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Events 2018

Smarter Living Workshop Series 2018

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.

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Tree Education Events 2018


Fill your garden with fruit
Tuesday 23 October 2018
7pm to 8:30pm
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.

Native Plant Propagation from Cuttings
Saturday 10 November 2018
2pm to 4pm
GreenLink Indigenous Plant Nursery
41 Wimmera Street, Box Hill North

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Ever wondered how to start a garden without paying for plants? Join us at this hands-on workshop at GreenLink Box Hill Nursery on how to propagate native plants from cuttings. Plus take home your own cuttings that you will have prepared for propagation at the workshop.

This Workshop will cover:

  • Why and how plants can grow from cuttings
  • Types of cuttings
  • Demonstration of techniques
  • Tips for success
  • Then practice your new propagation skills

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.

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

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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.

National Recycling Week

Watch Your Waste Tour

Tuesday 13 November 2018
9am to 3.30pm
Bookings Essential

Join this free tour of the Suez Landfill in Hampton Park, the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre in Vermont South, and VISY's Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Bellfield.

The tour will allow residents to 'follow' the waste and recycling services collected at the kerbside as well as learn more about the services offered by Council's own Centre.

Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea provided, participants are asked to bring their own packed lunch to eat on the bus. Attendees must wear long pants and closed toe shoes. Bus pick up and drop off at Walker Park.

War on Food Waste workshop

Thursday 15 November 2018
7pm to 8pm
Box Hill Town Hall
Bookings Essential
Free Event

What can we do to before composting to help prevent food waste at home, how can we preserve commonly wasted fruit and vegetable scraps, and what are the other lesser known global initiatives happening around the world?

Meet Jessie of Leftover Lovers as she shares her travel journey and kitchen practices with you. Jessie creates a relaxed and inclusive environment that is part hands on part talk where participants are invited to cook alongside each other on the evening as a way to open up discussion on what we can do in our communities to curb our food waste and learn collectively.

All materials are provided and participants will leave with a jar of their own preserved goodies. Please consider bringing an apron, but the workshop is not particularly messy although we will be working with flour.

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