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LATEST NEWS 

Wildlife brings smiles to people with disability in Gosnells

September saw the second Wildlife Event in our program for people with disabilities in the City of Gosnells .. and as always, the smiles were out in full force!
This session featured Karen and her Radical Reptiles: bobtails, frogs,  bearded dragons, geckos and bobtails. And the most famous reptiles of all – the “friendly snakes, who helped some of us overcome misconceptions and fears. Quite a number of us held a snake for the first time!” Sarah Campbell, SMP lifeskills2work. This was an event full of excitement!
Thank you to the City of Gosnells for sponsoring this series of Wildlife Experiences for People living with a Disability. If you would like to sponsor a series of events, or request one for your organisation, please contact Aline  or call Green Skills Murdoch 9360 6667.
 GREEN SKILLS EVENTS coming up ...
Upcoming Events at the
Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre
Green Skills, 38 Graham Street, Albany

Compost Magic Workshop with Yann Toussaint

2-4pm Sunday 21st October at Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street.
Make friends with microbes! Learn how to process your kitchen food waste safely and easily in your own backyard to end up with wonderful fertiliser for your plants. What should you do with a bucket full of lemon rinds? Can paper or junk mail be added to compost? What do worms eat? Where can you send your food scraps if you don't have a garden? How can you hygienically compost pet poo? Check out an established compost heap, cardboard worm tube and plastic worm tubes in action.
RSVP to Albany Green Skills or 9842 1334
Afternoon tea provided. This is a free event. This event is supported by funding from the City of Albany, and the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority of Western Australia.
 

Friday Ferments: Cabbage & Carrots

6-7:30pm Friday 26th October at Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street
Learn the simple art of vegetable ferments with cabbages and carrots fresh from the Green Skills garden. Sauerkraut is a great ferment for beginners. We’ll also make and taste fermented carrot sticks. Fermented foods support a healthy gut microbiome and they are really easy to make at home.
RSVP to Albany Green Skills or 9842 1334
This is a free event. This event is supported by funding from the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and administered by the Waste Authority of Western Australia.
 

Spring Bike Shed

11-1 Saturday 27th October at Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street
Spruce your bike up for spring riding with this down to earth bike maintenance workshop and demonstration with Peter Morris. Bring your old bike along and Peter can discuss your repair options and fix minor problems on the day.
RSVP to Albany Green Skills or 9842 1334
Free soup provided for a shared lunch. Free workshop or pay it forward.
 
Denmark Tip Shop
Open for business - clothes galore
 
Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark.
Open Monday to Saturday 12- 4pm
and Sundays 9am - 1pm.
 

Green Skills presents at SERA 2018 in Brisbane 

SERA: Society for Ecological Restoration Australisia
 
Placing a Spot-light on Ecological Restoration
Theory and Practice
Between 25 - 28th September 2018 Basil Schur of Green Skills Denmark attended and presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia SERA conference held at the University of Queensland at St Lucia, Brisbane. 
Basil gave two presentations: The first “Using the YouTube platform to promote Gondwana Link eco-restoration” and the second   “Using Hooded Plover to promote restoration of lake foreshores in WA’s Great Southern”.  Both attracted audiences of about 40 to 50 people and appeared to generate interest and questions.
The conference brought together over 300  people of diverse background with a strong focus on research and applied aspects of ecological restoration covering terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. Basil did gained a lot from the diversity of knowledge and experience presented. The conference highlighted the economic size of the sector, yet how hard non-government organisations are finding it to access sufficient resources for on-ground work, especially for monitoring and longer term organisational support.

Some take home lessons Basil learnt:
  • How advanced the research program associated with the native seed industry is, and the importance of direct seeding approaches keeping up to date with these advances.
  • The need to incorporate the National Ecological Restoration Standards into project framing and design.
  • Availability of platforms for promoting eco-restoration through films ( i.e. Regen TV)
  • The value of social network theory in helping improve public engagement and project promotion.
  • How big the bush regeneration industry has become in Eastern Australia and how much support is given at Local Council level.
  •  A wide range of eco-restoration approaches now include a sophisticated incorporation of climate change understandings.
  • The thought going into scaling up eco-restoration, and how difficult this is with coral reef and sea grass restoration.
Green Skills thanks South Coast NRM for support via the State NRM Office Increasing Capacity Small Grants program for partial funding of Basil's conference attendance costs.
 

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
Read all about Pauline's new bike at https://greenskills.org.au/blog/2018/08/16/paying-it-forward/ .
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 *  * 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 -
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

 


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

 


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