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Photo above:  Green Skills Albany Work for the Dole (WFD) crew have been planting seedlings. (Photo by Rachel Pontin)

Work For The Dole: Wicking Beds
Work For The Dole participants have built seven self-watering wicking beds out of recycled IBCs during their time at the Albany office, as well as four upcycled garden beds made from pallet wood.

Wicking beds provide a constant moisture level to plants from an underground reservoir, which will hopefully allow the Albany office staff to grow vegetables even while staff are away on long weekends.

Watch our Facebook page for notification of free garden produce on our #foodisfree cart (currently offering chokoes) during weekday office hours.

Photo above: WFD participants and Supervisor Mat Kirkman  popping some seedlings in to the new 'wicking beds' at the Albany Green Skills office. (Photoby Rachel Pontin)
 
LATEST NEWS 
Green Skills Strategic Planning,
Governance and Compliance 2018

 
This project will provide capacity for Green Skills to conduct a mid-way review of their strategic plan, update their Work Health and Safety compliance, and organisational policies and procedures. This will enable the organisation to continue developing partnerships and delivering on-ground conservation and community engagement activities.
 
Laura Bird, State Manager, says: “Green Skills delivers a wide variety of activities targeting and supporting the community with a focus on disadvantaged persons. Improving our Work Health and Safety documents and practices and reviewing our strategic plan will assist us to continue to support the community and the environment, whilst looking after our valuable workers and volunteers.”
 (Project supported by $8640 Community Capability Grant from State NRM)
 
 

Eradicating Senecio glastifolius in Albany 2018
 
Senecio glastifolius is an Albany-based weed that Green Skills has been targeting for eradication. Green Skills will work with the community and build on partnerships with the City of Albany, Dept of Agriculture and Food WA and DPaW to conduct 800ha on-ground Senecio eradication and monitoring activities, including up to date mapping.
 
Anne Sparrow, Albany Office Manager, says: “Senecio is localised to the Albany region only at this stage. It is not often we have the opportunity to prevent a weed from escaping. Often is the case that spread becomes regionalized quickly and the work required becomes unachievable. This project provides the opportunity to prevent the weed from regionalising itself.”
(Project Supported by $28 000 State NRM Community Action Grant:)
 

Protecting Torndirrup National Park
from Sydney Golden Wattle 2018
 
Green Skills will work with the community and build on partnerships with tree plantations, the City of Albany and DPaW to conduct 600ha invasive wattle control and monitoring activities, busy bees and publications including mapping and flyers for events such a National Wattle Day. We aim to control the spread of Sydney Golden Wattle through empowering the community with training and improved knowledge to identify and treat Sydney Golden Wattle. We will reduce the impact of volunteer burnout with the provision of manpower and expertise support.
 
Rosie Smith, Weedy Wattle Coordinator, says: “Sydney Golden Wattle seed is viable for over 10 years. Following up on previously treated sites is imperative to achieving control. This grant will help Greek Skills to engage the community and private landholders in on-ground action. Supporting our wonderful volunteers is one of our priorities!”
(Project supported by $45 000 State NRM Community Action Grant.)

OTHER EVENTS coming up ...
Weedy Wattle Community
Busy Bee

 
Monday 7th May
 113 Rainbows End, Littlegrove 
9.30am to 12.20pm  


Morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Please bring gloves and water bottle.
Tools will be provided but if you want to bring your own that’s fine.

 

This property has been chosen for a community busy bee because the owners have been doing their best to get on top of the Sydney wattle but regrowth is getting away towards the front of the property. 

Recent property visits by Green Skills in this area have shown that our efforts to control Sydney wattle are making a big difference – and with recent State NRM funding and community support we’ve got a real chance to get on top of it in the Littlegrove area.

Contact Rosie Smith by email or leave a message at the Albany Office on 9842 1334 if you’d like to pop along. 

Please forward the invitation onto anyone you think might be keen to join us.

 

Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival 2018
It's a WRAP

The 2018 Festival was a multi-venue event involving independent event holders around the region. The program included many diverse family friendly events and activities managed by Green Skills and other independently organised events in the region.

Additional program activities for the Fair & EXPO and associated Bird Festival and environment events resulted in more than 50 activities, events, talks, demonstrations and workshops available for locals and visitors to the region during this time.
 
As a regional/rural event the second Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival promoted and showcased the potential of sustainable lifestyles and the dynamic natural environment of the south coast of Western Australia.
 

The festival attracted a good range of sponsorship and financial support from government agencies and local businesses.

With approximately 5,500 participants and associates, including lots of new partnerships and collaborations, the festival delivered excellent value socially, culturally, environmentally for the region.
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People from many walks of life participated in the festival program including: 
  • Residents from across Great Southern Region
  • Families interested in more meaningful and sustainable lifestyles
  • People new to region and intending to purchase, build or renovate
  • Home renovators, builders, architects
  • People on low incomes looking to save on living expense
  • People interested in green technologies and sustainable futures
  • Visitors to the region interested in birds, biodiversity and the natural and cultural resources of the region


The program consisted of 39 key programmed events. Key events included:
 
The FESTIVAL Launch night was supported by Great Southern Development Commission and the Great Southern Film Harvest and Greenman media. There were 150 attendees.  (Screen- Seeds mini-film-festival.)
 
Screen Seeds The Launch included a screening of the inaugural ‘Screen Seeds’ – a micro -film festival of Great Southern-made short films all bout innovation, culture, food and fun. Hosted by Great Southern Film harvest, created by Greenman Media.
 
The Festival Keynote Event, Eat the City presented but Sustain Food network. A provocative lock-in style participatory workshop centred upon the fictional (but entirely possible)  premise that the food supply chain to the great Southern  region has broken down, exploring  our communities  responses and creative solutions to the food crisis.
 
The South Coast Festival of Birds a comprehensive themed feature of the Festival program featured many events hosted by independent groups and included exhibitions, workshops, field trips.
 
The Sustainable Living Expo & Fair had a further comprehensive program of activities that included interactive workshops, speakers, demonstrations and tours. An estimated 1,000 people attended through the day.
 
The range of opportunities for people to engage in their local environment and community were all very well attended. We had a great time this year and look forward to more of the same in the future. 

If you are interested in participating in the future Festival (2019), please keep a look out in a news letter for invitation for event holders and supporters in the coming month.

Yes - we are already planning next year. :-)

Thanks to everybody involved. 
A final shout out to our supporters and sponsors
All the Best, 
The Festival Team 
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Have a look at our
FACEBOOK page for a list of events.


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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.
Recent BLOG POSTS

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How to Switch to Cloth Nappies, when All You Know is Disposables


Cloth Nappies have moved into the modern era! And Green Skills Perth have been busy showing them (and their vintage, terry-square cousin) off to young Cockburn families.

But, how do you get started with cloth, when you are already comfy with disposables?

1- Start with 1 nappy (#StartWithOneNappy). The simplest nappies, most similar to disposables, are All In One nappies that fasten with velcro.

2- Trial packs. Cloth nappy retailers often sell discounted trial packs to get you started.

3- Buy second hand. Try Gumtree or Facebook Modern Cloth Nappy groups. It’s a cheap and easy way to start with a bang!

4- Read up on how to clean your nappies. With a washing machine and a basket or bin for your nappies, you are all set!

5- Find a friend. This one’s optional. You can do it on your own, but I reckon having a friend who cloth-nappies-too is key.

READ MORE HERE
 


Senecio Glastifolius Eradication in the Albany Region Final Report

 

The Senecio Glastifolius Eradication in the Albany Region project was extremely fortunate to have been delivered during the time of the federally funded Green Army program. This provided capacity and a fantastic opportunity to effectively mass-involve youth, at least 104 participants contributing over 36,000 hours, in 1777 hectares of weed monitoring and control program continuously for the projects duration in late 2016 to late 2017.

READ MORE HERE
 

The Denmark Wetlands Centre

The Denmark Wetlands Centre is an  8-hectare wetland rehabilitation site on Atkinson Road, Denmark, WA.

The Wetlands Centre is a shining example of an integrated biodiversity and farm forestry planting, with a range of tree species.

Local species can be seen around the edge of the wetland, including Karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) and River Banksia (Banksia semi-nuda). Further, around in the buffer area a range of eastern states eucalyptus including Eucalyptus saligna, botryoides and grandis have been included along with local timber species, Blackbutt (Eucalyptus patens).

In addition to the physical restoration of the land itself, the vision for the site aims at making the Denmark Wetland Centre a major site for attracting and engaging community members and citizen scientists. This is to be achieved by linking demonstration wetland sites and activities with broader educational and cultural objectives.

It's a very special place to visit. There is a lovely boardwalk over the Wetland area, magnificent ancient flakey paperbarks and a modern bird-hide to watch our feathered friends.

READ MORE HERE
 



GREENSKILLS YOUTUBE Links 
 
 
Giving Back To Country; The special place of  Chingarrup and Corackerup in Gondwana Link
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjC2QZKCjeY
 
Lake Muir  - Unicup Wetlands

Gondwana Link's Hidden Treasure in WA's Southern Forests
https://youtu.be/qZcDcaqNWug
 

Gondwana Link- Connecting Our Heritage
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrIguLdEIwY
 
Gondwana Panorama Community Arts Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKrV-6MVJQo
 
Eco-Art in Denmark WA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF49Fcjcr64&feature=youtu.be
 
Gondwana Connections Art Exhibition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV0wNEiUs3I
 

Reconnecting Country- Lynne and Ken Tinley’s art piece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3OlLWkgMOYBasil
 

Sustainable Living Fair & Expo 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rLV0nR3gE4
 

TERRACYCLE PROGRAM -
The Details



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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