Sustainable Cities Awards 2021
Community Finalists

Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN)
Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN)
WERN, located in Ravenhall, is a Rotary program with a catchment across north and west of Melbourne. WERN supplies good quality second-hand furniture, electronics and whitegoods to people in need without charge.

Those assisted are identified as having urgent needs as a result of trauma, loss or being unable to afford basic living items. They include individuals experiencing long-term illness, unemployment, loss of home and belongings through fire, domestic violence, lack of family support, homelessness or a refugee status.


TarraWarra Museum of Art
TarraWarra Field Guide: Making Paint and Ink
TarraWarra Museum of Art Education Field Guide publication series supports the development of skills needed to make, do, think, imagine and create. With an emphasis on exploring the outside world, TarraWarra Museum of Art Field Guides are intended to inspire creativity and foster deeper connections to making.

The TarraWarra Field Guide: Making Paint & Ink is the first in a series of three Guides to be published by TarraWarra Musuem of Art over the next three years. The series is made possible by generous support from the Museum’s Education supporters.



Collingwood Branch of the Country Women’s Association of Victoria Inc (CWA)
The Wool Project
In promotion of sustainability, Collingwood Children’s Farm (CCF) donated fleece from their sheep to the Collingwood Branch of the CWA, which would otherwise have been discarded.

The Wool Project obtained a grant from the City of Yarra to cover the cost to process this wool into yarn. Some of the wool was prepared for processing by CCWA volunteers who realised that this method would take six years to complete the project. So, they pivoted and found a wool scouring company to process the wool into yarn.

Presently, the company is washing over 140kg of fleece for the CWA.


Bridge Darebin
Heart of Thornbury
With the quarterly Makers Market cancelled due to the pandemic – along with most other events – Bridge Darebin saw an opportunity to provide education, promotion, networking and financial potential that would go above and beyond just simply replacing the loss of their market and the associated benefits of this loved community event.

First step was to create an online course that would expand what for many makers were hobby pursuits, or ‘side hustles’, into financially sound small businesses.

Micro Business for Makers was developed as a seven-week course exploring everything from registering an ABN to branding and promotion.

An online “Heart of Thornbury” marketplace was created that showcased participants’ work and promoted their stories, strengtheningd participant’s networks while creating awareness of the benefits of shopping locally and supporting micro-businesses that are so much a part of Victoria’s creative output.

Overall 2021 Sustainable City Finalists

  • Greater Geelong
  • Yarra Ranges