Youth Services Tent on the Green
Haybale Gardening at Baroona (opp. Ben’s Shed) 11:00–3:00
Futsal (Indoor Soccer) in the Yarra Centre 12:00–2:00

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