Our Wins

We secured cool and safe real grass at Quinn Grove

CAMPAIGN: COOL AND; SAFE REAL GRASS In June 2023, MVS raised the alarm of a proposal to rip up a huge parcel of real grass and install 2 fake turf ovals at the Quinn Grove Precinct in Keilor East.

Through letterboxing to local residents along with submission writing to Moonee Valley City Council, we successfully advocated for cool and safe real grass to be included in the master plan in place of fake turf.

We Secured
We Secured

We advocated for Council to shift from restrictive permits to relaxed Nature Strip Guidelines

CAMPAIGN: GUIDELINES NOT PERMITS FOR NATURE STRIPS Council’s old and restrictive permit based system was a real roadblock to people planting up their nature strips with more natural and biodiverse alternatives to lifeless lawn.

Following our Strips of Nature project, we successfully advocated for Council to adopt a more relaxed guideline based approach to nature strip planting. This was a big step forward in 2023 and will hopefully encourage more residents to get out and get planting!

We influenced Council to increase their budget spend on the climate emergency from $0 per resident to $5 per resident

CAMPAIGN: $20 PER RESIDENT — MVCC 2022/23 Budget
The proposition was simple; invest $20 per resident ($2.5m total) in the Council budget to tackle climate change by helping reduce community carbon emissions. It’s a small and achievable amount that would have a big impact.

While we didn’t achieve the full amount requested, we still managed to secure $700,000 (~$5 per resident) which is a giant leap forward from the starting point of $0 per resident!

We advocated for Solar on Council Owned Buildings

Our local sports clubs and community groups can all play a part in climate action. We put forward a submission showing that installing solar on Council owned community buildings was not only well supported, but would have both financial benefits for the clubs as well as environmental benefits for everyone!

The Avondale Heights Football club was the first to benefit with a whopping 32kW of rooftop solar panels installed in early 2023, saving them over $7000 on bills per year and over 800 tonnes of CO2 emissions over its lifetime.

Community and Council coming together to act on climate is a real win-win.