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Old Pathways, New Adventures - Protecting our Wetlands
Boardwalk at the Green Skills Denmark Wetlands Centre
Photo credit: Anala Linckens

LATEST NEWS 
World Wetlands Day - 2nd February
Volunteers manned the Green Skills stand at the City of Albany town square event
for World Wetlands Day on the 2nd February.
Sydney Golden Wattle just loves a nice wetland to invade. Green Skills showcased our Regional Weedy Wattle and Torndirrup National Park wattle projects and their achievements to date. With cut backs in funding for environmental weeds, it is becoming more important for the community to be able to identify these species and how to treat them for eradication and replace them with our lovely endemic species.
Perth Hospitals jump on-board with
Modern Cloth Nappies
In our line of work, we meet with so many interesting, committed, passionate people.
Last week, we had one of those meetings – with Kristy Wiegele and Georgi Wardrop from St of John of God’s Mt Lawley Hospital (pictured). These midwives were already *full bottle* on modern cloth nappies; they were just missing the actual nappies to show their parents-to-be. 
Not anymore! Thanks to a project funded by the Waste Authority, Green Skills has provided them with a Cloth Nappy Demo kit – specially for Antenatal Educators, full of modern nappies and the information parents need to use them.
They join the list of cloth nappy-friendly, participating hospitals:
  • Armadale Health Service
  • Joondalup Health Campus
  • King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
  • The Family Birth Centre
  • St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
  • St John of God Hospital, Mt Lawley
  • St John of God Hospital, Subiaco
Interested in a free kit for your antenatal clinic? There are only 2 left! Midwives and Parent Educators can contact Aline in the Green Skills Murdoch office 9360 6667 or on email  
This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

Passata Galore
The Permaculture Albany group held a passata making workshop on the weekend in the Green Skills Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre. With a focus on food security, sustainability and making use of food in season, the group processed over four cases of home grown and market sourced tomatoes with everyone taking some jars home to enjoy at a later date.  The group discussed and tasted an array of dehydrated produce that can be added to the passata to make delicious soups and nearly instant but nutritious soups for busy lifestyles.  
To book this venue for your next function contact the Albany office on 9842 1334 or email albany@greenskills.org.au
WEEDY WATTLE PROJECT WRAP UP!
Green Skills held our last wattle busy bee for the Weedy Wattle Coordination project in Little Grove last week. Thanks to all our volunteers, hosts and supporters, including the City of Albany who attended this busy bee. This project was supported by State NRM.
The NEW  Denmark Community Garden is under construction at the Denmark Community Resource Centre!
Come and have a look and join us for the first workshop and opening event of the Denmark Community Garden on Saturday 9th March 2019 at 3pm - 6pm. The Denmark Community Garden is a Green Skills managed project, dellivered in partnership with the Denmark CRC.  Please book for this event with Basil at Denmark Green Skills by phone : 0429481019  or email Basil Schur
We Made it Happen! The Food Fighter Film Screening was a huge success!
The Food Fighter film was well received to a packed-out audience and will hopefully inspire some local food waste action. Drop into the Green Skills Albany office at 38 Graham Street to buy a $10 worm tube and cycle your kitchen food scraps into the soil or check out https://www.ozharvest.org/ for more recipes and resources about food waste.

This event was supported by the Waste Authority of Western Australia
 GREEN SKILLS EVENTS coming up ...
March is a very busy month for the South Coast Green Skills Festivals

The 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity is underway with a program full of activities from January until late April 2019.

For more information on the 2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity and to download the Festival Program and/or book for events, please go to our
 
BIRD FESTIVAL  webpage or email  Basil at Green Skills Denmark or phone 98483310

GREEN SKILLS 2019 GREAT SOUTHERN
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL 23rd March 
The Sustainable Community Festival is on March 23rd, 10am - 2pm in the Albany Town Square. Introducing the inaugural Festival of Zucchini and incorporating the School Cook-Off and Harmony Day activities, there’ll be something for everyone. Live music, food stalls, markets, pop-up garden and sustainability speakers. Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for more information and event schedule over the next few weeks: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984320981686980/

Stall space for this event is nearly fully booked - Contact Anne on 0498 194 222 at Albany Green Skills for more information
2019 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity 
Upcoming Events for late February and March

The 2019 "Not Waste Festival"

April 5th - 7th, 2019 in the Denmark Civic Centre 


As an expansion upon Art Not Waste this new festival “Not Waste Festival “ April 5,6,7 is shaping up to be amazing. The three day festival is jam packed with all sorts of ways to rethink waste. The aim of the festival is to give people practical ways to reduce waste and to come together and celebrate the incredible things that are already being done in our region.  With loads of workshops, market stalls, upcycled fashion parades, contemporary dance, a film by local film maker Robert Castiglioni there is something for everyone. If you want to know more or are interested in being a part of this festival please go to the link below 

How do I get involved?  

To get involved please just go to the Green Skills Not Waste Festival  web page and click on the link for the appropriate form. If you are having trouble filling the form please email James, the festival organiser.

Book this great space for your next workshop and meeting event - Contact Rachel or Anne at Green Skills Albany 9842 1334
Denmark Tip Shop
Open for business - clothes and building materials galore
 
Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark.
Open Monday to Saturday 12- 4pm
and Sundays 9am - 1pm.
Treasure at the Tip Shop!
Photo Credit:  Bruce Carter
 

WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING
We have had changes to the Albany staff. Farewell to Bernard de Bunnetat, enjoy your year of world travel! And a wave to Rosie Smith, who is going on to university studies. We hope we’ll still see you around!

Remember this...
because our planet is so worth it!
 

Communities, Councils and Canteens
20 000 people will be engaged across the Great Southern in the next 12 months in a Green Skills project to reduce waste to landfill supported by grant funding from the State Government Waste Authority. Project activities will include zero waste workshops, a zucchini festival, recycling facility tours, a film night, support for local Boomerang Bag volunteers, support for regional councils to launch Terracycle programs and bringing together representatives from all Albany schools for a thinktank on canteen plastic and food waste.

Anne Sparrow, Green Skills Albany Manager, says: “We’re thrilled to get this funding because it will provide waste avoidance activities across five different councils to help schools and households reduce their landfill. This will relieve pressure on landfill sites and empower the community with strategies to manage their waste.”

Green Skills Albany has been a Terracycle collection point since 2017, accepting up to six difficult waste streams for recycling. For more information see their website or Facebook page
Just picked for our #foodisfree cart at Green Skills 38 Graham Street, Albany: eggplants, beans, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and basil. Some onions & shallots still, and coriander seed. Drop past whenever our gates are open and take what you can use. Plenty more basil in the wicking beds. Free for the taking.

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GREENSKILLS YOUTUBE Links 
NEW *  Birds on the Edge: WA's Cranbrook community helping threatened shorebirds
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwO5s3XWM8c
Green Skills YouTube Video Link on Cranbrook Lakes and Shorebird conservation

NEW *  * Warriup swamp   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBXPvv2AnPo

NEW *  * Moolyup Swamp     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkg9kspnr5U
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TERRACYCLE PROGRAM 


Green Skills Albany is a drop-off point for a nationwide recycling program?

Terracycle turns hard-to-recycle waste into durable products such as park benches. Cool huh!

Green Skills Albany accepts the following TerraCycle waste streams:
  • Australia Post mailing satchels,
  • Nescafe coffee pods,
  • Oral care products (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss),
  • Hair and skin care or cosmetic product containers.

All containers need to be empty, no need to clean them.

Drop off to Green Skills at 38 Graham Street, Albany during weekdays 9-3pm.

Want more info? Check out TERRACYCLE.com.au


 
 
Green Skills is a driver of change
toward more sustainable communities.
 
Sustainable communities are where all people experience and contribute to the principles of biodiversity and ecological integrity; equity,  human rights and the rights of the environment; long-term economic health and personal wellbeing.

 
Would you like to be a member of
Green Skills.
Please get in touch.

Contact
albany@greenskills.org.au

 


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Murdoch | Albany |Denmark
Western Australia

 
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