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.

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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

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.

plastic wrapping

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

Biodiversity – Spring 2015

Plants

Canola fields in Dookie

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.

Transition Tatura’s Film Festival August 29

Permaculture, Sustainability

Inspiring conversations

 Your Town, Your Food

Transition Tatura’s (2nd) Film Festival will focus on FOOD; local food (production, shop & buy local, food sharing, food waste), food miles and globalisation amongst other topics.

The goal is to offer Practical Advice during the day so people can leave with take-home strategies and ideas they can put into daily use immediately.

Keynote Speaker

David Holmgren, Permaculture co-founder

Speakers

Su Dennett, Holmgren Design / Melliodora Publishing

Rob Salter, Livewell Yarra

Films:

Homegrown, (USA, 52mins)

Design for Life (Australia, 68mins)

WHERE: Gallery Café, 115 Hogan Street, Tatura (03) 5824 1221

Parking on Hogan Street and rear of Café

WHEN: Saturday 29th August 2015

COST: $35.00 per ticket includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch, endless tea and coffee

Tickets available online from Ticketbooth

Hope to see you there!