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Pics from the Sustainable Homes Day bus trip – part I

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As part of National Sustainable Homes Day – 14th of September 2014 – the Transition Town Guildford Sustainable Homes action group organized a bus tour of three far away homes. We visited two in Safety Bay and one in East … Continue reading

Perth Metro Transition Towns – Neighbourliness and The Power of Just Doing Stuff, Together – 21 September

The Perth Metro Transition hub is taking part in three fun, family friendly activities on 21 September. We invite you to join us.

Transition Hub picnic 21 Sep

First, we’re celebrating spring with a family picnic at Banks Reserve at 3 pm. Second, it’s also UN Global Day of Climate action, so on our way to the picnic, we’re joining the People’s Climate Mobilisation, a record-breaking climate rally in Perth at 1 pm in Russell Square. Finally, we thought we’d do something really insane together to commemorate both events: We are donating a heliostat to Australia’s first community-owned solar thermal power plant – that’s one of those mirror panel thingies that concentrates the sun. True!

PCM Flyer final draft PERTH

The picnic at 3 pm at Banks’ Reserve in Mt Lawley (short walk from East Perth train station) is an open, family event celebrated by all 8 of Perth’s metro Transition Town Groups – Guildford, Stirling, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Mt Hawthorn, Victoria Park, Fremantle and Kwinana. We’d love you to join us. Please bring a plate to share and it’s a waste free event, so keep that in mind.

The rally at 1 pm in Russell Square (Northbridge) features noted speakers Prof. Fiona Stanley, Bishop Tom Wilmot and special guest UN Steering committee member and JCI Top 20 Outstanding Young Persons of the World nominee, Zaheer Allam of Mauritius. It includes loads of opportunities to learn about renewable energy and how you can take effective personal and collective climate action.

Rally speaker Dr Fiona Stanley

Rally speaker Professor Fiona Stanley

Donating a heliostat together for Australia’s first community owned solar thermal power plant is made possible by CORENA: Citizen’s Own Renewable Energy Network Australia, Inc. It’s an Australia-wide not-for-profit that has a great track record for community financing of community solar projects. They decided to think big – why not fund a solar thermal power plant together? We love that idea and decided to join in. Transition Town Guildford has been donating to CORENA from proceeds of their popular monthly movie nights this year, and has so far raised $500.

A heliostat is $5,000, so TT Guildford decided to invite the rest of the Perth Metro Transition hub to join in. CORENA is working alongside organizers of all of the People’s Climate Mobilisation organizers across Australia to make 21 Sep a major fund-raising drive. Their target is $5 million dollars raised on the day. Why not! If you’d like to chip in, click here.

The Transition Town movement started in 2005 when people in the UK got concerned about what would happen when oil started running out…. especially since few in government seemed to share the concern. The movement has grown wildly since then, and WA now has nearly 20 Transition Towns with 8 in the metro area.

People love the idea of building community resilience through neighbourliness and just getting on with things. The notion that ‘it’s up to us’ also resonates with people, especially in Australia presently, where elected officials are heading in many directions that are clearly opposed by the majority of Australians. Renewable energy is an example: Research from The Australia Institute shows that 90% of Australians want more electricity from solar, and 68% are concerned about the health and climate effects of electricity from coal.

Aus Institute Renewables

That’s why we’ve organized these three events together. We’d love to see you there!

Rally event info:

  • Time:    1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Date:    Sunday, Sept 21
  • Location: Russell Square, cnr Shenton & James St, Northbridge   RSVP:

Family picnic info:

  • Time:    3:00 to 6:00 PM
  • Date:    Sunday, Sept 21
  • Location: Banks Reserve, 60 Joel Terrace, Mt Lawley
  • RSVP:   see you there

Our own solar power plant:

Sustainable Homes Day bus tour

Transition Town Guildford has formed a Sustainable Homes action group and this month we will be touring houses as part of the National Sustainable Homes Day (

Sunny's House Safety Bay

We thought it might be a good opportunity to hire a bus, tour a few houses together and in particular visit some homes further a field that we wouldn’t often get to.

The plan is to depart Guildford at 10:30 am, visit two houses in Safety Bay and then another 1-2 houses on the way back. Returning around 4-5 pm. We will be stopping at a cafe/park to have lunch, so please bring extra money for that or pack a lunch.


  • 10:15 am – Meet at Guildford Train station (far eastern end) & board bus
  • 10:30 am – Depart Guildford
  • 11:30 am – arrive Sunny’s house (Safety Bay)
  • 12:30 am – lunch and toilet stop at a nearby cafe/park (BYO/ pay for own)
  • 1:30 -3:30 pm – visit another house in Safety Bay and 1-2 houses in freo on return trip, TBC
  • ~4:30 pm – return to Guildford station

We can only fit 24 people on the bus, so please make sure you register. We are charging for this event as we need to cover the cost of bus hire and fuel. Luckily Sustainable Home group co-leader Colin is a bus driver and providing his services for free 🙂

RSVP essential, please purchase a bus ticket here