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.

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.

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!