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August 2019 
Awesome August News & Activities


Green Skills Cranbrook Primary School Tree Planting Event
Linking young students to Landcare

The Cranbrook School Tree planting day held on Tuesday 30th July at Tom South Lake went well, with perfect weather on the day. Basil Schur of Green Skills coordinated the activity and the provision of local native plants grown in the Katanning Landcare nursery, and provided planting guidance for the students on the site.
The Gillamii Centre and the Shire of Cranbrook provided assistance for the day's pre-planning and site preparation.
Some 40 students accompanied by several teachers and supporting adults from the Cranbrook Primary School participated in planting and watering around 1100 local shrubs and trees around the fenced off edge of the lake foreshore. Thanks also to the Jones and Williamson farming families for providing permission and support for the plantings. This landcare project has been supported by the Koorabup Trust, Green Skills, Gillamii Centre, Shire of Cranbrook and the Cranbrook Primary School.
For a number of years bird enthusiasts including Steve Elson from Ongerup and others from BirdLife Australia have been surveying the birdlife of Tom South Lake, noting that it is an important haven for shorebirds including the threatened Hooded Plover. In 2018 Green Skills and the Gillamii Centre organised support for a 3.7km fence to be built protecting the foreshores of this lake from sheep grazing.
Last summer, it was noted that Hooded Plovers were breeding on the edge of the lake, the first time in years. The proximity of this lake adjacent to the main road between Cranbrook and Katanning makes it an ideal demonstration site to promote lake conservation to the broader Great Southern farming community.

Volunteer University Students help plant out landcare sites
Trinity College joins in Cranbrook Planting
Volunteer University Students help plant out landcare sites
A team from Trinity Residential College at the UWA joined in a two day program of tree planting for habitat restoration on a farm near Cranbrook on the 18th and 19th July 2019.
The team of 8 worked with Green Skills Basil Schur and the Gillamii Centre’s Freyer Spencer, on the project. They were able to stay three nights in a spare homestead on the Walsh family farm. The team were led by College head, Mike Shearer, and planted 6500 native trees and shrubs on two sites on the Williamson farm, north of Cranbrook. Trinity College had grown 4000 of these trees as part of their landcare effort. Other trees came through Katanning Landcare, Habitat Nursery in Denmark, and through North Stirling Pallinup NRM. Awesome work by the team, and looking forward to planting more seedlings next year.

For further information, contact Basil Schur at Denmark Green Skills 98483310
Ecojobs Perth team Ben Atkinson and Steven Spragg out for a paddle to do some pond cleaning!
Ecojobs Perth has 2 new permanent members of staff: Steven Spragg and Mystine Brown, bringing years of casual field experience with them. Steven has been with Ecojobs for nearly 5 years, featuring on our website recently
Making Wax Wraps at the Birdcage
Ladies at the Birdcage, the women’s group that meets at Men’s Shed Albany, enjoyed making their own beeswax wraps in July. Find out how to make your own at: Irons and graters for use with wax are available for Green Skills members to borrow from the Albany office.
This project is supported by the Waste Authority of WA.
And join us for a Refashion Session on Thursday 29th August at Green Skills Albany 6-8pm: an evening of upcycling, mending and altering the clothing left over from the Slow Fashion Festival. This is a free, peer-facilitated workshop held at Green Skills Albany, 38 Graham Street, 6-8pm on Thursday 29th August. Come together to play with fabrics, and leave with new-to-you garments!
This project is supported by the Waste Authority of WA.
Protecting Torndirrup National Park from Sydney Golden Wattle

Green Skills worked with the community and in partnerships with Australian Bluegum Plantations, the City of Albany and DPaW to conduct 1000ha invasive on-ground wattle control and monitoring activities, busy bees and publications including up to date mapping and flyers for events. The project aimed to control the spread of Sydney Golden Wattle through empowering the community with training and improved knowledge to identify and treat Sydney Golden Wattle on their properties.

What we achieved:
  • 1000 hectares of Acacia longifolia treated and monitored
  • 5 events held engaging volunteers in on-ground actions
  • 3 displays held providing education to the general public about Acacia longifolia
  • 4 partnerships maintained and 2 new ones developed
  • 3 new landowners engaged in removing Acacia longifolia from their properties
  • Engaged 10 students in first time casual employment in NRM
  • Engaged 500 volunteers at busy bees, events and displays
  • 4870 ha of Torndirrup National Park and impact area bushland protected by Acacia longifolia control works and monitoring

The Denmark Community Garden is growing with new plantings to be ready for Spring

Community Garden Workshop Focus on Fruit Trees

Learning is Fun at the Denmark Community Garden

At the Denmark Community Garden workshop on Saturday 20th July,  local garden expert, Neal Collins, shared his knowledge on how to grow fruit bearing trees and bushes.

People braved the winter weather for the workshop held at the newly established Denmark Community Garden, which is a collaborative project between Green Skills and the Denmark CRC.

People interested in joining workshops and other activities at the Garden can register with Green Skills Denmark 98483310 or email Basil Schur at

Upcoming Events
17 August: Us and Now !  A gather-in with Paul Pule & friends. Saturday 9am - 12.30pm at Lyra House, Inlet Drive, Denmark.
A Leader’s gather-in to skill share and support each other. For more information contact Basil Schur on 0429481019 or Please find attached flyer and here is the event on facebook:
Thanks to a grant from the Waste Authority, Green Skills has been training local Parent Educators how to use  modern cloth nappies, and provided nearly all Perth’s maternity hospitals with an Antenatal Cloth Nappy Demo kit. 
The kits contain a range of cloth nappies plus info on how to wash them (same as washing clothes) and some environmental mythbusting (let there be no confusion: reusable trumps disposable).  If you’re having a baby in Perth, you can check out cloth (and disposable) nappies at these hospitals:
Armadale Health Service
Joondalup Health Campus
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women
The Family Birth Centre (King Edward Memorial Hospital)
St John of God Hospital, Midland
St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
St John of God Hospital, Mt Lawley
St John of God Hospital, Subiaco
Glengarry Private Hospital
Osborne Park Hospital
If you would like to book a cloth nappy demo for your organisation or join our Cloth Nappy Project,
contact Aline in the office 9360 6667 or on email – Aline
This project is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

The Green Skills Denmark Tip Shop is committed to diverting the maximum quantity of materials form 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
Register now for the 2019 WA State NRM and Coastal Conference

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