Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week


Friday 26 May - Friday 8 June 2017

Sustainable Living Week is full of free and fun events with a sustainability theme. Find out how simple life changes can have a lasting positive impact on the environment, your lifestyle, your community and your finances.

Schedule of Events

Rod Quantock 

Rod Quantock Comedy Show: The Last Tim Tam

Friday 26 May, 2017, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Award-winning comedian Rod Quantock OAM, has been researching, writing and performing shows about climate change and sustainability for over 10 years. This latest comedy show brings Rod’s best work together to establish where we are, where we are going and what we can do when we get there - in a hilarious and thought provoking way.


Bungalook Community Nursery Giant Plant Sale

Saturday 27 May, 2017, 9am – 1pm
63-107 Fulton Road, Blackburn South (Wurundjeri Walk)
Free event – No bookings required, for more details email wcipp@yahoo.com.au

Come visit Bungalook Community Nursery, run by volunteers and specialising in growing plants indigenous to the City of Whitehorse, and pick up some great value local native plants including trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers and wetland plants.


Speed Date a Sustainability Expert

Sunday 28 May, 10am – 12pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill

Get free personalised one on one advice and tips from leading sustainable architects, designers and eco-experts during a 20 minute ‘date’. Book in to speak with your choice of the 15 experts who will offer practical solutions, ideas and alternative viewpoints.



Watch Your Waste Tour - BOOKED OUT

Tuesday 30 May, 8:30am – 2pmWaste truck
Bus departs: Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Follow your waste and recycling collection services with this tour. Participants will visit the SUEZ landfill in Hampton Park, see where the Whitehorse hard waste and garden organics collections processing begins at the Knox Transfer Station, and visit the Whitehorse Recycling and Waste Centre. Finally over a provided light lunch, participants will receive a presentation on recycling processing from VISY Recycling.



Solar Power and Battery Storage Solutions

Tuesday 30 May, 6:30pm – 9pmsolar panel
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill

Learn how the latest solar power and battery storage technology works from an independent solar expert, Nick Carrazzo from the Alternative Technology Association. This talk will focus on understanding the economics of the systems, what results you can achieve, and how to best evaluate which panels and battery storage system are right for you. There will also be stalls with suppliers of solar, batteries and solution providers available on the night.



Vertical Gardens – Insights from the Field

Wednesday 31 May, 7pm – 9pm
Manningham Civic Centre, Function Room, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

In this talk, roof and wall garden experts ‘Do it on the Roof’ will share insights and information drawn from their experiences creating and maintaining vertical gardens in Melbourne. This will include introducing a range of green wall systems currently available, share their pros and cons, and outline some of the key factors to be considered when installing these gardens such as irrigation, substrate choice and plant selection. This workshop is part of the Smarter Living Sessions developed in partnership with Manningham City Council.



Parenting Forum: Families Exploring Nature

Thursday 1 June, 6pm - 8pm
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Come along and hear from Ben Goodes, Early Childhood Teacher and Consultant on what is nature play and why it’s important. Ben will provide plenty of practical ideas and easy activities for parents to take home and implement with their children to get out and enjoy nature in their own backyard and neighbourhood.



Movie Night: Before the Flood

Friday 2 June, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
Free event – Bookings essential, register at http://www.beforethefloodmovienight.eventbrite.com.au

Presented by National Geographic, Before the Flood provides a riveting account of Academy Award winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He meets with scientists and world leaders to better understand the dangers of climate change and possible solutions, including actions we as individuals and a society can take to build a better future for our planet.



Hands-on Bike Maintenance

Saturday 3 June, 10am – 12pm
Box Hill Lions Club Hall, 1230 Riversdale Road, Box Hill South

Learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair in this hands-on workshop with expert instructors who will assist participants to work on their own bikes in small groups.



Nature Play at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary – kids do better outside!Nature play

Saturday 3 June, 10 – 11am
Meet at the Visitor Centre at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, 95 Central Road, Blackburn

Kids will enjoy exploring and building homes for animals big and small in the beautiful bushland setting of Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. Help to encourage insect visitors to your backyard by making an insect hotel to take home.



Transforming your yard into an Edible Oasis – with Vasili

Sunday 4 June, 10am – 12:30pmVasili small
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Interested in creating your own edible oasis, but don’t know how to go about it? Join engaging TV and radio personality and gardening guru Vasili Kanidiadis from Vasili’s Garden to Kitchen, for this practical workshop to learn the steps to design your own productive vegetable, fruit and herb garden. Following Vasili’s keynote presentation, there will be shorter talks on a topic of your choice, either you can learn about how to keep bees in your own backyard including seeing a live demonstration hive in action, or watch a hands on fruit tree pruning demonstration to learn the best ways to go about your winter pruning. An essential morning for all gardening enthusiasts and those just starting their journey!



Smart Building Design for New Homes and Extensions

Monday 5 June 2017 (World Environment Day), 7 – 8pmArchiblox
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Come and hear from Architect and Managing Director Bill McCorkell from ArchiBlox about what is smart building design for new homes and extensions, focusing on sustainable modular prefabricated homes. Bill will highlight practical examples that he’s designed including the world’s first carbon-positive prefabricated house, where more energy is produced on-site than the building requires, and a recent house extension in Box Hill, which maximised the solar potential of the property.



Whitehorse Sustainability Awards Night

Wednesday 7 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

These important awards recognise and celebrate local residents, businesses and educational institutions for their efforts in sustainable practices, such as reducing energy and water consumption, smarter gardening techniques and showing leadership within the community.The evening will include the announcement of the 2017 Whitehorse Sustainability Award winners and a chance to hear what they have achieved and how they did it.



Create a Bird Friendly Garden

Thursday 8 June, 6 – 8:30pm
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary – Visitor Information Centre, 95 Central Road, Blackburn

This workshop will focus on designing a garden to attract small native birds. Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia will talk us through how to improve the habitat in your backyard to create an oasis for both yourself and local wildlife to enjoy. You will take home a free native plant for your garden.



Exhibition: The Art of Sustainability

30 May – 11 June
Opening: Thursday 1 June, 6pm – 8pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill

This group art exhibition features artists who respect the environment and respond to principles of sustainability in their art practice. Each artist draws inspiration and utilises recycled and repurposed materials from their domestic and natural surroundings.