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June 2019 
Mid Winter Celebrations and News


Green Skills Albany Weedy Wattle Project 

The wrap-up weedy wattle busy bee for Green Skills’ Torndirrup Wattle Project was held in June, with three staff and three volunteers cleaning up more wattles at Grove Park Golf Links. Repeated treatment at this location has made a big difference to the amount of wattle in the area, right next to the valuable bushland of Torndirrup National Park.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, many of whom have attended multiple busy bees. The Sydney golden wattle is just budding up to flower now, so keep an eye out for blazing yellow wattles over the next month or two to help you identify areas in need of treatment. Simply pull out small seedlings (look for double-veined leaves), handsaw saplings or contact Green Skills for treatment options for larger trees.
The Slow Fashion Festival was a great success! Albany folk flocked to Fossicker’s Shed, behind the Hanrahan Road tip shop, for a winter festival dedicated to showcasing local slow fashion options. A clothes swap table was very popular, both the darning and hand-dying workshops were well attended, and the volunteer models rocked the catwalk in handmade, organic or secondhand outfits. Thanks to all our stallholders, staff, presenters and volunteers that helped bring this event together.
New Hino Truck for Ecojobs Perth
A recent purchase has our Ecojobs staff excited. The new Hino truck arrived in March and the staff have been making the most of a quiet April to get the truck ready to go for the busy months ahead.
Complete with new tool box in the tray, it has also been fitted with a 2200ltr water tank, motor and hose reel – perfect for the upcoming winter planting jobs and ready for tree watering and weed control later in the year.
Dreamcatchers and Driftwood Mobiles with an upcycled twist

Pictured: a happy participant of Coogee Live – the City of Cockburn’s seaside festival.
Sewing with Scraps workshop takes a seaside theme, with shells, driftwood and of course, fabric scraps.

Adding to Jude’s box of recycled supplies – part-balls of wool, op shop ribbons, wire hangers – participants choose to make either a dreamcatcher or a mobile. This sustainability workshop teaches children, teens and adults how to breathe new life into unwanted clothes and craft supplies, and create something beautiful.

To bring this workshop to your organisation or environmental education centre, contact the Green Skills Perth office on 9360 6667 or email Aline

The Green Skills Sustainable Community Festival Committee would like to thank all their volunteers for your hard work, time, experience and dedication to assisting the 2019 event being such a success.
Without the contributions of all the volunteers, events such as the Community Festival would not happen.  Whether it was helping on the day, being part of the committee or just sharing your experience and knowledge in the lead up to and including the event, it takes all of the contributors to be part of the team.
Current statistics estimate volunteerism injects $39 billion dollars into our economy and communities. Your efforts are a part of that statistic.
Volunteers were treated to a cheese sundowner and future planning session and a movie ticket with funding support form Lotterywest and VolunteeringWA.
Green Skills AGM and the 2019/20 Committee:
Chairperson’s Report:
Read by Rhonda Williams, which is contained within the 2018 Annual Report 
The report highlights projects and opportunities in the year and addresses appreciation for staff, Board Members and other partners. Rhonda highlighted Ecojobs, Landcare projects to revegetate, restore and rehabilitate, Education and Engagement Programs, Festivals such as the Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival, Art not Waste Festival, Festival of Birds, Hands on workshops, Community Engagement Activities, Expos, continuing conservation works at Balijup Fauna Sanctuary, continuing works with the iconic Gondwana Link programme,  Arts  projects, Field trips and Busybees. She also highlighted the following:
• Ecojobs ensured that a financial surplus was achieved in 2018, with the Perth arm of this workforce being awarded “Preferred Supplier for Parks and Gardens” with the WA Local Government Association. (WALGA)
• The Tip Shop, managed by Green Skills in Denmark, continues to offer a valuable service to the community of Denmark, and to the many visitors who make it a destination stop, for reducing waste, reusing and recycling where possible.   
• The opening of the Green Skills Albany Community Development Enterprise Centre in March 2018 by Diane Evers MP which has provided a space or many meetings and workshops for the community.
•  A major overhaul and upgrade in our IT systems thanks to a Lotterywest grant,
• A continued focus on the Work Health and Safety of our employees, engaging external consultants where necessary.
Rhonda recognised all the Denmark staff that retired last year thanking them for their contribution and commitment and for working towards making Green Skills the organisation it is today. She welcomed Nicole Robinson as the new Finance Manager.
Rhonda noted that last year we farewelled two longstanding committee members, Dale Fewings who joined the Board in 2010 and Peter Burgess who joined in 2012. Rhonda paid tribute to her fellow Board Members for their commitment, expertise and dedication to the governance of Green Skills.
Upcoming Events
Thanks to a grant from the Waste Authority, Green Skills has been training local Parent Educators how to use  modern cloth nappies, and provided nearly all Perth’s maternity hospitals with an Antenatal Cloth Nappy Demo kit. 
The kits contain a range of cloth nappies plus info on how to wash them (same as washing clothes) and some environmental mythbusting (let there be no confusion: reusable trumps disposable).  If you’re having a baby in Perth, you can check out cloth (and disposable) nappies at these hospitals:
Armadale Health Service
Joondalup Health Campus
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
The Family Birth Centre (King Edward Memorial Hospital)
St John of God Hospital, Midland
St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
St John of God Hospital, Mt Lawley
St John of God Hospital, Subiaco
Glengarry Private Hospital
Osborne Park Hospital
If you would like to book a cloth nappy demo for your organisation or join our Cloth Nappy Project,
contact Aline in the office 9360 6667 or on email – Aline
This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

The Green Skills Denmark Tip Shop is committed to diverting the maximum quantity of materials form landfill as possible.

The Tip Shop achieves this by a variety of means.

  • Collection and resale of usable items.
  • Degassing of fridges and air conditioners.
  • Non ferrous metal salvage.
  • Found object  art
  • Innovative clothing restoration.
  • Worm farms
  • Junk music
  • Repair and re imagining of broken items
  • Waste education
  • Not Waste Festival
  • and every day there's something new-old to discover at the Denmark Tip Shop
Green Skills Denmark is a proud supporter of
PLASTIC REDUCTION DENMARK and is assisting with their New WASH STATION TRAILER - The Denmark Wash Station Trailer is available for hire, please contact Green Skills Denmark office 98483310
Register now for the 2019 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference

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