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November 2019 
Gathering and Growing Community Engagement

Group photo of Green Skills Board of Management and permanent staff at the October Inservice gathering and workshop held in Albany WA.

Green Skills holds our organisational inservice meeting in Albany WA

Staff from the three Green Skills offices (Perth, Denmark and Albany) and Board members traveled to Albany to participate in the Green Skills Inservice meeting on 24-25 October. We used this as an opportunity to reflect on the changes both internally and externally that has taken place for the organisation, and what this has meant for our staff. We explored how Green Skills staff play very important roles individually, and when working effectively together we can achieve amazing things.
 
Three key themes we focused on were:

  • Understanding the different roles played by staff and providing an opportunity for everyone to exchange ideas across different offices and work spaces.
  • Understanding different communication styles throughout our team and to value each style for what it offers to the organisation as a whole. This then led us into sharing office storyboards that showcased what is important to each office, providing an opportunity for each office to show appreciation and provide feedback to the other offices.
  • Understanding leadership qualities; illustrating that everyone has the ability to be a leader within Green Skills, that not all leaders are out in front, but some of the most effective leaders, lead from behind.

The most consistent feedback we received after the inservice from staff was how they valued the opportunity to meet and talk with all staff and Board members, and to learn more about them as ‘people’. This provides the essential element for success – trust.  With trust staff feel safe to take a risk and voice their ideas, while also being able to listen to all feedback both positive and negative so we can ensure we get the best possible outcome, not just for Green Skills but also our Community and Environment.

Photo: Louise Duxbury with Geoff Evans of the Denmark Environment Centre 
Conservation Council of WA 2019 Annual Conference held in Perth at Bibra Lake Steiner School: Building Strong Communities Ready for Action
Louise Duxbury of Green Skills was a speaker at the recent Conservation Council of WA 2019 annual conference: Building Strong Communities Ready for Action with a presentation entitled “Harnessing the power of local networks - The Denmark community’.  Louise outlined the importance of the not for profit sector in driving positive change and the many projects Green Skills and the other groups in Denmark have run, based on collaboration. 

Green Skills Denmark works closely with the Denmark Environment Centre, Denmark Arts, Denmark Community Resource Centre, Chamber of Commerce, Denmark Weed Action Group, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, Denmark Community Windfarm, Plastic Free Denmark, Koorabup Denmark, Denmark Bird Group and the Shire Council.  It was great to have a chance to share the great work being done in the face of so many environmental challenges that are amplified through climate change into the future.  Working together is essential in the face of those challenges.
Waste Authority WA funds Green Skills Perth and Albany projects in 2020 Community and Industry Engagement Program
Modern Cloth Nappies for country Antenatal Clinics and Project “F” - Fashionistas, Farms, Festivals, Fermenting and Forgotten Skills coming soon to regional WA.
On 18 November 2019, the Minister for Environment WA announced  the Waste Authority WA Community and Industry Engagement program successful funding recipients. Congratulations to Green Skills Perth and Albany offices for securing grants to deliver exciting waste management projects in 2020.

Green Skills Perth will deliver cloth nappy kits to regional hospitals, following on from 2018’s successful metropolitan program. We will partner with 10 regional hospitals, allowing country clinics access to cloth nappy education.  If you are a Parent Educator or nurse/midwife, you can request a a free cloth nappy demo kit - please email abrion@greenskills.org.au
Albany’s F Project will deliver a 12 month program of low waste festivals and education. Green Skills Albany will traverse the South Coast from Hopetoun to Albany supporting communities to keep over 70 000kg of food and plastic waste out of landfill. Communities will be engaged in a flurry of fabrics and ferments, festivals and forgotten skills, a small sustainable housing farm tour and a film screening.
 
The F Project engages partners including Albany Regional Volunteer Service, Fathom Co, The City of Albany, Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre and Earthbag Australia. It secures events including: 
  • Sustainable Community Festival in March 2020
  • Slow Fashion Festival (2019 Festival photo above)
  • Inaugural Makers Market
  • Field day at the Dome House
  • 2020 Christmas Twilight Market and
  • a monthly program of hands-on workshops at the Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre.
Anne Sparrow, Green Skills Albany Manager, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to engage the community across the region in better waste management practices. Our rural communities have been screaming out for these sorts of workshops. It will be amazing to see less waste going into landfill and more items remaining in the circular economy through recycling, re-purposing and re-using.
For more information about Green Skills Project F, please contact  albany@greenskills.org.au
Supported by the Waste Authority WA through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
State NRM WA Funding for Green Skills to combat
Albany’s Sydney Golden Wattle weed problem
 
Green Skills Albany has secured $383 650 in funding from the WA Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program to continue the war on invasive eastern state Sydney Golden Wattle.
 
Sydney Golden Wattle was voted Albany’s worst weed in 1996. It grows rapidly in the southern region creating a monoculture restricting growth of other species both by blocking out sunlight, allelopathy and increasing the nitrogen level in soils enough to prevent the regeneration of our amazing endemic species.
This project will focus on five key activities:
  • Coordinate 3000ha on-ground works and monitoring in high value conservation reserves and adjacent areas across the region
  • Support volunteers in on-ground works
  • Follow up and monitor previous on-ground sites
  • Map the data for future prioritisation
  • Community engagement and education including partnering with Southern Aboriginal Corporation to support the training of indigenous youth in weed management.
Anne Sparrow, Green Skills Albany Manager, says: “How amazing to see this ambitious project supported. There are so many volunteers who are out there working hard to eradicate Sydney Golden Wattle from both private land and public reserves. It is fantastic to be able to offer them support over the next three years. We always have a great turn up to busy bees. The last project engaged 35 separate stakeholder groups at a wide range of events. We look forward to building on our previous efforts and put a serious dent in the spread of this woody weed.”
Green Fair 2019 in Sunny Albany
Green Skills was pleased to support the City of Albany to run another successful Green Fair in November 2019. With a jam-packed schedule of demonstrations, speakers, workshops, displays, music and market stalls, there were plenty of sustainable skills to look at. The weather was looking stormy in the week prior to the Fair, but Saturday brought welcome sunshine. This year the event was spread over both sides of the library (and upstairs in the meeting rooms) due to the construction site next to the Albany Town Hall.
Green Skills held a stall and answered questions about our Terracycle programs, bushland regeneration and other projects.
Combatting dune erosion at Coogee Beach
Visitors to Coogee Beach will notice Green Skills Ecojobs staff working in the dunes – not trampling, but using a technique called “brushing”.
This rehabilitation method involves using tree and shrub branches to stabilise dunes. Native branches create a microclimate that protects and shades sand, increases water infiltration, reduces erosion and wind speed, deters traffic, and traps sand. The essential conditions for revegetation.
Ecojobs team members Perry, Mitch and Ben have been working with the City of Cockburn on this coastline protection initiative.
Become one of the Green Skills Denmark Project Management Team
Part-time Position Vacant
Contact the Denmark office 98483310 or denmarkmanager@greenskills.org.au to find out more about this position vacancy or for a duty statement and selection criteria
UPCOMING EVENTS
Green Skills #Food is Free Project
Remember to go gathering your summer veggies at the 38 Graham Street Albany Office Food is Free cart!
The Green Skills Food is Free cart is available to the community whenever the gates are open, which is roughly 9-3pm weekdays (may be earlier or later depending on staffing). Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for current offerings. While you’re there, you may want to bring your coffee pods, toothbrushes or old pens for recycling in the TerraCycle program. You might even like to set up a Food is Free space or edible verge garden at your place. Find out how here.
Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre Workshops
Make Xmas wax wraps at Green Skills Albany ACEDC, 38 Graham St, 2 - 4pm on Sat 30th November
Phone Green Skills Albany 98421334 to book a place or email
Call for Green Skills Membership Renewal

The Green Skills Denmark Tip Shop is committed to diverting the maximum quantity of materials from 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
Green Skills runs ongoing gardening and compost making workshops with Neal Collins at the Denmark Community Garden.  The Denmark Community Garden is open to all of community and located at the rear of the Denmark Community Resource Centre.  Contact Basil Schur 98483310 or the Denmark CRC 98482842 to get involved or come and grow your veggies in the Denmark Community Garden
A 1.5°C compatible carbon budget for Western Australia
This study analyses what actions Western Australia needs to take to play its role in global and national efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. It includes a Paris Agreement 1.5°C compatible carbon budget for all sectors of the Western Australian economy, from 2018 to 2050. The report finds that without acting to reduce emissions, Western Australia is likely to use up its Paris-Agreement 1.5°C compatible carbon budget within 12 years, but rapidly reducing carbon pollution will unlock significant economic opportunities for the state.
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