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Photo Image: Green Skills Denmark Wetlands Centre in Winter. Photo by Anala Linkens

Cold and wet time of the year
(fertility season) June - July

Makaru is considered the coldest and wettest time of the year. As the waterways and catchments started to fill, Noongar were able to move about their country with ease and thus their food sources changed from sea, estuarine and lake foods to those of the lands in particular the grazing animals such as the kangaroo.



Photo above:  Artwork on display at the Manjimup Art Gallery where the Gondwana Connection Arts and Photographic exhibition is being hosted.   Photo by Basil Schur

Green Skills Gondwana Connection Exhibition Opening and Landcare Forum in Manjimup 
On Monday 16th July, Green Skills held a landcare forum at the Manjimup Art Gallery to open the Gondwana Connections Arts and Photographic exhibition.

The event was co-sponsored by Gondwana Link and the Warren Catchments Council.  It provided an opportunity to show case the wonderful art and photographic work completed in recent years by both Noongar and Wadjella artists, as well as highlighting the value of Gondwana and its long term vision of reconnected country. 

Appreciations go to an excellent team of local volunteers who helped install the Exhibition. This included : Fay Dunstan, Anna Czerkasow, Julian Sharp, Arlen Sharp, Sharon Rose and Kimberley Rose. Shire of Manjimup Gallery and Library staff including Rhiannon Raper and Vanda Dei-Tos were very supportive as well.

If you are interested in finding out about this Art Exhibition please give Basil Schur a call.  Contact our Green Skills Denmark office 9848 3310  or email us

More details on the BLOG - HERE)

The Gondwana Connections Exhibition is open to the public in Manjimup
The  Waterbirds Photographic Exhibition is open to the public in Walpole  

May to August 2018
 Walpole CRC
Green Skills Wetland Waterbirds Photographic Exhibition Opens In Walpole to promote Wetland Awareness and Conservation
This Green Skills exhibition displays 5 large panels featuring the species of ducks, geese and grebes that occur in the South West of WA. While some are familiar to everyone, others are rarely seen and are in crucial need of habitat protection and other conservation measures.
Fourteen of the waterbird species shown were taken by Dick Walker, and one by Tony Peterson. Both are keen south coast bird watchers and photographers.
The exhibition forms part of the Green Skills Gondwana Wetlands Conservation program. This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions as well as Lotterywest.
Check out the BLOG HERE

For further information contact  Basil Schur at Green Skills Denmark on 98483310 

Cloth Nappies are making a comeback - The Modern and Environmentally Responsible Choice!

Green Skills awarded funding to Educate the Educators about Modern Cloth Nappies

Sixteen WA organisations have secured funding from the Waste Authority to develop waste management projects that boost recycling and improve waste management practices.
Green Skills project, to supply modern cloth nappy kits and training to hospital antenatal educators, is a continue-on of a 2017 project educating Child Health Nurses and Early Parenting Groups.
Full list of funded projects and media statement here
If you are a hospital midwife or Parent Educator, please email Aline at Murdoch Green Skills or phone 9360 6667. We will have 10 x Modern Cloth Nappy training kits to give away!
The Community and Industry Engagement program is designed to support organisations that champion better waste behaviours and community awareness and is administered by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
New YouTube films document cultural importance of two south coast wetlands

Green Skills has recently produced two short YouTube films documenting Noongar Elders, Carol Pettersen and Eugene Eades, visiting culturally significant wetlands east of Albany.The films were made by Frank Rijavec with assistance from Margaret Robertson. The films are based on a day’s outing led by Aunty Carol and Uncle Eugene, attended by Noongar family members and interested Wadjellas (non-Noongars)  to Moolyup Swamp ( Lake Pleasant View) near Manypeaks and Warriup Swamp (Mullocullup Nature Reserve) near Green Range.
The two films share knowledge about what makes these stunning wetlands special for Noongar people and culture.

These can be viewed at:
Warriup swamp..
Moolyup Swamp

 EVENTS coming up ...
Permaculture Spring Gathering (Albany)
10am  - 2pm Saturday 8th September

at Beryl Grant Community Centre, 31 Townsend Street, Lockyer
Powderbark Permaculture Albany is running this free Permaculture Gathering and workshop, bring a plate for a shared lunch.

Meet with Great Southern permies to discuss the direction of permaculture in our region. Bring your curiosity, questions, ideas, designs, ponderings, success stories, cuttings, surplus, challenges and enthusiasm for an interactive event discussing all things permaculture related in the Great Southern.

Open to everyone from newbies to permie pioneers. Come along for a great chat with like-minded people, brainstorming, intro to Non-Violent Communication and a problem-solving panel. All welcome.

Bookings via Eventbrite: or ring 9842 1334.


Upcoming Events at the

Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre
Green Skills, 38 Graham Street, Albany

Bone Broth Workshop  
with Joanna McCluskey
2-4 pm Saturday 25th August

Learn how to make yummy broth for good gut nutrition and kitchen economy.
$5 bookings essential: 9842 1334 or email us

Zero Waste Beauty Workshop,
6-7pm Wednesday 12th September 

Natural, simple, waste free recipes for body care.

Bunnies Sundowner:
rabbit control options for small landholders information session
5pm Thursday 26th July.  FREE EVENT

How effective is the current calicivirus? With Steve Edwards from Wild Things Animal Control Solutions and Henry Brockman from DPIRD.
Light refreshments provided. This event is run with South Coast NRM.

$5 Bookings essential: 9842 1334 or email us 

Wattle Busy Bee
Montgomery’s Hill Wines, Sunday 26th August.
Free feed for volunteers. Time TBC; book with Rosie 0401 578 002 or  email 

National Wattle Day
 1st September! If you’d like to help protect Albany’s beautiful bushland from invasive wattle species, get in touch with Rosie to find out where the action is: 0401 578 002 or  email  

Denmark Tip Shop
Photo by Bruce Carter
One  persons trash is another persons treasure.
It's all about perspective.

Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark.
Open Mon to Sat 12- 4pm and Sundays 9am - 1pm.
Denmark Weed Action Group:  Caring for Denmark’s Bushland for over 20 years

The Denmark Weed Action Group are gearing up for community events around Mount Hallowell Reserve (Denmark WA) this coming spring with a State NRM funded Community Action Grant “Protecting the Conservation Values of Mount Hallowell”, supported by the Shire of Denmark.

Mount Hallowell Reserve, known for its beautiful walks, spectacular views, and as a feature in the Denmarkian landscape, is also identified as having outstanding conservation values including as an outlier in Gondwana Link.

The planned field days and information sessions are an opportunity for nearby residents, interested community members and botanically skilled individuals to participate in the project.

More details coming soon!

Contact the DWAG via the Denmark Environment Centre Shop, Strickland Street, Denmark.

Plastic Free Living
Green Skills Albany welcomed Rebecca Prince-Ruiz from Plastic Free July  earlier this month to share her story of how she founded Plastic Free July and how to refuse single use plastic for a month. The  Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre was packed to capacity with community members keen to learn how to reduce their waste.

There's still time to join in. Check out the Plastic Free July website for how to pledge, tips to get started, answers to common dilemmas, resources, information about plastic issues and more.

Rachel Pontin from Green Skills shared some local Great Southern resources including her blog Shoe String Sustainability, and a list of other groups and places to shop.
Get your PLASTIC FREE Local resources Kit HERE

What do people think of our Beeswax Wraps workshops?
It was another fun Beeswax Wraps Workshop at Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre on Saturday. Thank you to my fabulous, creative group!
We always ask for feedback, so here is some to share …

“It was fabulous. Now we can make our own!”
“Much better than reading about it!”
“Everything was well explained. Very enjoyable”
“Practical way to stop using so much single use plastic”
“Everything was supplied and great company at our table”
“Aline was lovely, approachable and knowledgeable”
“I now know how to make the wraps and can show others”
Showing others is a great  idea! 


Get Our Recipe and give it a go HERE

For more details or a quote for Green Skills to run this popular workshop, contact Aline Brion by EMAIL or 9360 6667.


Citizen Science Fauna Weekend at Balijup, near Cranbrook, Western Asutralia

Green Skills just completed a productive fauna surveying weekend at Balijup farm near Cranbrook. This Green Skills and Conservation Council of WA event had 15 participants join in range of activities including Quenda (Bandicoot ) andBrush tailed possum monitoring in the Balijup eco-Sanctuary, bird surveying inside and outside the fenced Sanctuary, Phascogale monitoring on the Horrock’s farm near the Stirlings, and checking of Phascogale nesting boxes at Balijup. Frank Riijavek and Margaret Robertson undertook some documentary filming during the weekend for Gondwana Link.
Thanks to Merryn Pryor and Joe Porter for providing the wildlife management expertise, for all the volunteers for helping, to the Hordacre family for allowing us to use the homestead and property, to Parks and Wildlife Service, UWA (Albany) and Bush Heritage Australia for technical assistance. Phill Horrocks enthusiastically permitted fauna monitoring on his farm near Cranbrook.

You can read the Blog-post HERE

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. Acknowledgement also to support by the Conservation Council of WA, the Gillamii Centre, and Gondwana Link Ltd.
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 *  * Warriup swamp

NEW *  * Moolyup Swamp
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

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.

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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.

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