Sustainable Cities Awards 2021
Heritage & Culture Finalists

Ziebell’s Farmhouse Museum and Heritage Garden
Turning Back to Edgars Creek
Ziebell’s Farmhouse Musuems’ Turning Back to Edgars Creek exhibition traces the significant history of this waterway and the changing cultural relationship with it in Thomastown and Lalor. The exhibition traces the history of the German establishment of Westgarhtown in the 1850s and includes memories of the creek provided by descendants.  The development of suburbia and reconnection with the creek is outlined.

Consultation regarding Indigenous content was undertaken with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, with an artwork commissioned from The Torch. Children from the Bubup Wilam Aboriginal Child and Family Centre also contributed artworks.

As a ‘posted’ museum exhibition, it is being delivered to letterboxes in Thomastown and Lalor. The Census established that these communities have lower than average access to the internet at home and, while COVID-19 has meant a ‘pivot’ in museums to online programs, this does not engage all communities. The exhibitions’ online access is being promoted to the wider community.

The exhibition will inform the development and potential restoration of this natural and cultural asset. Stage 2 will involve public programs at the museum, a temporary and a travelling exhibition.


Yvette Medina
CALD Engagement
CALD Engagement has worked with the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Foundation House, Melton City Council, Western Bulldogs, Melton Youth Services programs, VICSEG New Futures, Chin Life Changing Candles, Victoria Police, the Mushroom Group, CoHealth, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melton Interfaith Network, Festival for Healthy Living, MiCare, the VEC, Spectrum Migrant Resources, Markworth Media and this year have partnered with the Brotherhood of St. Laurence to have Melton’s first ever Youth Hub.

In 2015, CALD Engagement had its inaugural Cultural Captain, with school support growing considerably to now including 16 Cultural Ambassadors.

The group has also started the Melbourne Bi-Cultural Workers Network in partnership with Foundation House, to continue the work from the Refugee Education Support Program and build a network of liaison workers and Multicultural Education Aides from schools.


Our Country, Our Future, Our Responsibility
‘Our Country, Our Future, Our Responsibility’ was a National Reconciliation Week event, which took place on 27 May 2021.

This free event ran for almost four hours, was publicly available online and live streamed at Federation Square. It included both live and pre-recorded segments and featured a line-up of speakers, performers and activists including Archie Roach, Adam Goodes, Aunty Judy Atkinson, Uncle Dave Wandin and Uncle Richard Frankland.

Drawing from the National Reconciliation Week theme for 2021, ‘Reconciliation takes action’ the session provided an opportunity for audience interaction through a Question and Answer session. While the event had previously been organised for an in-person audience, it was moved online in 2020 in response to COVID-19 restrictions. This enabled Council to reach a much wider audience, including those outside of the municipality and people with accessibility restrictions.

While it previously attracted around 300 audience members in its in-person form, the online event was able to reach an audience of around 3,000 people. It served as a celebration of Yarra Ranges’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and contemporary community.


Brimbank City Council
MB Lynch Memorial Gardens Upgrade
MB Lynch Memorial Gardens – named after a blacksmith, Martin Baird Lynch, who lived and worked opposite the gardens early last century – hold an important place in the hearts of the Sunshine community.

In the 1920s, this land was set aside for a garden to support workers amidst the burgeoning Harvester Works Factory. Over the years, the condition of the floral displays within the gardens became limited to roses which reduced the colour provided by the gardens to the spring and summer months.

In recent years, the gardens have been underutilised by the local community primarily due to no walking paths. The upgrade pf the gardens forms part of the Hampshire Road Master Plan, which council has been implementing since 2010 and which is now almost complete.

Brimbank’s Urban Design Department led the re-design of the gardens and facilitated a community-led design approach, engaging in a campaign of listening and reporting back throughout the design process.

Overall 2021 Sustainable City Finalists

  • Greater Geelong
  • Yarra Rangers