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.

 

 

 

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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!

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

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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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

Clean Up Australia Day, Uncategorized

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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Change One Thing

PlasticFree, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste

CHANGE 1 THING

Below is a list of relatively small changes that everyone can do to start making the world better. Change ONE thing from what you normally do. Just one. Then the hope is that one will turn into two, or more. And while this is by no means the complete list of what you can be doing, it’s a start. A super easy start.

KEEP CUP

Saying NO –BYO coffee cup
I’m not going to tell you not to have coffee, but in Australia, we bin around 1 billion coffee cups every year, generating over 7,000 tonnes of waste –whaaaaat!
CHANGE ONE thing
Get yourself a reusable cup. There are some pretty good looking ones out there. Keep it in your bag, at home or at work and BYO everywhere you go. Some cafes even give you a discount if you have one.

FOOD SHPPING

Food Shopping  –When it comes to your weekly food shop, just be a little more aware about packaging, plastic and knowing where your food comes from. Australians throw away about 7,150 recyclable plastic bags a minute. Around the world we use and throw away 1 trillion every year. CHANGE ONE thing – Often fruit and veg already  have its own natural packaging, avoid plastic bags or purchase reusable veggie bags.

Ditch the disposable


Ditch the disposable –
Some 100 billion disposable pieces of plastic cutlery are used and thrown out every year. Parts of the ocean are turning into plastic soup. The culprits? Takeaway containers, water bottles, straws, plastic bags and plastic cups. Items we often only use once!
CHANGE ONE thing – Say no to plastic bags, extra napkins and cutlery. If you’re going back home or to work to eat your takeaway use the cutlery there and take your own container. If you’re clothes shopping, put bought items in your own bag, or get one bag and put everything in there.

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Kill the plastic wrapping –The notorious line up of plastic wrap/cling film/tin foil/aluminium foil/sandwich bags is made from energy intensive resources and often people use them for single, wasteful uses. Take the plastic covering your leftovers. After its binned it most likely will end up in landfill. Change ONE thing –STOP using plastic wrap invest in Tupperware, use old takeaway containers, wash and reuse sandwich bags and get more uses from your tin foil.

bottled water

Say BYE to bottled water – Water has to be pumped out of the ground, packaged, transported and chilled before it gets to us. This creates over 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year in Australia alone. We could actually just get it from the tap. Change ONE thing – Buy a reusable water bottle and take it everywhere you go. Refill it at cafes, restaurants or parks. Who wants to pay for bottled water when there is a much cheaper alternative?

You can do it! By now, you might be feeling something unfamiliar. Maybe you’ve even fist pumped the air. It’s a little thing called eco enthusiasm. Share it far and wide!

Sources: Images and content taken from HERE

Buy Nothing New This October

BuyNothingNew, October, Sustainability, Waste

This October Shop Less. Live More.

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Pledge HERE to Buy Nothing New this October, then with the exception of essentials (food, drink, medications, hygiene products) you can beg, borrow, barter, swap or buy second hand whatever you need.

Buy Nothing New Month isn’t Buy Nothing New Never. Nor is it about going without.

It’s literally about taking one month off to really think, “Do I really need it?” If I do, “can I get it second-hand, borrow it or rent it? What are my alternatives? Can I borrow from a friend? Can I swap with my neighbour?”

It’s about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we’re done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our ‘stuff’.
It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s moving from consumption-driven to community-driven.

You can find more info HERE

Biodiversity – Spring 2015

Plants

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Biodiversity Spring 2015 is a celebration of all the things that make up our natural environment – the flora and fauna to the fungi and the habitats they live in.

Biodiversity Spring is celebrated each year throughout the Goulburn–Broken Catchment and north-east Victoria. For the ninety-one days of Spring, from September through to November, a range of organisations and community groups will showcase the biodiversity in our areas and show you just how amazing, interesting and unusual nature can be.

The program this year is packed with spotlight walks, bird watching, ecology courses, basket weaving and many other activities. The events are FREE (unless noted) and everyone is invited to come along and participate.

So Spring into Spring. You know you want to.

Download the calendar of events here.