Talking My Language
Tips on how to make households more sustainable have been created to help spread the word around Yarra's Vietnamese community.
The energy-saving resource was developed through a partnership between Darebin City Council, Yarra City Council, and the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, with Vietnamese residents choosing the design, format and messages to suit their community.
Cr Alison Clarke launched the new resource at a community event in December 2011. Over one hundred residents attended the launch, where fridge magnets designed to look like houses, with each room featuring a different energy-saving tip in Vietnamese, were handed out.
Vietnamese Fridge Magnet - Talking My Language (731.22kB)
The project was part of the 'Talking My Language' program led by Darebin City Council with funding from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, which has produced materials in community languages around Victoria.
In each municipality, the council has worked with community groups to produce materials in their languages. The Indian community in Maribyrnong produced a DVD, as did the Afghan community in Shepparton while the Italian community in Darebin has produced a booklet that sticks onto the fridge.
These along with resources in Greek and Macedonian are available from Darebin City Council’s website.
There is also a range of online resources in languages other than English on the Environment Victoria website.
You can pick up a fridge magnet from Yarra’s Town Halls or the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association in Richmond, and you can find hard copies of all of these resources at Yarra Libraries.
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Community Sustainability Officer