Paper Saving Proposal Approved

Sustainability

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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.

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Lunchtime Information Session – Halloumi Making

Lunchtime Sessions

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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

Field trip to Murrnong, Violet Town

Permaculture, Sustainability

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On Thursday, 5th May, the Sustainability Working Group headed out to permaculture farm Murrnong at Violet Town to meet farmer David Arnold.

David teaches a variety of courses at the farm, including Permaculture Design and Backyard Bees, as well as harvesting and selling organic food at local farmers markets.

The group learnt about how David developed the farm, the way animals are integrated into the property, and how we can all take steps to a more self-reliant way of living.

Thanks for having us David!

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Indoor Plant Propagation Lunchtime Session

Lunchtime Sessions

 

Earth Day (22 April) at Greater Shepparton City Council was celebrated by staff with an indoor plant propagation workshop hosted by the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). A range of plants were propagated and shared including peace lillies, arrowhead plants and a variety  of succulents. The workshop explored the benefits of indoor plants and provided tips and tricks on succesful plant propagation. All participants took multiple plants for their office space and home. #EarthDay

Lunchtime Information Session – Ride to Work

Lunchtime Sessions

Want to ride to work but don’t know where to start?

Seasoned cyclists Doug Cousins & Sam Kemp from the Sustainability Working Group will be facilitating an info session that will cover the topics you need to know.

Date: Thursday 28 April, 12.30pm

Where: Alex Rigg Meeting Room, Eastbank Centre

Check out the flyer below for more info!

Sustainability Working Group – Lunchtime Information Sessions – Poster – April 2016

Fungi Festival Fun

Plants, Sustainability

In celebration of the important ecological role of fungi in our soils the Strathbogie Ranges Conservation Management Network  invites you to a late autumn Fungi Festival.

The event will be informative as well as engaging, fun and funny, as well as delicious (and inexpensive).

A workshop with fungi expert  and photographer Alison Pouliot kicks of the festival on Saturday May 7 in the township of Strathbogie.

This will be followed on subsequent weekends by a Bush Dance, a Gastromedy event and a Childrens Art Exhbition . Bookings now open for Alison Pouliot’s workshop on Eventbrite. See poster attached for more details on all events.

More information on all events will be posted on the Fungi Festival Facebook page. Get involved!

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#GREXY Challenge Give A Fork This April

Waste

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This April get #GREXY by Giving A Fork about food and its impact on our planet. Sustainable Table are hosting #GREXY challenges for the entire month of April providing those who sign up with guidance to reduce their impact.

Sign up (donate) and get involved you can either:

1. #GREXY TEASER – keep your cup
Cut the disposable cup, carry a drink bottle and request your drinks shaken, not strawed. This means that for the month you pledge to buy your takeaway drinks in a reusable cup and say no to bottled water and straws.

2. HALFWAY TO #GREXY – meat-free weekdays
Make meat a treat, get your veg on and commit to meat-free weekdays for a month.
Show the world that eating veg is just about as grexy as it gets. Making meat a (free range) treat also tastes way better and is great for the environment too.

3. DROP DEAD #GREXY –crash course in ethical eating
Learn how to eat right for the planet
and your health.
The ultimate 30-day crash course – a perfect intro to sustainable living. Attempt to fit all your landfill waste for the month into one container and learn how to incorporate sustainable eating and living habits into your daily life, without turning it upside-down.

Fore more info visit SustainableTable

 

 

 

Clean Up Australia Day 2016

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Thursday 10th of March Greater Shepparton City Council participated in Clean Up Australia’s Business Clean Up Day. Fifteen fantastic (staff) volunteers participated in the clean up collecting over 100KG of waste in just under 2 hours in extreme humidity! Significant amounts of plastic and glass bottles as well as other recyclables and landfill waste was collected. Volunteers cleaned up around Marungi street, along the Goulburn River and around Princess Park.

Clean Up Australia Day is now in its twenty sixth year, it is a bittersweet event – it is amazing that people are willing to give up their time to help rid the earth of litter but its really sad that we need to dedicate an entire day each year to this. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Clean Up Aus Day was no longer necessary?

Sixteen clean up events happened across Greater Shepparton from local community groups, schools, businesses and individuals getting involved. Tonnes of waste was collected with help of the Parks Victoria and our local community taking action.

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