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February 2020
South Coast Birds and Biodiversity Festival Focus
A native bandicoot (also known as Quenda) is released back into the Balijup Fauna Sanctuary during a recent citizen science workshop where participants assisted with monitoring the success of the Bandicoot population within the predator-proof fenced sanctuary - one of the 2020 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity program highlights.

The 2020 South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity takes flight

The Green Skills and BirdLife Australia 8th annual South Coast Festival of Birds and Biodiversity is now underway. Festival activities are currently happening and the program will run until April 2020. There will be an array of inspiring events showcasing the unique and beautiful bird fauna of the South Coast of Western Australia, held in and around Denmark and Albany.
 
“With many interesting events, there is something to suit all ages and tastes” says festival organiser, Basil Schur.
“People can learn more about our special birds and the unique biodiversity of the south coast and their conservation at a variety of talks and tours, participate in workshops to learn more about our wonderful local wildlife, fly kites at the Albany foreshore, or enjoy exhibitions of spectacular art and photography.”
 

Full program details available at birdfestival.greenskills.org.au

For further information contact Basil Schur at Green Skills Denmark office on 98483310, 0429481019 or bschur@greenskills.org.au

Key support for the Festival is coming from Lotterywest, UWA-Albany, City of Albany, Great Southern Development Commission,  Birdlife Western Australia, Denmark Birds Group, Gondwana Link, Green Skills, the Museum of the Great Southern, Albany Bird Group, Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, BirdLife Western Australia, Gillamii Centre, Bush Heritage Australia, Department of BCA, other groups and many volunteers & supporters.

Shorebird Bird ID Workshops hosted by BirdLife’s Dr Vicki Stokes will provide information on our amazing shorebirds, how to identify them and how to contribute to annual surveys. Two sessions are scheduled at Denmark CRC on Thursday 27th February from 2pm to 5pm and at Albany Green Skills on Tuesday 3rd March from 9am to 11.30am.
The Great Cocky Count is the biggest single survey for black cockatoos in Western Australia, continues this year with information workshops in Nornalup on Saturday 29th February and Denmark on 1st March. The Great Cocky Count will take place on Sunday 5th April.
The Festival of Birds Symposium is the Festival’s main event, held on Friday 13th March at UWA Albany and features high powered speakers including UWA’s Professor Steve Hopper, Dr Judy Fisher, Professor Dale Roberts, Dr Vicki Stokes and others. This main event will be held at UWA Albany (35 Stirling Terrace), 8.30 to 12.45pm, Friday 13th March. 
Join us for a weekend Gondwana Link Bird and Eco Restoration Field Trip from Friday 13th March to Sunday 15th March. Visit eco restoration sites near Boxwood Hill, the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre in Ongerup and more.
WHAT'S JUST BEEN - RECENT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Great progress at the Green Skills Denmark Community Garden Workshop with a recent garden tour, compost workshop and much produce harvested. AND we have a new shade house, with a hot house coming this week.  Come and visit the garden behind the Denmark CRC, and become a gardening volunteer.  For more information contact Basil Schur bschur@greenskills.org.au
 
The Refashion Sessions are still happening at Green Skills Albany - come along and join us snipping, sewing, chatting, mending, altering, patching and switching, and leave with a couple of new-to-you garments! Or help us make a set of fabric bunting that will be made available to loan to community groups for events.
All clothing, thread, wool, sewing machines and basic mending tools supplied, with experienced volunteers to support you. Bring your own tools if you prefer. We have an abundance of fabric & clothing already, no more needed at this time!
Contact Rachel for more information or phone Green Skills Albany office on 98421334
Perth Green Skills project manager Aline Brion delivers the modern cloth nappy project to workshop participants in Perth.  For more information on future Modern Cloth Nappy workshops please contact Aline
UPCOMING EVENTS
GREEN SKILLS 2020 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL 
ALBANY TOWN SQUARE SATURDAY 21 MARCH  2020
The 2020 Sustainable Community Festival in Albany is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing event. Green Skills are welcoming new supporter Sustain: Community Food Events Food for Thought Festival PLUS the City of Albany South West Street Fest in addition to the Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Harmony Day. West Australia's premier sustainable living event has evolved to include cultural diversity and sustainable economies, held in the Albany Town Square during Harmony week on Saturday 21st March 2020.  But wait…. there is more…@Sustain Aus Community Food Events Food For Thought Festival and The City of Albany with a fabulous Street Theater Festival will join us in 2020 to create the ultimate community based event that you wont want to miss.For more information watch the website: 
https://greenskills.org.au/event/sustainable-community-festival-albany/  or give our Green Skills Albany office a call on 98421334
DENMARK COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKSHOPS
JANUARY   FEBRUARY   MARCH   2020
Upcoming Denmark Community Garden Workshops
Come along and get involved!

 
Denmark Community Garden Workshop Date Possible Topics  (subject to modification)
Tutor: Neal Collins
   
3-5pm  Sat 1 Feb 2020 Denmark Food Garden Tour – with fruit tree  pruning demonstration
 
3-5pm  Sat 22 Feb 2020
Compost Making
Foliar/Liquid feeding
Growing and harvesting summer veges
Managing garden weeds – and what not to put in your compost
 
3-5pm Sat 21 March 2020
 
Topics to be announced but could include
Choosing and caring for garden tools
Planning for plant propagation
Growing and harvesting summer veges
 
For further information contact Green Skills – Basil Schur 0429481019
Green Skills Inc is a proud finalist for the AIM WA Pinnacle Awards 2019/20 in the Green Business Excellence Category.
The Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIM WA) recognises the exemplary business leadership of individuals, teams and organisations in the Western Australian community.

Now in its seventh year the AIM WA Pinnacle Awards are WA's most reputable business awards. Across eight categories distinction is awarded for excellence. Our State Manager, Laura Bird will be attending the Gala Dinner event on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at The Westin Perth, where the winners will be announced.
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.

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
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