Sustainable Chippendale

A Sustainable Suburb In the Making

Sustainable Chippendale is a community initiative setup to support the Sustainable Streets and Community Plan in Chippendale. If you are passionate about sustainability we'd love you to join us in getting behind this ground breaking project to establish a practical model for sustainable inner city living in Sydney.

Ratih's organic Art

Second Life
The installation is created to reflect the following characteristics of Myrtle St & Sustainable Chippendale:
1. Sustainability - created with organic and recycled materials collected from the streets
2. Our street as our living room - creation of a living room scene on the street
3. Edible / vegetable garden - planted with exotic microgreens, specially selected for variety of organic colours and textures. Rocket emeralds on the chair, amaranth red garnets on the hessian shawl, mung bean and peas in the planter basket
4. Multicultural heritage of the local residents- featuring a photo of Tayrona Park, Colombia by Maria Prada resident of 8 Myrtle St. 
 
The installation is part of my entry requirement to Master of Fine Arts degree in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany http://www.uni-weimar.de/en/university/start/
Internationally, the Bauhaus is known as one of the most influential currents in modernism with a profound influence in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.
 
Artist CV
Ratih Luhur graduated as BSc (Arch) from the University of Sydney in 1990. She completed Master of Visual Arts (Multi Media) with honours from Sydney College of the Arts in 2000 achieving High Distinction in all subjects. Ratih's design and artistic flare was awarded 2 of the 9 awards in William Van Alen Memorial Prize international competition by NIAE New York. Internationally, Ratih is also known as a spiritual healing practitioner and mentor. http://www.ratihluhur.com
Her work reflects her refined artistic style with sensitive spiritual and cultural awareness.
 

Some great pics from Maria @ www.mariapradaphotography.com of Ratih's organic Art in front of her house. Big thanks Ratih for making the street even more lovely.  

Big Thanks To Our Newest Gardeners

  • Maria is a photographer and lives at 8 Myrtle st. Maria is now looking after the yellow planter bed and citrus and other plants on the corner of Myrtle and City Rd.
  • Ratih is an Artist who will be doing some sculptures in our road gardens and work with Maria and her neighbours to scope the sculpture

New Compost Bin for Shepherd St

Our awesome Sean Foley bought a new tumbler compost bin of 300 litres and put it in place on Shepherd St on Saturday 23 May.

It has four screws so will probably stop vandals putting in bottles and rubbish.  

It needs a couple of signs that Alexis made to go on it but it's about a quarter full and we have sealed off the other compost bin nearby so it should fill up soon.  We'll remove the other compost bins and mover over to the tumbler bins as they are more vandal proof and easier to manage.

Thank you so much Sean!

New Road Garden Library

This week we got our little road garden library rebuilt by some of our lovely neighbours, including the clever children who started the library! Thanks guys!

 

 This one is bigger and better and it was built using recyled hard wood timber from a timber pallet provided by Toby's Estate. Thanks Toby's! 

Here are some pics of Mick, Michael and the kids busy at work!

 

Where? The Library is at the corner of Pine st and Myrtle st and is for everyone! 

Who can use it? Everyone!! This is a community initiative, run by our local children!

How does it work? You put in a book you are finished with and you take out one you would like to read! Simple like that!

SUSTAINABLE CHIPPENDALE ROAD GARDENS MANAGEMENT PLAN

Version 01     -    8 May 15

Sustainable Chippendale 

Road Gardens Management Plan

2015

 

We change it as we learn by doing and work with each other in our community.

 

We welcome comments and suggestions on this management plan.

 

www.sustainablechippendale.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustainable.chippendale/

 

Our Facebook active gardeners site is:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustainable.chippendale/

 

 

Our BIG Goals

1. To improve the ‘social glue’ here so we feel safe, connected and pleasure when walking, talking and playing in our streets.

2. To increase property values – extensive research has clearly established that streets with higher numbers of trees and plants have higher property values.

3. To demonstrate the value, beauty and health of investing our local money in our local roads

4. Share fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to everyone in the Chippendale community.    People who aren't gardeners use them, which is great.

5. We wish to work positively with Council and their agents; for example by having a three way conversation around who does what and how to protect our investment in our roads which council holds on trust for us – before work is done which may accidentally destroy our plants and trees.

 

Road Garden Plan to turn our food waste into healthy soil and prevent us polluting by putting it into garbage trucks – we compost to clean Earth’s air

 

Goals:    

  • To provide affordable nutrients and soil for our road gardens
  • To implement the workshops goals for community composting set during 2010
  • To promptly respond to resident feedback where received
  • To manage the high demand for composting by using bins which cannot be over-used
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Achievement of goals:

  • By July 2015 all bins will be rotating, suspended above ground and have signs with the contact points for Sustainable Chippendale fixed on each bin
  • By July all existing ground-resting bins will be removed
  • Maintenance of two Shepherd and Moorgate St bins will be weekly (putting in sawdust when wet, removing compost to put on Shepherd St plantings or to give to households, removing bottles, etc) and will be carried out by one or more of the following:
  •               Sean Foley         
  •               Bianca Campbell         
  •               Danielle Antonovs     

 

  • Maintenance of the rotating st bin outside 58 Myrtle will be by Michael Mobbs and will be weekly (putting in sawdust when wet, removing compost to put on Myrtle St plantings or to give to households, removing bottles, etc)

 

Investing in and managing our road gardens

How we do it:  

Caretakers:

Each garden bed has a nominated caretaker, and commitments that go along with it eg buying, transplanting and ensuring plants are watered, pruned and tidied as appropriate,  making sure they are kept planted, picking up glass, bottles, food, stuff and generally tidying up after thoughtless people (sigh...). 

 We rely on ourselves – residents and businesses, not Council:

Generally, we don’t apply to Council for funding due to the unjustifiable amount of time, red tape and delay it takes costing more than the cost to us of just doing and paying for it ourselves.  As Council has ceased its practice of giving us gardening gloves, secateurs and plants we make do with our own resources.  And we have strong support from many local businesses who have given thousands of dollars for composting, plants and equipment since we began road gardening in 2008.

We tell our story:

When we garden we also put photos on the Sustainable Chippendale Facebook and Sustainable Chippendale websites to keep us all informed of what’s happening and to share the latest doings.

Our road gardens and road gardeners include the folks who are members of our Facebook gardening site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sustainable.chippendale/

 

And some gardeners who are responsible for specific gardens include:

1. Raised bed on western side Shepherd St at the intersection with Daniels, and the garden on the south eastern corner of Shepherd & Daniels:

  •    Hilary Jackson     
  •    Paul Hardy         

2. Maintenance of the Shepherd raised bed gardens on the eastern side of the street is carried out by one or more of the following:

  •    Anne Young
  •    Sean Foley         
  •    Bianca Campbell         
  •    Danielle Antonovs     

3. Maintenance of the road gardens in Myrtle St from Pine to City Road is carried out by one or more of the following:

  •    Xabier Ugarte 
  •    Laurie Hughes and their family 
  •    Anne Young 
  •    Catherine Pruscino and Jamye Harrison and their children
  •    Melinda and Graeme Gillies and their children
  •    Michael Mobbs and household

4. Maintenance of road garden, corner Pine and Daniels st:

  •    Sue Bowrey 

5. Road garden library:

our little library at the corner of Pine and Myrtle - partly manages itself:

  • The children who live or come to childcare here who help build, use and maintain it and the people who travel to Chippendale to use it – you know who you are

 

OTHER GARDENERS AND CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE:

 

  • Alexis – signs and general gardening - 
  • Geoff – who gets the clean, fine sawdust from St Peters to mix in with our compost
  • Local cafes and businesses which contribute money, food waste, coffee bags, timber pallets, Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, tools, the schools and artists and journalists who write about, visit and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role food and gardening for it plays in our lives.

 

We’re gardening for the future and for now – for everyone

 

COMMENTS:

We welcome suggestions if they are well mannered and for the community's benefit.  We ignore keyboard warriors, haters and trolls.

 

[This plan is a work in progress – help us garden, improve the plan and our much-loved suburb of Chippendale]

Transplant of our Tahitian Lime‏

We have an exciting new bike path coming through Chippendale, but unfortunately our beautiful and healthy Tahitian Lime‏ was on it's way and we had to transplant it, here are some photos of how it went!

  Warwick and Eamonn digging out the Tahitian Lime ready for transplanting.

Warwick and Eamonn digging out the Tahitian Lime ready for transplanting.

  Serena with sledge hammer breaking up rocks to get a good rocky base for the lime and prevent it drowning in water.

Serena with sledge hammer breaking up rocks to get a good rocky base for the lime and prevent it drowning in water.

  Michael, Eamonn, Bianca and Serena working to free up the tree.  We pruned it heavily to reduce the trauma for the tree being uprooted and transplanted.

Michael, Eamonn, Bianca and Serena working to free up the tree.  We pruned it heavily to reduce the trauma for the tree being uprooted and transplanted.

  Michael from QMC, the contractors building the bike path, with his machine to lift and move the lime.

Michael from QMC, the contractors building the bike path, with his machine to lift and move the lime.

   Bianca, Serena and Eamonn with the tree in its new place.  Fingers crossed the tree survives the trauma of the move

Bianca, Serena and Eamonn with the tree in its new place.  Fingers crossed the tree survives the trauma of the move

Great work guys! Thank you so much for saving our tree!

Michael Mobbs goes off-grid – and feels clean and green on the inside

As seen on The Fifth Estate on the 2April 2015:

" Sustainability guru Michael Mobbs this week disconnected his terrace house in inner city Chippendale from the electricity grid.

On Tuesday the meters were disconnected. By Wednesday he was holding adrift the wires that connected his house to the grid.

This latest in a line of audacious action from Mobbs almost completes his quest that started in 1996 to become utility independent so he could minimise his impact on the planet.

Mobbs, a frequent contributor to The Fifth Estate, has over the years continued an unending campaign to green his patch of the world and as far afield as he can. There’s been a battery of media missiles – from newspapers articles, websites, television programs, and radio – ABC and shock jock Alan Jones included – not to mention his personal proselytising, group tours through his house, books he’s written, and individual consultancy, in order to change the world and help save the planet.

..."

We are very proud to have Michael in our neighbourhood! 

To read the full article click here.

Sustainable House Disconnects!

On Wednesday, 25th March 2015 Sydney's Sustainable House was disconnected from the main electricity grid.

The wires from the house to the pole and grid and the meter have been taken off. They're no longer being used.

The photo shows the black, yet to be named, 'kiosk' outside the french doors of the bedroom on the first floor. Inside it are batteries and a thing which changes sunlight electricity into the 240 volts needed to run the household appliances (the thing is called, an inverter).

Background

1996    - Solar system installed to feed into and take energy from grid.  Cost $26,000 for 2.2 kW system without batteries; 18 x 120 w panels.  Before renovation of kitchen, bathroom the four person household used 24 kW a day; afterwards 6kW a day due to efficient appliances.  No rebates at that time.  Batteries, if purchased, cost > $35 k, lasted ~ 10 – 15 years, required maintenance, highly polluting and inefficient.

2015     -  Disconnect from grid 24 March 15;  6 x 327 w panels replaced 6 x 120 w panels; battery + panels + installation $26,814: five day storage if no sun, 20 year warranty. 

Note; solar panels not cleaned since 1996 installation – 19 years operation; panels work at 95% efficiency in 2015.  Take up of batteries will be faster than take up of solar; with 1.4 million households having solar they’re an obvious market.  It is expected that the cost of batteries will half this year.

  Neighbours, Graeme, Thais and Jake, with a 1996 panel (120 watts) on the left, which was replaced by a 2015 panel (327 watts)

Neighbours, Graeme, Thais and Jake, with a 1996 panel (120 watts) on the left, which was replaced by a 2015 panel (327 watts)

Links

Data showing energy generation - http://sustainablehouse.com.au/my-electricity/

Legal advice: Australian law permits disconnection and the building and operation of local solar power stations - http://streetcoolers.com.au/resources 

Useful Information:

Household energy use by postcode and number of people: https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/bill-benchmark

Household energy use by LGA: http://www.ausgrid.com.au/ 

Future Grid Research Program - http://www.futuregrid.org.au/