Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Transition Streets Lyneham

By Jodie Pipkorn

On Sunday 4 December 2016, around 12 people in my Lyneham neighbourhood got together to build 5 wicking bed planter boxes to grow food. We then we enjoyed a lovely street party.

This initiative was part of our Transition Streets Canberra project, which was recently showcased in a Canberra Times article.

Here’s how it came about.

In early 2016 I organised a street party and invited my neighbours. We had an enjoyable time and I found it was a great way to get to know my neighbours.

Following the successful street party, many of my neighbours agreed to together on a regular basis to explore the Transition Streets workbook. Each month or so we met to work through one of the workbook topics, from calculating our ecological footprint, to energy, food, waste, transport and water. We learnt lots along the way and enjoyed using this as an excuse to catch up and get to know each other better.

After we completed the workbook, we agreed that a joint project we would like to do was to build some wicking bed planter boxes for our complex out of recycled fence palings, to share and enjoy food and herbs. So on a lovely Sunday afternoon, after I did another large flyer drop around my neighbourhood, we had a group of people come together to make the boxes.

It was a lovely day and the highlights for me were meeting a few new people, enjoying the shared homemade food at the end of the day and getting to enjoy seeing our communal food planter boxes each time I come and go from my house!

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With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government