Whitehorse City Council

Sustainability Events

Events 2018


Smarter Living Workshop Series 2018

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
Wednesday 19 September
7pm to 9pm

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
Wednesday 3 October
7pm to 9pm
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

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

Register now

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 October 2018
7pm to 8:30pm
Whitehorse Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Register now

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
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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!


Nature Play in Whitehorse

Get the family outdoors with these free nature play sessions suitable for 2 to 5 year olds. Siblings of all ages are welcome.

If forecasted for extreme weather or a declared Total Fire Ban day the event will be cancelled. Please check the Total Fire Bans and ratings webpage the evening before. Please bring a water bottle and snack. Toilet facilities are available. If wet please bring wet weather gear and don’t forget your sunhat.

Bush buddies  

Tuesday 21 August, 10am to 11am
Blackburn Lake  Sanctuary Visitor Centre, 95 Central Road, Blackburn

Bookings essential 

Design and create your own bush buddy. Decide what superpowers it will have to protect and look after our native bushland. Then take your bush buddy on an adventure around the sanctuary. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Nature's Playground  

Tuesday 18 September 10am to 11am
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, Ashburton Drive, Mitcham

Bookings essential 

Preschoolers are invited to explore nature’s own playground. Discover a wonderful array of physical challenges that will test and develop motor skills in a natural outdoor setting. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Life Cycles    

Tuesday 16 October, 10am to 11am
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, 95 Central Road, Blackburn
Bookings Essential 

Explore the fascinating life changes of some of our most intrguing creatures at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Land life, water life

Tuesday 13 November, 10am to 11am
Wurundjeri Wetlands accessed from Orchard Grove Carpark in Blackburn South

Bookings Essential 

Look up, look down, look all around. Explore the grasslands, the open forest and the wetlands to discover what lives on the land and in the water.

Meet at the playground at the south end of Orchard Grove where there is a car park. Toilet facilities are not available.

Christmas in the bush

Tuesday 11 December, 10am to 11am
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, Ashburton Drive, Mitcham

Bookings Essential 

Preschoolers are invited to join in some bush activities with a Christmas theme. Meet at the Visitor Centre.


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