Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week

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Sunday 10 April – Sunday 17 April

Find out how to make simple changes to the way you live so that you can have a positive impact on your lifestyle, community and environment.


Free event | Bookings essential (limited spots available)
Sunday 10 April, 10am–3pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
To book, visit www.trybooking.com/KBMD or phone 9262 6363.
A free full-day workshop on planning and preparing your garden to be more productive, incorporating soil health and its management, growing vegies from seeds, understanding your plants’ nutritional needs and making DIY fertilisers, as well as tips and techniques on preserving your harvest.


How Australia should respond following the Paris Climate Summit
Cost: $10 per person, $20 for families (2 adults, 2 children) and $5 for Deakin University students and staff. All ticket proceeds to go the Eastern Emergency Relief Fund | Bookings required
Monday 11 April, 6pm–8pm
Burwood Corporate Centre, Deakin University, Burwood Highway
To book visit: www.trybooking.com/174877 or phone 9262 6363
Hear expert opinions on climate change and its impact on Australian businesses, society and the natural environment. With the global community’s recent pledge to put the brakes on carbon emissions, we will learn about the opportunities and challenges Australia faces in adapting to a low carbon future and what that means for you locally.


Free event | Bookings required
Tuesday 12 April, 7pm–8.30pm (6.30pm for refreshments)
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill
To book, visit www.trybooking.com/KBDP or phone 9262 6363
The clever design of small(ish) spaces gives a nod to the idea that “less is more” by using creative thinking to create highly functional and sustainable homes that are modest in size and resource use. Award-winning architects Ian Lovell and Melissa Bright will present projects that encourage simple and minimal living. Their work is engaging, features innovative use of materials and is packed with sustainability initiatives such as low running costs and low maintenance requirements. These homes make a positive contribution to everyday life and the wider neighbourhood.  


Free event | Bookings essential
Wednesday 13 April, 7pm–8.15pm  (6.30pm for registration and refreshments)
Waratah Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
To register, email green@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or phone 9262 6363
The Sustainability Awards recognise and celebrate local residents, schools and preschools, community groups and businesses for their efforts in leading and promoting sustainable lifestyles. The event will include the announcements of the 2016 Sustainability Award winners and the launch of the new Indigenous Gardening in Whitehorse Guide.   


Free event |No bookings required
Saturday 2 April – Sunday 17 April
Celebration evening: Thursday 14 April, 6.30pm–8.30pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill

To celebrate Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week the local community and the team from Slow Art Collective will build a colourful, interactive environment made from recycled materials and everyday objects. Drop in to the Box Hill Community Arts Centre during Sustainable Living Week and make your very own recycled creation to add to the installation and make it grow.


Free event | Bookings essential
Friday 15 April, 9.15am–12.30pm
Meet at the Whitehorse Centre, rear of 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
To book, visit www.trybooking.com/JYAH or phone 9262 6333
Ever wondered what happens to your recycling once it’s picked up from the kerbside? Join our recycling tour and visit a Visy Recycling Education Centre for a first-hand look at the fascinating world of recycling! Refreshments provided.


Free event | No bookings required
Saturday 16 April
Horticulture Centre, 82 Jolimont Road, Forest Hill, 10am–12pm
Box Hill South Neighbourhood House, 47 Kitchener Street, Box Hill South, 11am–12.30pm

Attend an urban harvest swaps in either Forest Hill or Box Hill South to exchange your home-grown produce, meet other garden enthusiasts and enjoy a workshop from a special guest speaker on food gardening and design. Workshops will run from approximately 10.15am (Forest Hill) and 11.45am (Box Hill South).


Free event | Bookings essential, limited places available
Saturday 16 April, 9.30am–12pm or 12.30pm–3pm
Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
To book, email roadsafety@whitehorse.vic.gov.au or call 9262 6134 with your preferred session time.
Cyclewise is a free bicycle confidence training program suitable for adults. The program is perfect for people who can already ride a bike but may lack confidence with bike control skills or who have recently learnt to ride a bike. The course is run in a safe, traffic-free area by a professional instructor. Participants will need to bring a helmet and a bike in roadworthy condition.


Free event
Sunday 17 April, 10am–12pm
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Central Road, Blackburn
To book, visit https://natureplay-blackburnlake.eventbrite.com or phone 9262 6211.
Outdoor play is healthy and a great way to learn about our environment. Kids will enjoy a range of creative play opportunities with natural materials while adults learn about inspiring outdoor play ideas that can be adapted to their own backyard. Collect your ‘Nature trail card’ at the Visitor Centre upon arrival and get it stamped at each activity. At the end of the trail you will get a nature pack with poster and mini craft activity.