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ACHIEVEMENT: Green Garage Sales are held across Victoria on or near World Environment Day.

TARGET DATE: June 2004 PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: One of the tenets of environmental sustainability is 'reducing, reusing and recycling'. This idea is to encourage people all over Victoria to hold garage sales that allow all those useful but unused items in your house or garage to be sold or exchanged with someone who will use them.

World Environment Day is on Saturday 5 June 2004, so this would be a good date to hold the inaugural Green Garage Sale. For Greens members wishing to be involved, they could choose to display green triangles, and may also choose to donate some of the proceeds to the Federal Election campaign.

Green Garage Sales will be held again on Sunday 5 June 2005, and hopefully into the future.

FURTHER INFORMATION: 2006: The Moreland Greens are currently preparing for a Green Garage sale for Moreland in Melbourne's northern suburbs on Saturday 3 June 2006. I will provide more details for this and other Green Garage sales as I become aware.

2005: Green Garage Sales will be held again in 2005. Details will be added to this site as they become available. Details of two Green Garage Sales on 5 June 2005 that I am aware of are:

  • Whitehorse Branch: 40 William St., Box Hill, from 9am to 1pm Sunday 5th June
  • Lilydale Greens: 8 Seamer Rd Monbulk from 8am – 2pm Sunday 5th June.

2004: The Victorian Greens held Green Garage Days across Victoria on Saturday 5 June 2005. Details of the event are on a media release I issued ahead of June 5 to promote it. The release is posted on my website at David Risstrom's Media Releases, with the text shown below. Please note the details relate to 2004.

The Great Greens Garage Sale on World Environment Day [2004]

To mark World Environment Day on Saturday June 5, Australian Greens Victoria branches all over Victoria will hold ‘Green Garage Sales’ to raise funds and promote ‘Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.’

The Green Garage Sales as a great opportunity to get people involved in practical environmentalism and at the same time find a bargain.

"Green garage sales are great opportunity for people to do something constructive about the environment", said Victorian Greens Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom.

"Victorians are seriously concerned about the environment. I think that many of them want to do more than attend rallies once or twice a year, they want to know that their actions have a positive effect".

"They want to put their energies and efforts towards outcomes that work.  Recycling through garage sales is a great way to do that. This means there are less resources going into production, less waste and more money stays in the community", Cr Risstrom said.

"Not to mention that it is good fun and an excellent opportunity for people to meet their neighbours, including their local Greens candidate".

"We really hope that Victorians get on-board and come along to their local Greens Garage Sale on World Environment Day and do something practical for the environment".

Greens Garage Sales will be held all over Victoria. Those in or near Melbourne include:

  • Aston: 9am - 3pm at 71 Husbands Rd, Forest Hill.
  • Batman:  10am - 4 pm at 15 Clarendon Street, Thornbury.
  • Gellibrand: 9am -2pm at 35 Severn Street, Yarraville and 9am -1pm at 98 Simmonds Drive Seaholme.
  • Melbourne: 10am - 2pm at 191 Queens Pde Clifton Hill (right near the Clifton Hill post office).
  • Melbourne Ports: 9am at 4 The Avenue (off Hotham Road) Balaclava.
  • Wills: 9 am at 195 Barkly St, Brunswick (near Barkly Square).

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