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Sustainability Events

2019 Events

Gardens for Wildlife

Attracting small birds to your garden

Tuesday 26 February 2019
7pm- 8pm
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

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Do you love our feathered friends but find that the only visitors to your garden are magpies and mynas?  Join Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia to hear about some achievable steps you can take to provide habitat for small birds, discourage the bully birds and boost bird biodiversity.
Attendees will receive an indigenous plant to begin their garden enrichment.


Smarter Living Sessions

Urban Agriculture is the practice of growing, harvesting and cooking food in an urban setting. At the heart of urban agriculture are communities that come together to develop relationships, share knowledge and build creative partnerships. In this seminar an expert panel will share their stories and discuss how neighbourhoods can work together to turn balconies, courtyards and backyards into highly productive food gardens and share the harvest amongst family, friends and neighbours.

Panelists include:

Paul West, Chef turned urban farmer from River Cottage Australia. Paul will share his passion for locally grown and sustainable produce. Paul has swapped his NSW farm for a city life in Melbourne with his family, and has transformed his suburban backyard into an edible oasis.

Michael Mobbs, author of Sustainable Food, environmental lawyer, urban farm designer and all round sustainability guru renovated inner-city Sydney terrace to be almost entirely self-sufficient. However after this renovation, Michael realised that although his house was sustainable, he wasn’t. So he turned his attention to reducing the carbon emissions associated with growing, processing, transporting, selling and disposing food.

Ellen Regos is the Team Leader for the School Food Gardens Program at Cultivating Community and has worked for 25 years as a teacher and educator in sustainability. Her love affair with food gardening began as a small child harvesting hot figs off the tin roof of her grandfather’s garage and climbing apricot trees in her grandmother’s garden.

This event is also the Launch of Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week.

Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste; she started with one van in Sydney. After changing the law to make it safe for companies to donate surplus food, she has grown OzHarvest to be Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, opened the first rescued food supermarket and is now taking the unique food rescue model global.

Ronni is a powerhouse in the fight against global food waste. OzHarvest partners annually with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue and is working with Government and key stakeholders to halve food waste nationally by 2030. The ripple effect of her commitment is fueling action across the globe.

Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live. A former cosmetics manufacturer, Natalie realised that individual action is key to a powerful path to solving the climate crisis. She decided to leave behind the over-packaged world of skin and beauty care, to create an organisation that inspires and empowers women to act. Recently, Natalie published ‘Every Woman's Guide to Saving the Planet’.

She will present on her inspiring story combined with a practical tool kit for reducing your carbon footprint and mobilising your community around the biggest issue of our time - climate change.

Bring your family along to a fun filled night for all ages to learn about all things recycling.

We will take you on the journey and show you what happens to your recyclables once they leave your bin, how each item is sorted at the Visy recycling facility and then what products the items are made into. You will get the chance to see a real recycling truck, there will be prizes and giveaways on the night.

Natasha Primo is the marketing and education coordinator at Visy Recycling, she is very passionate about educating students and the wider community about the benefits of recycling and how to get it right at home. She hopes that by educating as many people as possible, it will empower them to make better recycling decisions and understand the importance of protecting our environment for years to come.

Be entertained by an engaging performance from the wonderful ‘MOOP’ Patrol. ‘MOOP’ Patrol spread sustainability messaging in a fun and engaging manner and will take your entire family on the journey of recycling, explaining how damaging contamination can be and the effects litter has on our environment.

If you would like the chance to see a real recycle truck up close please arrive at 5:30pm.
*earlier time - school holidays event


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