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LATEST NEWS 
Wildlife Experiences coming to the Town of Victoria Park
 
Thanks to a grant from the Town of Victoria Park, Green Skills will bring wildlife to people living with a disability and their carers in 2019
Our Green Skills Murdoch program of nature-based activities is delivered in conjunction with local wildlife providers WA Birds of Prey and Radical Reptiles. Interactive sessions focus on conservation, wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. Participants also have opportunities to handle the wildlife if they wish –a truly amazing experience to witness!

Events are free of charge and run as a benevolent community project. To book an event for your organisation, contact Aline at Green Skills Murdoch by email or phone: 9360 6667.

EVENT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Denmark Tip Shop has been helping to reduce landfill being generated at the Denmark Arts Markets. By comparison of last years markets we are going amazingly well. The compost was almost contaminant free which is wonderful! The other two bins (landfill and recycling) were pretty bad there is a lot of confusion around dirty paper plates and cardboard. These are not recycled and just end up contaminating more paper with food scraps.
Huge thanks to Denmark Arts for leading the way and moving towards a plastic free market in Denmark. Also the amazing Plastic Free Denmark Mob for their ineradicable cup washing station so much less landfill it was inspiring.
The Tip Shop ended up with 6 wheelie bins of compost, 1 recycling bin and half a bin of landfill from the customers of the market. So well done everyone.

If you are planning an event please give James at Green Skills Denmark a call on 98483310 and we can help you come closer to zero waste.


Waste Sorting Fairies Urgently Needed for Future Denmark Markets
An urgent call to all Waste Fairy Volunteers out there:  Please contact
James Gentle, Green Skills Denmark office 98483310
 
 GREEN SKILLS EVENTS coming up ...

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

Book now for the special screening of Food Fighter on Monday the 11th February 6pm at Orana Cinemas Albany, WA!
The film will commence at 6pm sharp, so please arrive at least 15 minutes before to take your seats.

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 link: https://fan-force.com/screenings/food-fighter-orana-cinema-albany/?fbclid=IwAR1TNrUKY3i5rZ6V3edhj5saNdTtsWrAh0n_YlahhFJVRl6H1083IjZmJqI Currently, we need to sell 29 more tickets or the event will not run! We’re halfway there - please invite your friends!
This event is supported by the Waste Authority of Western Australia
Photo Credit: Bruce Carter

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.

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
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.

Check out the long root system that the plant develops to deal with growing in nutrient poor soils and coastal sands (photo above).

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 Rachel at 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.


FACEBOOK/GREENSKILLSINC/EVENTS
 


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=vmc_lDkv184

NEW *  * Moolyup Swamp     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3EkVjZNni0
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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

 


BIG GREEN THANKS

TO OUR FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS 
 
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 Regards
Green Skills Team
Murdoch | Albany |Denmark
Western Australia

 


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