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.


Field trip to Murrnong, Violet Town

Permaculture, Sustainability


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!


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

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!


Lunchtime Information Sessions are back!

Plants, Sustainability

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February – How to grow your own Chillies/Tomatoes/Avocadoes

Want to learn more about growing fruit and vegetables? Learn from the master Michael Carrafa as he reveals his secrets on how to grow the tastiest tomatoes and chillies going around! MC will also share how you can cultivate your own avocado plants from seed.

Date: Thursday 18 February
Location: Hunter Room, Welsford Street Office
Time: 12.30pm – 1.15pm
BYO Lunch

Biodiversity – Spring 2015


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.

GV Food Gardens

Gardens, Plants


Are you a keen food gardener? Check out the GV Food Gardens page on Facebook. The page was created to bring together the people of the Goulburn Valley who love to grow and eat their own food. Members can help answer any gardening or food questions you have, as well as being an ideal place to trade excess produce you may be growing.
Follow the page here!

Winter Movie Screenings – Edible Landscapes

Lunchtime Sessions, Plants, Sustainability

edible gardens

Wednesday 24 June the Sustainability Working Group hosted a screening of two TED talks that looked at edible gardens and their enormous potential to strengthen communities.


Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

What should a community do with its unused land? Pam Warhurst tells the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.

Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA – in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”