Whitehorse City Council

Sustainability Events

Events 2018



National Tree Day 
Sunday 29 July
10am - 12noon
Tassells Park, 123 Woodhouse Grove, Box Hill North

Support the local environment this National Tree Day - and enjoy a well earned BBQ after all your hard work!

Wear sunscreen, a hat, long-sleeved shirt, sensible shoes, gardening gloves and bring drinking water. Bring along a shovel or mattock if you have one.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes. RSVP on the Planet Ark website.   

In case of bad weather, please call or text 0468 545 040 to find out if the event will be cancelled or rescheduled.

More information
9262 6213


Smarter Living Workshop Series 2018

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.

Booking Essential: Book now

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.

Bookings Essential: Book now


Tree Education Events 2018

Design a native garden
Thursday 16 August 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary - Visitor Information Centre, 95 Central Road, Blackburn

Register now 

Meet landscape architect Bev Hanson who will share her top tips on how to successfully design a native garden. Bev has been designing natural style gardens with Australian plants for many years.  She has been fortunate to work for the prestigious Ellis Stones, Landscape Architect, where she learned the art of native garden design. She has designed many gardens in the Whitehorse area making the most of the available landscape. She creates beautiful gardens, that are drought proof and provide homes for native birds, butterflies, bees and skinks.

Plus take home a free indigenous plant for your garden supplied by one of our local indigenous nurseries!

Grow productive lemons, limes and oranges
Thursday 13 Sep 2018
6:30pm to 8pm
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

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Do you want an abundant citrus crop at home? Duncan Cocking is joining us to talk about how to successfully grow lemons, limes, oranges – citrus galore.

He will cover optimal growing conditions, planting, fertilising and pruning for optimum yield as well as pest & disease management. This talk is suitable for those just getting started or for those of you with existing trees that you would like to know more about their care and maintenance. Duncan has some interesting insights on citrus gall wasp and some novel ideas on how to reduce their impact on your citrus trees.

Plus be in the draw to take home 1 of 5 citrus plants for your garden!

Fill your garden with fruit
Tuesday 23 Oct 2018
6:30pm – 8pm
Whitehorse Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

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Would you like to grow a variety of fruit in your backyard? Then this is the workshop for you.

Karen Sutherland has a consistent supply of home produce that she grows in her own suburban backyard. Karen will share her gardening top tips and profile her favourite fruit trees to include in any Melbourne backyard food forest.

Come along to be in the draw to win 1 of 5 fruit trees for your garden.

Hollows, nests and other animal homes in your backyard
Tuesday 13 November 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary - Visitor Information Centre,
95 Central Road, Blackburn

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There is a shortage of tree hollows in Whitehorse. Tree hollows are crucial for a number of our native birds and animals for raising their young. Local wildlife depends on the older trees not only in our parks but also in your garden. Join us for a walk, talk and presentation by wildlife expert John Harris to find out the nesting potential of your backyard. Learn what you can do in your own garden to support local wildlife.

Plus take home a free indigenous plant for your garden from one of our local indigenous nurseries!


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