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Photo above:  SunSmart Giant Kite Fiesta Albany foreshore March 2018.. (Photo by Basil Schur)

SunSmart  Albany Kite

These fabulous photos needed to be shared.  They are part of the aerial spectacle of the recent SunSmart Albany Kite Festival held in be Sunday 25th March 2018. 
Kite artists Michael and Jan Alvares of Kite Kinetics, supported by Green Skills and the enthusiastic McMullan family, who ran this family friendly event from 10am to 4pm at the ANZAC Albany Peace Park  attracted over  1600 people, either watching or participating in the event.
“This popular event, now in its seventh year, was an exciting day for the whole family” said Basil Schur, Green Skills Festival Coordinator.
Participants were reminded to 'slip, slop, slap, seek and slide' while enjoying this event, which was supported by Healthway to promote the SunSmart message.
Info on Michael and Jan Alvares and their wonderful world of kites is available at

Check out the photos below.
Photo image: Hooded Plover on salt-lake foreshore. (Photo by Basil Schur)
Hooded Plover and Salt-Lakes foreshore Conservation, North Stirlings, WA
The report outlines the findings of  a Hooded Plover and Salt Lakes foreshore conservation project in the North Stirlings .
The project  undertook  Hooded Plover surveys on lakes in the Cranbrook area  with Hooded Plover and other shorebird sightings regisgtered on the Birdlife  web portals.  Green Skills met with the local landholders and family members and other local residents and held a Hooded Plover field trip in mid February starting from Bobs Lake bird hide. Presenations on the project were made at the Festival of Bird Symposium and a landcare event organised by the Gillamii Centre in Cranbrook.

A good outcome of the project has been obtaining the cooperation of the landowner of the important Tom South Lake, beside the Great Southern Highway north of Cranbrook, for foreshore fencing. This will allow greater protection for a range of shorebird and wetland species, including Hoodies.

Photo Images above by Basil Schur)

The Hooded Plover project was supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State Natural Resource Management Program, supported by Royalties for Regions. It has also been supported by the  Gillamii Centre in Cranbrook and local landholders including the Lehmann, Pech, Bradshaw/Carnegie, Jones and Williamson families.

The project also forms part of Green Skills’ Gondwana Link wetland conservation program.  

The report was written by Tony Peterson, Project Officer,  with input from Basil Schur, Projects Manager, Green Skills. Marcus Singor and Steve Elson provided valuable support and input into this project.
Photo Image: Steel at the Tip Shop (by Bruce Carter) 

 Steel at the Tip Shop
 It's all about perspective. This beautiful image captured through an artist's lens, gently encourages us to shift our view. Wow!
What is waste? What is art? What is resource?

The Denmark Tip Shop is a Treasure Trove, full of resources and possibilities. 

Drop in. Get inspired.   Do you bit for the planet.

The Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark WA is open:

Mon - Sat 12noon - 4pm
Sun 9am - 1pm


 EVENTS coming up ...
Weedy Wattle Community
Here's a calendar of our next few weedy wattle busy bees.

Tues June 12th - location TBC
Sun July 15th - Camp Quaranup with the Friends of Camp Quaranup
Sun August 26th - Montgomery's Hill winery, upper Kalgan

If you're up for some wattle bashing and a good feed and would like to sign up and get some more details please contact Rosie (details below).

Feel free to forward  the information. Invite your friends and family.

Rosie Smith (Weedy Wattle Coordinator)

ContacRosie 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.


Nappies for Newborns’ coming to City of Wanneroo

Expecting a baby? Come see us at Clarkson Library for a Reusable Nappy information session, on June 9th at 10am.

With modern cloth nappies, running out of nappies is like running out of clean clothes. Just put on the washing machine! (No last-minute trip to the shops required)

We’ll show you the convenience, the no-soak cleaning, and the maths – it really all stacks up.

Free tix and more info here

Presenter: Aline is an Environmental Scientist, Community Educator and Mum of 4. She is passionate about sustainable and slow living, and enjoys sharing strategies that really work.

Have a look at our
FACEBOOK page for a list of events.

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.

A New Era – The Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre

Green Skills was fortunate to receive $385 300 through Lotterywest and the Great Southern Development Commission to develop a multi-purpose community meeting space encompassing a large meeting area, kitchen and outdoor space, all with full disabled access.

This is an exciting new era for Green Skills in the region. The new building increases our capacity to support and deliver skills development for the environmental and sustainability sector, and nurture enterprise development for the future.


Three Coffee Pod Brands to Recycle


We send Nescafe and L’Or coffee pods to the Terracycle program. Because we have had so many community members arriving with Nespresso aluminium pods to drop off, we’ve now also signed up to the Nespresso recycling program directly through the company. So Green Skills Albany can now accept THREE brands of coffee pod.

We can also take any brand of tea pod for the Terracycle program.

PLEASE DO NOT drop off other brands like Woolworths. If you use a brand of coffee pod that is not accepted in our collection boxes, contact the manufacturer directly to ask what they’re doing to ensure they don’t contribute to landfill. Or switch brands or go back to loose coffee.



A birthday-with-a-difference boosts Friends of Suai (East Timor) scholarship fund

“No gifts please” took a fresh twist for Annabelle Newbury’s recent milestone birthday party.

A long time Green Skills staff member since 1998, Annabelle has also been committed to the East Timorese community. So much so that her birthday party included a gift/fundraising register and silent auction for the Friends of Suai/Covalima scholarship program.

Annabelle’s party raised $5,160 towards a Community Development scholarship for a female student from Covalima district to study at the national university in Dili.

Green Skills is lucky to have committed, innovative and extraordinary staff. Happy Birthday Annabelle!

For more information  on the Friends of Suai scholarship program click here

To Read the full Blog post - READ MORE HERE

2017 Annual Report Now Available

Green Skills is an innovative organisation that develops and manages environmental and community projects across Perth and regional WA.

We are a driver of change towards a more sustainable community.

Our mission is to promote and demonstrate sustainability in action through creation of employment opportunities and the provision of training, research and on-ground projects. In addition to our many community and environmental development projects we run successful enterprises such as our Ecojobs teams, Tip Shop operations and Professional Consulting services to support our vision.

2017 was a other exemplary year. All three offices, Murdoch, Albany and Denmark,  contributed with a variety of localised, unique and regionally relative projects and enterprise activity.

To Read The full Blog post - READ MORE HERE

A brief Snapshot of our 2017  is available for download HERE 

Or the full version of the 2017 Annual Report is available for download HERE

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.

Want more info? Check out

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.




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