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Scroll below to learn about Whitehorse City Council events in 2018 and find out more about the Smarter Living Workshop Series 2018.



Events 2018

Gardening for the BeesGardening for the Bees
Thursday 24 May
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Visitor Centre
Ashburton Drive, Mitcham

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Native bees play an important role in your garden. They are superb pollinators and even better many of them don’t sting! Find out how to construct a bee hotel and which plants to grow. Not only will you be conserving your local biodiversity but your own plants and vegie patch will benefit greatly from the presence of native bees.

Our speaker, Patrick Honan currently works as a horticultural researcher for Gardening Australia on the ABC, and as a director for St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op.

Come along and find out about our free Gardens for Wildlife program in Whitehorse and how together our gardens can contribute to conserving urban biodiversity.

Create a mini ecosystem with native plants
Create a mini ecosystem with native plantsTuesday 5 June
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Forest Hill Hall
Corner of Springvale Road and Canterbury Road, Forest Hill

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Ever wondered how to use native plants inside your home? Terrariums are a great way to create a self-contained ecosystem that can bring a little bit of our beautiful Australian landscape to you. This workshop will focus on how to use plants from the local area to build a terrarium and you get to take home you own personally made glass terrarium.

Topics Covered:

  • How to building a terrarium
  • Care and maintenance
  • Tips and tricks  


Nature Play: International Mud Day!
International Mud Day 2018Tuesday 25 June
10am - 11am
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve
accessed from Ashburthon Drive, Mitcham

Free event -  Register now  

Playing in the mud is not only fun, it’s good for kids too! There is evidence suggesting that mud play is a basic biological need, and this type of play has many physical, psychological and emotional benefits for children. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, siblings are welcome!



Smarter Living Workshop Series 2018

Craig Reucassel - War on Waste
Wednesday 30 May
7pm to 9pm
Main Hall
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Craig Reucassel is an Australian writer and comedian who is best known for his work with The Chaser and for going through your bins on The War on Waste. In 2017 Craig hosted the War on Waste on ABC TV a four-part series looking at such issues as fast fashion, food waste, and disposable coffee cups.  He will spend the session taking you through his key learnings from this experience and what we can all do to support the War on Waste.

This will also be the launch of Whitehorse’s Sustainable Living Week 2018. 

Presented with Whitehorse-Manningham Libraries.

Booking Essential: Book now 

Tammy Logan - The realities of a zero-waste home
Wednesday 25 July
7pm to 9pm
Lower Hall
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Tammy Logan is the curator of “Gippsland Unwrapped” a popular blog that provides a community and a variety of resources to individuals and households who are interested in zero waste living.  Tammy started her journey by completing “Plastic Free July” and has grown that experience to taking on all aspects of low waste living.  She will take us through the practical aspects and realities of committing to a zero waste home.

Booking Essential: Book now 



Bill McCorkell & Indi Hangan - Archiblox and Tiny Homes Australia
Wednesday 29 August
7pm to 9pm
Function Room 1
Manningham Civic Office
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Tiny homes and prefabricated houses are revolutionizing home architecture and construction. They offer compact, fully functioning, transportable dwellings that can provide off-grid eco-friendly low cost home solutions.

Bill McCorkell is a fourth generation builder, second generation architect and first generation manufacturer. His passion for the environment in both its built and natural form culminated in the creation of Archiblox, a sustainable prefabricated building business he founded in 2011. Bill will present on the holistic approach to design, construction and development of truly remarkable residential and lifestyle homes.

Indi Hangan from Tiny Houses Australia will talk us through the steps involved in creating your own “Sustainable Tiny House” from planning all the way through to construction and delivery.

A Tiny Home will be on site and open for inspection from 6.30pm – 7pm.

Bookings Essential: Book now


Cultivating Community - Food Waste Recycling
7pm to 9pm
Wednesday 19 September
Lower Hall
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road Box Hill

The statistics on annual food waste in Victoria are staggering, each year we throw out enough food to fill Melbourne's Eureka Tower.  That’s 250,000 tonnes of food going into our bins and into landfill every year! (source: www.lovefoodhatewaste.vic.gov.au).
In this presentation we will inspire you to create change locally to impact globally.   We’ll provide you with solutions that you can easily implement to avoid food wastage in the first place.  And for the unavoidable food waste that occurs we’ll explore the different options for household food waste recycling so that you can choose the right option for your circumstances.

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Hugh Kelly – Essential Coffee
7pm to 9pm
Wednesday 3 October
Function Room 1
Manningham Civic Office
699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
Australians consume 6 billion cups of coffee every year. This ever growing caffeine addiction and the convenience of disposable cups and coffee pods are creating serious environmental problems. In this workshop, two times winner of the Australian Barista Championship and head of research and development at ONA coffee, Hugh Kelly, will demonstrate the tips and tricks to making award winning coffee from your home espresso machine. Also hear from Australian Researcher Sarah Hardgrove on how to use your spent coffee grinds safely in your garden.

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