What could Coburg become?

Imagine a Coburg where we all grow most of our own food and share surpluses with neighbours, or spend our Saturdays at the farmer’s market, browsing the stalls of fresh, local, food; imagine a Coburg where our houses are well insulated, we collect all the rainwater we can, and our roofs are covered with solar panels; imagine a Coburg where we bike to work or take public transport, and in the evenings teach ourselves and each other how to sew, or cook, or fix things, or build things, or learn a musical instrument, or just walk our beautiful streets in a community of friends. Imagine a Coburg where we all live simply but happily, sharing what we have and building a new, less impactful way of life from the grassroots up.

This Coburg is possible if we decide we want it, but Tony Abbott isn’t going to help us. If any transition to a post-carbon society is going to occur, it is going to have to be driven by us – local people getting active in our local communities. That is what Transition Coburg and related groups are trying to do: get active, building a flourishing, post-carbon society, here and now.

Some things that Transition Coburg has already achieved are listed here, but there is so much more to do. In 2014, perhaps could we set up a new community garden? Run a workshop on making cider? Help each other retrofit the suburbs and turn Coburg into food forest? Run a series of educational film nights and potluck lunches? Got more ideas? What would you like to see?

Transition Coburg is having a gathering on 23rd February at 2pm at the Robinson’s Reserve Neighbourhood House, 104a Reynard Street, Coburg. We are not a large group, but we dream large dreams. We’d love to hear from you.

Please come along. No time like the present.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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