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Arts and Parts - Denmark Tip Shop Treasures
Photo credit:  Marion Henderson (Geographe Photographic Group)


New Green Skills YouTube Video Link on Cranbrook Lakes and Shorebird conservation

Birds on the Edge: 
The Salt Lakes around Cranbrook, north of the iconic Stirling Range National Park, are one of WA's hidden treasures. This 7 minute YouTube film shows how the Cranbrook community and landholders are taking action to conserve these lakes, for the benefit of their prolific birdlife.
Farmers, working with community groups, The Gillamii Centre and Green Skills,  and other supporters and volunteers, are fencing and rehabilitating the foreshores of their Salt Lakes, helping threatened shorebirds such as the Hooded Plover. The Cranbrook Primary School is also playing its part in helping building greater knowledge and support for these precious wetlands.
Special thanks in helping produce this film goes to Sandy Hope, Tony Peterson, John Chandler,  the Lehmann Family, Geraldine and Steve Janicke, Graham Jones, Cameron Williamson, Anne Bondin, Brad Kneebone, Marcus Singor, Graeme Bradshaw, Rhonda Carnegie, Karina Bateman, Wendy Bradshaw, and staff, parents and students of the Cranbrook Primary School.
The Gondwana Wetlands North Stirling Lakes project has been supported by the following organisations: Green Skills, The Gillamii Centre, The Koorabup Trust, Birdlife Australia, Gondwana Link Ltd, Greening Australia, The WA Government’s Natural Resource Management Program,  South Coast NRM and the Australia’s Government’s National Landcare Program,  Steve and Geraldine Janicke, and the International Living Lakes Network.
This film was created by Earthrise Productions and produced by Green Skills Inc. For further information contact Basil Schur at the Green Skills Denmark office on 98483310 or by
A Green Skills blog post on this YouTube release is at
 GREEN SKILLS EVENTS coming up ...


Sydney golden wattle busy bee on Sunday 2nd of Dec from 3pm at 372 Gardiner Rd, North Walpole.

Hang around for a chat afterwards with Jess Beckerling, Rosie Smith and the team!

The invasive wattle is threatening old growth high conservation value bushland on a beautiful property near Mount Frankland National Park. Come along and help get this outlier infestation under control! If there's enough interest Green Skills will organise a shuttle bus from Denmark and back.

What to bring: appropriate clothing, secateurs or handsaw if you have them, water, sense of adventure.
What is provided: food, tea and coffee, extra water, spare tools and heaps of smiles.

RSVP by Friday Nov 30th for catering to Rosie Smith at Green Skills on email or 0401 578002.
Seeya there crew!
FOOD FIGHTER : One Woman's Crusade Against Waste
Green Skills Inc. brings you this special screening of Food Fighter on Monday the 11th February 6pm at Orana Cinemas Albany, WA!

Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004. Filmed over two years and across four continents, ‘Food Fighter’ follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding big business and the government to account in Australia.

PLEASE NOTE: Enough tickets must be sold to ensure this screening goes ahead, if it doesn't happen those funds will be refunded - no one loses out! To buy tickets, click on the event

This event is supported by the
Waste Authority of Western Australia.

When is the next "Not Waste Festival"?

The next Not Waste Festival will be held in the Denmark Civic Centre 
April 5th - 7th, 2019.

What happened to Art Not Waste?
Art not waste has been so popular that we decided to expand it to include reuse, repair, upcycling and well anything that helps divert and or reduce landfill. Not Waste festival is about more involvement from community, with all kinds of workshops leading up to and during the event.

How do I get involved?  

To get involved please just go to the Green Skills Website Festival Page and click on the link for the appropriate form. If you are having trouble filling the form please email James, the festival organiser.

Golden memoires at the Tip Shop
Photo credit:  Wendy Gibb  (Geographe Photographic Group)
Book this great space for your next workshop and meeting event - Contact Rachel or Anne at Green Skills Albany 9842 1334
Denmark Tip Shop
Come celebrate with us at the Denmark Tip Shop to say a big thank you to our volunteers, staff and Tip Shop supporters. 
Join us for a BBQ lunch at 1pm - 3pm on Sunday 2nd December 2018.
Please RSVP to the Denmark Green Skills office on
9848 3310 or email Basil or Helen
Open for business - clothes and building materials galore
Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark.
Open Monday to Saturday 12- 4pm
and Sundays 9am - 1pm.
Springtime at the Tip Shop!
Photo credit : Wendy Gibb (Geographe Photographic Group)


Ecojobs Murdoch News

Kevin celebrates his 60th!

Kevin Toovey started work for Green Skills in the Murdoch office in January 2008 and in the 10+ years he has been with us – except for a year’s stint as a volunteer in Namibia between in 2011-2012 – he has worked to make our social enterprise Ecojobs Environmental Personnel a huge success.

Kevin has worked with hundreds of young Ecojobs casuals over the years to provide them with paid work and help them to develop their skills and networks and increase their chances of getting permanent work in the environmental industry.

Kevin’s work with Green Skills has been enormously beneficial during the past decade and we acknowledge the very positive contribution he continues to make to Green Skills and wish him a very happy birthday.

Sewing with Scraps for Christmas
Green Skills Sewing with Scraps workshop was a big hit at the City of Cockburn’s Sustainable Christmas Expo on Sunday 25th November.  Presenter extraordinaire Jude Ludlam showed participants how to create wreaths and trees from wire coat hangers and material scraps and gave lots of fun ideas for making Christmas decorations using recycled materials and bric-a-brac items.
Participants ranged in age and experience, and everyone enjoyed creating interesting items while helping to minimise waste.  Many agreed it was a great way to spend an afternoon away from mobile phones and screens.
Four Tips For A Fun Christmas
At our Albany Community Enterprise Community Centre last Friday on the 23rd November 2018, a group of ladies met at Green Skills Albany to eat, play, create and talk Christmas. The holiday season in Australia is also peak season for spending, food waste and stress. Attendees went home with lots of ideas to reduce waste and stress and increase fun and resilience. Here are four ideas to stay out of debt and buy less stuff this year:

Tip one: beautiful gift wrapping with fabric instead of paper means you don’t need tape or string, and you can either reuse the fabric year after year or include it as part of the present. Try searching on YouTube if you don’t understand the how-to diagrams! You won’t need ribbons either, because these wraps are so pretty. Find scarves and other fabric squares at your local op shop (or the back of your cupboard!). If you need a gift tag, a simple gum leaf with recipient’s name in texta looks great.
Tip two: simple recipes using homegrown, local or plastic-free food (and then cooking the leftovers and composting the scraps) will reduce your environmental impact and your stress levels. 
Tip three: use biodegradable decorations like pinecones, rosemary sprigs, evergreens from eucalyptus to bottlebrush, red flowers, popcorn or paper. Put it in the compost or worm farm when it’s too tatty to use again. Hang them on a real tree like an Albany Woolly Bush (pictured), pine or eucalyptus branch, a stick or pallet tree.
Tip four: sit down with friends or kids and have a crafternoon making paper chains, Star Wars snowflakespaper doves, beading, paper lanterns and other Christmas crafts. Many of these will last for several seasons. Making things together reduces your stress levels and is more meaningful than bought decorations. 
May you have a meaningful, connected and joyful festive season this year.

This workshop was supported by the City of Albany and the Waste Authority of WA.
Bernard at Green Skills Albany Ecojobs has been taking casual staff, including students on school holidays, to sites around Albany to trial a new method of Senecio glastifolius eradication that uses less fossil fuel and transport of plant material. Plants are piled into a mound on-site, covered with black plastic and weighed down with branches. This is left to solarise and kill the copious seed in the hot damp mound.

Albany Ecojobs staff will return in several months to check on the progress of the decomposition and remove the plastic when necessary.

For more information contact Green Skills Albany Ecojobs on 9842 1334

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
The #foodisfree cart has been busy. Staff and community members can drop off or pick up excess local garden produce here for free. Drop into Green Skills Albany during business hours 9-3 weekdays at 38 Graham Street Albany to see what’s on offer or keep an eye on our Facebook page.

Have a look at our
FACEBOOK page for a list of events.


NEW *  Birds on the Edge: WA's Cranbrook community helping threatened shorebirds
Green Skills YouTube Video Link on Cranbrook Lakes and Shorebird conservation

NEW *  * Warriup swamp

NEW *  * Moolyup Swamp


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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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.

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