Up-Cycled Office Decos

BuyNothingNew, Recycling, Waste

Council staff have been getting creative in the office; highlighting that you don’t need to go out and buy brand new decorations to create a festive space. By using old stuff and natural products you can create some fabulous Christmas cheer that doesn’t cost the earth.




Swap Party

BuyNothingNew, Lunchtime Sessions, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste


The Sustainability Working Group are hosting a Swap Party just before Christmas to get staff thinking about re-using, recycling and reducing the amount of stuff we buy.

A Swap Party invovles participants bringing along five clean, good quality items you no longer want. You could bring clothes, homewares, toys, books, plants or excess fruit and veg.

Swap Parties are fun, free and green. By swapping you help save water and energy, reduce green house gases and keep valuable resources out of landfill.

You can read more info on Swap Parties HERE


Re-Usable Veggie Bag Making Workshop

Lunchtime Sessions, PlasticFree, Sustainability

Our September lunchtime session, led by Rose M and Maree A, showed us how to make our own reusable veggie bags.  Attendees all had a go at making their own re-usable bags.
The veggie bags are the perfect solution to avoiding the use of the small plastic bags found in the fruit and veggie sections.

You can read 1Milllion women’s tips on how to make your own  veggie bags HERE

We look forward to having similar workshops into the future! Thank you Ladies for helping us to reduce waste!


National Tree Day – 21 August

Plants, Uncategorized

National Tree Day in Greater Shepparton was postponed due to all the rain we have been having. Sunday saw loads of Greater Shepparton residents getting their hands dirty and planting trees at Tassiker Reserve.

A few of the SWAG members participated in the planting of around 1200 trees!


Photo cred for top and bottom photo: Councils Marketing/Communications team.

Keep Cups are here!

PlasticFree, Sustainability, Waste

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Every minute around the world, over one million disposable cups are discarded.

Help Council reduce our landfill contribution by purchasing a reusable glass cup, available from the Customer Service desk from today. Cups are only $10 each – that’s a saving of more than 50% off the recommended retail price!

A number of council departments contributed funds to enable our group to purchase 240 cups. We are selling these cups below cost price to encourage staff to minimise their use of disposable cups. If 200 staff were using KeepCups annually, we would reduce our environmental footprint by diverting almost 66 thousand cups from landfill!

All money raised will be used to fund future sustainability projects.

What To Plant This August

Gardens, Plants


After all this rain August will be a perfect time to get out in the garden and start planting:

Snowpeas             Spinach            Spring onions               Tomato
Watermelon          Artichoke (globe)         Asparagus         Beetroot
Cabbage              Dill                   Garlic                            Leek
Lettuce                Mint                  Onion                           Parsnip
Peas                    Potato               Radish                          Rhubarb


SURVEY – We want to find out what you think about our drinking water


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FACT – One in nine people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water.

FACT – In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

The Sustainability Working Group has been investigating ways to save money, reduce waste and energy consumption whilst ensuring safe and quality drinking water for employees.

We have installed a trial Aquafil Fresh Filtered Water Cooler in the downstairs Welsford Street kitchen, which is linked to plumbing rather than utilising the disposable 15L water bottles currently used throughout the organisation.

We want to gauge your thoughts about the current and proposed water facilities. Please take the time to complete the survey via the link below – just 6 easy questions!

We look forward to receiving your feedback!


Paper Saving Proposal Approved


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Great news! Greater Shepparton City Council will reduce our total paper use by 15% after a recommendation was approved to forgo printing out extensive reports for our Executive Leadership Team and Councillors. Instead, team members will receive these reports electronically.

That equates to saving about 450,000 sheets of paper each year. The change starts with us.

Lunchtime Information Session – Halloumi Making

Lunchtime Sessions


Our July Lunchtime Information Session is set to be a tasty one!

Halloumi cheese originated from the island of Cyprus and is characterised as a semi-hard, unripened, and brined cheese made traditionally from sheep’s milk with the addition of a smaller amount of goat’s milk. Modern recipes also include cow’s milk.

GSCC Team Member Karen Dexter has mastered an easy recipe to make halloumi at home. Don’t miss this workshop for a taste of cheesy goodness!

Date: Thursday 28 July
Location: Hunter Room (upstairs)
Time: 12.30pm – 1.00pm