Issue 42,
July 2019
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Read about local events, projects, workshops, grants and articles that have a sustainability or environmental flavour. We hope you enjoy it!

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National Tree Day at Oaklands Reserve - You're Invited!
City of Marion and Friends of Sturt River Landcare Group will host one of Australia's biggest community plantings on National Tree Day. A monster 15,000 seedlings are planned to go in on 28 July at Oaklands Reserve. 

The Association President Samantha Kerr said National Tree Day is a chance for people to have a great day out and do something to make our suburbs greener. "We work in the reserves along the river all year round, but we look forward to National Tree Day because it's the one day for all of us to get together as a community. We have residents who join us each year because they get a real feeling of achievement watching their plants grow."

All volunteers must register and attend a short planting demonstration. Plants, refreshments, sausage sizzle and hand washing facilities are provided. Oaklands Reserve has weather shelter and toilet facilities, as well as parking and public transport nearby.


When: 10am-2pm, Sunday 28 July
Where: Oaklands Reserve, Oaklands Park
Registrations: RSVP at the Planet Ark website or via the Facebook event.
Register for Plastic Free July 
Plastic Free July challenges you to avoid single use plastics for the month of July. The focus is the plastic stuff we use once, very briefly, and then throw in a bin. It's a great way to pay attention to what plastic we consume and spend the month trying to find alternatives that work for you and your household.  Take the 2019 challenge!

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How to Plant and Care for Native Trees Workshop

Connect with nature and acknowledge National Tree Day on 28 July by learning how to plant and care for tree's endemic to the Marion area. This workshop will focus on plant selection, planting, maintenance and propagation.

When: Saturday 27 July, 1-3pm
Where: Cove Civic Centre, 1 Raggamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Cost: Free
Help Bring Back the Butterflies

Learn how the Bringing Back the Butterflies project connects neighbourhoods and supports education for sustainability.
Find out about local native plants that our indigenous butterflies and caterpillars need to survive and how you can attract them to your area. 

You can also help to plant a new native garden at the Glandore Neighbourhood Centre for everyone to enjoy.  A free morning tea is provided at the end of the session.
When: Saturday 13 July, 10am-12pm
Where: Glandore Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
Cost: Free
Preparing for a Changing Climate
Come to this Common Thread 'climate super session' to find out how to prepare for a changing climate.  Learn about local climate projects and find out how you can get ready for changes to our climate.  Topics will include:
  • Climate change along the Marion coastline
  • Engaging communities on climate change
  • Getting your garden ready for climate change
  • Pets and climate change
  • Climate proofing your home
  • Emotional resilience in the face of climate change
  • Mapping hot spots in our urban environment
Speakers will include local 'Climate Ready Champions' supported by the Red Cross and Marion Council environmental staff working on climate resilience initiatives. 

When: Monday 5 August, 7-8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt
Cost: Free
Cafe 25 at Glandore Neighbourhood Centre

Cafe 25 is a great way to spend your Saturday morning.  Visit this relaxed café with activities inspired by the needs of the community. A casual and social morning that is kid-friendly!

There are a range of workshops with an environmental flavour. Upcoming workshop topics include Introduction to Bonsai, Bringing Back the Butterflies, Rags to Rugs and Garden Gala. You can also become a guest baker by joining the kitchen and sharing one of your favourite recipes.  

Cafe 25 is hosting a special green cleaning and beeswax wrap workshop this Saturday for Plastic Free July. For more information go to
Nominations Open for the Unsung Heroes Awards 2019
Do you have someone you would like to nominate for this year's Unsung Heroes Award?  Nominations are now open for individuals or groups who have made a significant achievement or outstanding service in the community.
The theme for 2019 is Celebrating Marion. There are ten award categories including Environment, Community Spirit, Role Model and Innovation. 

How to nominate:
Complete and return a nomination form, which is available on the  Marion website , at Marion libraries, neighbourhood centres or offices. Nominations are open until Friday 12 July. 
Glandore Garden Gala
Glandore Community Garden and Café 25 opens their gates in August for flurry of gardening and environmental activities. It will be great opportunity to meet the gardeners, volunteers and guest speakers, enjoy some wood fired pizza and take a tour of the community garden. 

You can also get ready for spring with timely workshops including:
  • Sophie Thomson's garden woes - dealing with pests and diseases in an organic and sustainable way.
  • Backyard chooks.
  • Worm farming.
  • Composting.
  • Wrapping up the War on Waste.
  • Garden mosaics.
  • Wood fired pizza ovens.
Workshop bookings are essential and bookings will open in mid-July. 

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 24 August
Where: Glandore Neighbourhood  Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
Bookings: via or phone 7420 6400.

Winter Heating Guide 2019
Thinking of changing your heater? Heating and cooling can account for about 40% of your home energy use. Heating your home wisely helps reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce your energy costs dramatically. 

Check out the new Winter heating guide 2019 for advice on how to stay warm and comfortable in your home this winter. The guide includes information on choosing the best heater for your house, the running costs of different heater types, draught proofing and insulation.
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See you next month!

More workshops, events and courses!
Visit The Joinery website for a host of other exciting sustainability events. Based in Adelaide, The Joinery, is a hive of inspiring community activity.