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LATEST NEWS 

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:
call 0401 578 002 or  email  Rosie
 

Sydney Golden Wattle -
Green Skills working to keep it under control

Green Skills Albany provides advice and assistance for you to manage and eradicate weedy wattles from your property. Call us on 08 9842 1334 Mon-Fri, email or check out the Weedy Wattles Action Group Albany Facebook page.

Green Skills is 18 months into a two-year project funded by State NRM Program WA to support individuals, groups, forestry companies and agencies coming together to fight invasive wattles across land tenure in the region. With a focus on protecting high conservation value vegetation and controlling outlier infestations, the project aims to increase awareness of invasive wattles, undertake on-ground control, support local government, agencies and the wider community in their efforts and undertake regional mapping.
 
As well as controlling weedy wattles on your own property, one of the best ways to make a difference is to join one of the many wattle removal busy bees happening throughout the year.  Last weekend saw a great turnout of 55 people coming together for a Green Skills weedy wattle busy bee at Montgomery’s Hill winery, upper Kalgan, to protect the adjacent high value Bakers Junction nature reserve and Kalgan river corridor from Sydney golden wattle. The work done here was a huge achievement, and participants were well rewarded by delicious food and wine tasting afterwards.

The Green Skills Gondwana Connections Exhibition is open to the public in Manjimup
from 16th July to 30th August 2018
 
The  Waterbirds Photographic Exhibition is open to the public in Walpole  

New YouTube films document cultural importance of two south coast wetlands
Sacred Swamps—Warriup & Moolyup
Join us for a film screening and discussion with Noongar Elders about Noongar values and beliefs that stem from, and hold sacred, the swamps, keipi, freshwater and wetlands of the South Coast.


Free event
Thursday 13th September

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Upstairs at the Albany Public Library
Book at the City of Albany Public Library by phone, email or Online
 
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..   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmc_lDkv184
Moolyup Swamp     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3EkVjZNni0
 
 EVENTS coming up ...

‘Cloth Nappies for Newborns’ coming to Coogee

Expecting a baby? Come see us at Coogee Community Centre for a Reusable Nappy information session, on Saturday September 15th at 1pm.
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. More info & tix 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.

Bone Broth Workshop Albany

Come along to Green Skills Albany on Saturday 25th August, 2 - 4pm to hear Joanna McCluskey talking about why you should make nourishing bone broth and what to put in it. Homemade broth is good for gut and bone health. We’ll make and taste broth, share recipes and discuss where to buy ingredients locally and ethically. Reduce kitchen waste and learn how to use ingredients that we usually throw away.

This event is at the Albany Community Enterprise Development Centre, Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street. $5 entry.

Please book by email or on 9842 1334. Places are limited.

 
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: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/permaculture-spring-gathering-albany-tickets-48115861838?aff=efbeventtix 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.
Denmark Tip Shop
Photo by Bruce Carter
Curves - soft and durable
A study of form.

 
Denmark Tip Shop, McIntosh Rd, Denmark.
Open Mon to Sat 12- 4pm
and Sundays 9am - 1pm.

BALIJUP  FAUNA SANCTUARY
 
Basil Schur of Green Skills, with Frank Rijavec and Margaret Robinson, filming in Balijup woodlands within the fauna sanctuary enclosure, in June 2018 during a citizen science weekend activity.   (Photo: H Heydenrych)

Green Skills has established a 111ha fenced fauna conservation sanctuary in Wandoo & Jarrah forest at Balijup - see https://chuffed.org/project/balijup
Balijup is a special property in Western Australia’s Great Southern region. Today it is a shining example of landcare. Settled by the Hordacre family in the 1920s, this unique farm comprises over 700 hectares of lakes, wetlands, bush and plantations, as well as 120 hectares of cropland.

Green Skills is partnering with the owners of Balijup on an exciting range of nature restoration, citizen science, eco-art and Noongar cultural projects. Green Skills has undertaken the construction of a predator-proof enclosure on the property and has successfully re-introduced native ground burrowing wildlife (Bandicoots) within the sanctuary enclosure.

Green Skills is busy building scientific data on fauna recovery in the sanctuary through citizen science activities and monitoring. Watch this space for new film material on Balijup and check out previous film clips right here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLaxA5Lc1Sc

Balijup forms a vital link in the ambitious conservation program, Gondwana Link.

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/ .
It's always fungi-time on the South Coast. Walk slowly and watch where you step. These little kingdoms are busy building and blooming in damp patches of woodlands, along old barks and in the curved corners of old trunks. They are a delight at this time of the year.
 
Fungi occupy a kingdom of their own, forming a major component of Australia’s biological diversity, many times larger than the plant & animal kingdoms combined.


There is a remarkable and diverse array of macro fungi on the South Coast. A variety of ecosystems ranging from coastal heath to tall closed forests makes sure we are treated to a range of fungi delights during the winter period. 

It’s a great time of the year to go fungi-sightseeing. Don’t disturb or pick them, just have a look. 

A useful and informative online guide to Denmark's fungi can be downloaded here
 
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

 


BIG GREEN THANKS

TO OUR FRIENDS & SUPPORTERS 
 
The TRUTH is our projects and causes would not be possible with out your support, interest and high-level, word-spreading, news-sharing abilities. 
 
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 Regards
Green Skills Team
Murdoch | Albany |Denmark
Western Australia

 


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