Transition Streets


Transition Streets gives neighbours the chance to come together and support each other in becoming more energy and water efficient. We also aim to build stronger and more vibrant communities. Download the Transition Streets workbook (a national version or a Newcastle specific version) for free here.

Each Transition Street explores energy and water usage, food, waste and transport over a six month period through:

  1. A practical workbook that will form the basis for discussion within the streets. The workbook has chapters on energy, water, food, transport and waste/consumption
  2. Fun, thought provoking challenges highlighting how we take many resources and the environment for granted
  3. The opportunity to develop creative responses that can help the streets become more sustainable. Each month focuses on one of the themes and the streets are encouraged to think about what they can do together to reduce their environmental impact.
  4. Street events such film nights, street parties and a local food dinner which will help to create a vibe in the street and bring people together.

Together they decide what they can do in their own homes and community to move towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Read more here.

Here’s a short video prepared about a local Transition Streets initiative them:

Read what some of the Street Contacts thought HERE. Note that in the pilot, it was called the Transition Streets Challenge.

Developing skills!

Through the program, participants learn how they can save money while also becoming more sustainable.  Each household receives a workbook with useful information, questions for discussion, and suggestions for how to become more sustainable and to reduce their bills. Members of Transition Newcastle can help to organise the first meeting and will be available to provide expertise and support.

Building relationships!

Creating more sustainable communities relies on people coming together. Transition Streets helps neighbours build relationships and open up possibilities for cooperative initiatives. Not everybody in the street will want to be involved to the same extent so here are some suggestions. You might:

  • Meet regularly with their neighbours
  • Come to a permaculture blitz or a film screening
  • Help organise a street party or a local produce dinner.

Leading the way!

Inspired by the successful Transition Streets program in the UK, Transition Streets demonstrates what can be achieved on a local community. Read some background to the development of Transition Streets in Australia here, about Transition Streets in Banyule (Melbourne) here, and Transition Streets in Canberra

Sustainable Cities Awards

Transition Newcastle was Highly Commended at the NSW Sustainable Cities Awards in July for the Transition Streets Challenge! Read more HERE.

Find out more

For more information email or phone William Vorobioff on 4967 3231.

You can find additional information by clicking the following links. (When reading some of the material, remember it was originally called the Transition Streets Challenge but is now called Transition Streets).

  1. What is the Transition Streets?
  2. Comments from the Street Coordinators about the impact of the program
  3. 21 Stories of Transition
  4. A PowerPoint with highlights from the pilot
  5. Reflections on one of the water challenges
  6. An article discussing Transition Streets in relation to Transition Initiatives in an urban context

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Newcastle (Newcastle City Council), particularly the then Environment and Climate Change Services Unit and the Make Your Place grant, for their support with the pilot project.

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We also appreciate the support we have received from Hunter Water.