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Photo above: Tracks of Time - Artists involved Nikki Greene, Helmie van Melle, Janine mcCrum, Robyn Lees.
Photo by Basil Schur

Koora, koora, yeyi, kalyakool noongar. Moort boodjera-k-ngat djinanginy. Ngulak Ngaank Nidja Budjar. (Long long ago, now and forever Noongar looking after the land.)

To all of our supporters, participants, sponsors and on-the-ground change-makers we'd like THANK YOU for a great 2017.

We wish you all the very best for the coming year and looking forward to seeing you at some of our events and happenings in Western Australia.


The FESTIVAL Wheels are in Motion

The 2018 Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival program is filling up.

if you are interested in hosting an event as part of the FESTIVAL please contact us ASAP on 

If you want to participate as a stallholder at the FAIR AND EXPO 24th March 2018 please get in touch with Jacqui on

We are developing a collaboration potential with Green Man Media  and Great Southern Film Harvest. We are seeking good quality short films of the Great Southern - food, creative, culture arts, environment - To be part of a shorts feature for the Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival. If you would like to be considered for this please let us know what you have. Respond here by email with: title; content description, length, and why you feel it is a good fit. represents the Great Southern.

For more information contact Dawn

Fair & Expo

Stallholders, presenters, sponsors and  interested parties please get in touch soon if you are interested in being a part of this event.
Contact Jacqui at

The Fair & Expo is the main event of the regional Sustainable Living Festival.

The Green Skills Sustainable Living Fair & Expo will be on Saturday 24th March 2018.

There will be stalls, information exhibits, entertainment, guest presentations, sustainability demonstrations, and more

Enjoy the video showing snapshots from the 2017 Event.


South Coast Festival of Birds

The 2018 Festival of Birds will take place over February, March and April including an array of entertaining and educational community events showcasing the unique and beautiful bird fauna of the south coast of Western Australia.

Events will take place in Albany and other South Coast locations and include: 
  • Bird outings and walks
  • Talks at the Albany Library
  • Spectacular bird photography
  • Field trip
  • Workshops
  • Bird Identification
  • Films
  • SunSmart Albany Kite Fiesta
For more information contact




Noongar Cultural Visit to Balijup Fauna Sanctuary

Focus on Goanna ( Karda) Survey at Balijup – 14 Dec 2017

On Thursday 14th December 2017 South Coast NRM joined forces with Green Skills to run a field-day focussing on Goanna (Karda) Trapping with Noongar people at Balijup Fauna Sanctuary.

Minang Elder Eugene Eades provided the Welcome to Country.

!8 people participated in the outing.  Termite mounds were inspected for evidence of past goanna egg laying.  A survey of about 25% of the 11ha Sanctuary was also carried out.


Photos bu Basil Schur
Photo below (left): Checking termite mounds for evidence of goanna diggings and past egg laying.
Photo below (right): Graeme Simpson shares his knowledge about Marri trees.

A Trip to the Abrolhos (Basil Schur)

 Jewels in the Indian Ocean: Reporting back from an environmental outing to the Abrolhos Islands

For four days in late November 2017, I was fortunate to be able to join in a trip to the Houtman Abrolhos islands, 80km off the coast of Geraldton, WA. I was a volunteer on an environmental outing organised through the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute or BCMI (linked to the Durack TAFE college in Geraldton), and the Conservation Council of WA.


Photo below: Maryke Gray, Biodiversity Coordinator, with planted Mangrove seedlings in a rehabilitation and Lesser Noddy nesting site on the Abrolhos
Photo by Basil Schur

Women Embracing Leadership in our South West

It is exciting to see women taking the lead in many different forms in their professional and personal lives. The recent Women in Leadership Workshops in Bunbury Western Australia were testament to the many diverse roles women play in regional and rural communities, and the relevance of relational and life-affirming leadership styles.

With a cross section of women from state and local government departments, community organisations, utilities providers and independent business owners the workshops sparked some lively and vulnerable story-sharing. Among all these stories we do find common paths as women. As leaders, current and emerging, we also realise that leadership skills are as relevant at work as they are in the community, at home and in many of our other daily relationships.


Photos below: Women in leadership workshops Bunbury Decenber 2017.
Photos by: Dawn Atkin

Sew Cool!  Making a Difference: Workshops & Markets

It was a bright and colourful scene at the Sew Cool! sewing workshops. Community members of all ages came along to learn how to pick through old discarded clothing and piece together some funky new styles.

A table stacked with delightful old clothes, table clothes and doilies for attendees to pick through and create their own masterpieces. A section devoted to the buzz of sewing machines, lots of laughs and story sharing. Creativity and periods of ín-the-zone’ focus filled the main workshop room at the Denmark Community Resource Centre.


Photos below: Left and right - creative workshops and preparing for the market.
Photos by: Dawn Atkin

 Albany Community Development Enterprise Centre

Green Skills Albany has been busy in 2017 extending their office building to create a large community space that will be available for hire by community groups and individuals to run workshops, life skills classes and community events. Pictured above is Diane Evers, former Green Skills state manager, who had the vision for this project and secured the funding, standing on the site of the demolished back rooms.

Several rooms were knocked down at the rear of the Albany office, the foundations were dug out deeply, soil replaced, and the building brought up to the same level as the rest of the rooms before the new building began to take shape. We also gained a universal access toilet and some neater storage spaces inside our shed building.

We are so excited about using this spacious, well-equipped kitchen and area.


Photos below: Left and right - 
Photos by: Rachel Pontin

Weedy Wattles Project Smells Like Two-stroke

Green Skills Inc staff Rosie Smith, Aaron Banks and Dylan Lehmann were out and about at Montgomery’s Hill vineyard near Albany last week, giving a large stand of Sydney golden wattle some much-needed chainsaw therapy. Ably assisted by the vineyard’s new owner and his family, the team worked hard to clear a wattle infestation threatening remnant bushland on the property. Getting on top of this infestation is especially important as the vineyard is situated next to high conservation value vegetation in Bakers Junction nature reserve and along the Kalgan river. Top marks to the vineyard owners for taking the initiative to control Albany’s worst weed!

This was the last on-ground wattle control work for 2017, there will be plenty more busy bees and general wattle-bashing continuing in the new year.


Photos below: the Weedy Wattle Crew 
Photos by: Rosie Smith 

International Day of People with Disability 2017

What a great way to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2017! 

The theme for this year’s IDPwD could have been written just for Green Skills: “transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

How fabulous to be invited by the City of Melville to deliver one of our nature-based programs for people with disability, with WA Birds of Prey.

What did the audience think?


Photo below: participants enjoying the up close interaction with birds and their carers. 
Photo by: Annabelle Newbury 

Get Your Christmas
Toilet Paper


Each roll is wrapped with colourful festive paper, designed by artists. You can reuse the wrappers for Christmas gift wrap or lots of other uses.

50% of the profits from Who Gives A Crap goes towards building toilets in third world countries, the toilet paper rolls are plastic free and it’s an Australian company.


Drop into Green Skills Albany by Dec 22nd for your festive fun! Available in 100% bamboo or standard recycled paper. Albany office hours are 9-3 weekdays.

Giving Back To Country; The special place of  Chingarrup and Corackerup in Gondwana Link
Lake Muir  - Unicup Wetlands

Gondwana Link's Hidden Treasure in WA's Southern Forests

Gondwana Link- Connecting Our Heritage
Gondwana Panorama Community Arts Project
Eco-Art in Denmark WA
Gondwana Connections Art Exhibition

Reconnecting Country- Lynne and Ken Tinley’s art piece

Sustainable Living Fair & Expo 2017

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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.

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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.




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