Author Archives: Paul Gale-Baker

Sustainable Macleod AGM 2020

Sustainable Macleod Inc will hold the Annual General Meeting on Monday, March 23, at 7.45pm at the Macleod Organic Community Garden. Current, paid members have been sent details and forms. If you have not, please contact Paul on If you have not renewed your membership this year, go to:

North-East Link

The Inquiry and Advisory Committee for the North-East Link has asked for submissions to the Environmental Effects Statement. Sustainable Macleod has made a short submission urging that the NEL plan be amended to include a tunnel from the M3 Freeway, rather than the open cut proposal that would mean an open freeway alongside Greensborough Highway. You can read our submission here.

Costa Opens Macleod Organic Community Garden

After 3 years of construction the Macleod Organic Community Garden was officially opened by Costa Georgiadis (AKA Costa the Garden Gnome), of Gardening Australia. Costa spoke to a gathering of over 200 people, including garden members, local politicians and the public and inspired and delighted us all for well over half an hour. Costa generously donated his time on the day.

Robin Gale-Baker wins Victorian Senior of the Year Healthy and Active Living Award, 2018

Sustainable Macleod is delighted to announce that Robin Gale-Baker was awarded 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year – Healthy and Active Living – by the Victorian Governor, Linda Dessau. Many thanks to Anne Connell for nominating Robin and to Marsha Merory, Sandra Macneil and Katherine Barling for their supporting references.Robin Gale-Baker with her Victorian Senior of the Year Award, 2018

“Robin was nominated for this award for her leadership in the establishment of Sustainable Macleod, the Macleod Vegie Swap and the Macleod Organic Community Gardens.

She is the networker and connector for a very diverse range of individuals and community organisations and she is regarded as a role model and mentor for older community members and younger generations seeking to engage in the community.

Robin has a deep understanding of the importance of social participation to people’s health and wellbeing – one of her respoinses has been the organisation of a busy calendar of events to attract and engage locals seeking activity and companionship.

This includes her work to engage young people and people with disabilities on practical approaches to healthy living and community participation

Her activism on sustainability and broader environmental issues, includes the workshops she delivers associated with the practicalities of local healthy food production and on the worldwide transition movement which aims to establish caring, safe and resilient local communities.”