Issue 47,
January 2020
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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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Cooler, greener Adelaide

 Photo credit: Sam Noonan

What does a cool, green neighborhood look like to you?
As the state's population grows, the new Planning and Design Code has the potential to contribute to the development of a cooler, greener neighborhoods - that are better for everyone!
Come along to a FREE community workshop to find out more about the Code and give your input!
When: Wednesday 5th February, 6:30pm
Where: Marion Cultural Centre
Bookings essential:

Snorkel Hallett Cove beach and reef

Join professional snorkel leaders and marine biologists for a guided snorkel at Hallett Cove Beach reef.
The reef is home to an amazing variety of colourful fish and plant life.
Snorkel tours are suitable for adults with and without children.
When: Saturday 8th Feb 10am, 12noon and 3pm
Where: Hallett Cove Beach
Cost: Adults $19.95, Students and Children $9.95 (Use discount code MARION50 at checkout to receive these prices)
To find out more information or to book visit




What does your 2040 look like?

It's only 20 years away....

Join us for this inspiring and thought provoking movie.

When: Saturday 1st February, 1:30pm

Where: Marion Cultural Centre

Cost: $10 Adults, Students and children $5

Bookings: Follow the link at or book at the Marion Cultural Centre in person or on the phone 8375 6855.
Common Thread: Recap of 2019

Want to get enthused and inspired?
Where can you learn about interesting and practical topics?
How can you get involved with your community?
Join like-minded people on Monday evening at Common Thread to be part of a more sustainable future.
In 2019, Common Thread covered topics from edible natives to irrigation, sustainable home design to self sufficiency and native bees to preparing for climate change.
Over the past five years of participants rated the sessions 4.5/5!
People are taking real action with the knowledge and skills they gain, they are:
-  planting more natives in their garden
-  being more waterwise
-  participating in Climate Champion Training
- working on sustainability quests with renewed gusto!
This year topics will include:
- Household cleaning and greening
- Climate resilience
- Ecofamilies
- Ethical decluttering and recycling
- Australian native bush tucker
....and more!!
Join our mailing list to receive invites to Common Thread.
Or you can visit Common Thread on the City of Marion website.

Food Matters  
Join us as we explore the impacts of our food choices and what we can do to support sustainable, fair and healthy food for all.
Join Food Matters to explore the impacts:
* Identify the simple things we can do as consumers and food citizens
* Hear from others who are creating a new, local food system
* Discuss ways to work towards food that is affordable, delicious and sustaining for both our families and our planet.

Food Matters is a 4 week course.

We are passionate about making sure we can all afford and enjoy delicious quality food. With populations growing and the cost of food rising, access to food - particularly for disadvantaged sections of the community - is becoming increasingly important. Sustainable eating will make a real difference to food security, local economies and our own health: as well as the health of the planet.

The food system is changing to meet the challenges of the future. The topics covered will include, what are the challenges impacting our food supply. An overview of the dominant industrial food system and the emerging regenerative and local options. We will look at the economic and social impacts and consider both environmental and health impacts of food choices. We will be hearing from a local producer and retailer, One Small Bakery and the practical food choices we can make, actions within our communities to help create the food systems we would like for the future.

When: Wednesday 5 February - Wednesday 26 February
Time: 6:30pm -9pm
Cost: $20
Where: Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera St, Glandore.


Time:  9:30am - 12noon
Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Hessing Crescent, Trott Park
Booking essential at: 


Do you have a deep sense of community and would like to learn more about leadership? 

Then we are looking for you!

The Community Leadership Program aims to create community capacity building in the City of Marion.

The Community Leadership Program gives participants the skills and confidence to develop their own community project, motivate and encourage others to assume leadership roles in the community and develop as a leader. The program is a combination of interactive workshops and offsite project work, working with council staff and community mentors

Applications Close: Friday 14 February
Program Commences: Thursday 5 March

Cost: The program is funded by the City of Marion, so it is free to participate. All that we require is your commitment to complete the entire program, organise your own transport to and from venues and childcare, if applicable.

For more information visit the City of Marion website.
New drop-off depot for household chemicals and paint


Chemicals and paints can be disposed of year-round at Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre - great timing for an end of year declutter and an opportunity to get rid of potentially harmful and polluting chemicals.

The public can use the free North Plympton drop-off depot seven days a week in place of hazardous waste drop-off days previously held once a year. This is great news and offers a much more convenient service for local residents.
Only domestic household chemicals will be accepted, commercial chemicals from businesses will not be accepted. However trade painters, along with householders, can dispose of up to 100 litres of paint thanks to the federally-funded Paintback scheme.
Paint that is dried out is no longer hazardous and can go in your red lid waste bin.
Empty paint tins, aersosol cans and other chemical containers can go in your recycling bin at home.
Common items the Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre accepts include household paints, motor oil, gas bottles, car batteries, and household cleaners. For a full list of items accepted, please visit City of Marion website

Adelaide Waste and Recycling Centre
181 Morphett Road, North Plympton
Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm, Saturday 8am-3pm, Sunday 10am-3pm
T: 8295 5077

Whittling in Nature - Kids 7 years +

 Kids School Holiday Whittling in Nature

Drawing on Indigenous connections and links to design and technology, children will discover the relaxing nature of whittling after an introduction to whittling tools and techniques.

When: Thursday 23 January, 11:30am -1pm

Where: Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre, 34 Hessing Crescent, Trott Park
Cost: $5

For more information call Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre on 8387 2074
Backyard Chooks for Beginners
A passionate chook enthusiast will explain the many pleasures and benefits of keeping chickens.

Includes how to purchase, house, feed and care for a small flock of chooks.

When: Saturday 1st February, 9:30am - 10:30am

Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre

Cost: $10

For more information, call Cooinda Neighborhood Centre on 08 8375 6703

Spend the day with Native Australian Animals
Do something special these school holidays and head down to Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre and learn about some of the amazing native animals we have in our country.

Talks are suitable for children of all ages and provide a valuable hands-on learning experience. parents and carers are welcome to come along, supervise their child and cuddle something cute or scaly!

The Nature Education Centre (NEC) is an Adelaide based not-for-profit organisation that provides a hands-on approach to learning about the environment.

When: Saturday 8 February 10:30am - 11:30am

Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt

Cost: $5 + booking fee ($1.36)

We hope you found this information useful. We value your feedback and encourage you to get in contact with us.

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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.