Community participation

There are plenty of community initiatives and organisations that share a sustainable outlook to living and working in Yarra.

From farmers market selling locally grown produce to tree planting and bicycle groups, there are any number of ways to get involved.

Local food initiatives
Community planting days
Environmental walks
Sustainability groups
Sustainable business

Clean Up Australia

Each year, Council supports Clean Up Australia Day activities on Clean Up Australia Day - the first Sunday in March.

In 2012, Council hosted a Clean Up activity in North Carlton. More than 30 people helped remove litter from local streets before enjoying a community barbecue in Curtain Square.

Community Grants Scheme

Council's Annual Community Grants Program offers assistance to community groups wanting to undertake environmental projects in the local area. Projects with ongoing community education benefits for sustainable living are favored.

Find out more on the Community Grants Program.


National Tree Day

Yarra City Council has been involved in National Tree Day since 2001. In the past decade residents have planted more than 25,000 seedlings in Yarra as part of National Tree Day. National Tree Day is coordinated by Planet Ark and gives all Australians an opportunity to get involved with their local environment at a community level.

For more information about National Tree Day in Yarra, contact Craig McGrath, Parks and Habitat Officer, on 9489 4588.

Greener Houses

The Greener Houses team of volunteers has planned the sustainability retrofit of the Richmond Community Learning Centre, creating Richmond’s first Eco-Living Demonstration Centre.
The team is keen to use the Centre to show others in our community how to live cheaper, healthier, greener. 
You can join the Greener Houses volunteer team and help others do something to reduce their energy costs, make their homes more comfortable and help the environment.
Volunteers will receive free training in community engagement methods.

Contact Annie Hingston, Greener Houses or 9457 7900 or email

Gleadell Street Market

This popular and historical Saturday street market in the City of Yarra has joined forces with the local Council to achieve an amazing 70% reduction in the waste they send to landfill each week.

Prior to starting the Waste Wise process the market was producing up to four and a half tonnes of waste each week. In partnership with Council the market traders created an action plan to improve their waste management practices and change the behaviour of the market shoppers. Some of the initiatives that were introduced included standardising bin infrastructure, and introducing coloured bins for separate waste streams. And in 2010 Gleadell Street Market became a plastic bag-free zone.

More on the Gleadell Street Market

Further information
Michael Oke
Coordinator - Environmental Managemenr
9205 5723

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