Issue 44,
September 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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Spring Wildflower Walk
Photo: Calostemma purpureum (Garland Lily)

Discover the unique coastal wildflowers of the Hallett Headland Reserve in all their spring glory.

Join local experts Randall Bates and Peter Watton (Trees for Life) as we wander through this coastal heathland, spotting wildflowers and enjoying stunning sea views.
Learn about how Council and local volunteers are protecting this precious place.

When: 10:30am - 12pm, Saturday 21 September
Where: Hallett Headland Reserve (Petrel Close, Hallett Cove)
Bookings: via or phone 8375 6600.

Coastal Climate Change Information Session

Come along to this community information session to hear from coastal specialists about:
  • The science of coastal climate change
  • What to expect for the suburbs of Hallett Cove and Marino
  • How the City of Marion is responding to coastal climate change
  • How you could join our team of 'citizen scientists'


When: Thursday 26 September, 6:30pm - 8pm

Where: Cove Civic Centre, Hallett Cove

Light refreshments provided


Bookings essential -

Enquiries: Rebecca Neumann, City of Marion

T8375 6624

Meet the Author: Sophie Thomson in conversation with Paul West 'The Edible Garden' at Marion Cultural Centre

Join Gardening Australia's Sophie Thomson in conversation with Paul West at this not-to-be-missed event!
Paul West is a trained chef, a passionate gardener, farmer and media personality. Paul, the host of River Cottage Australia, is the author of The River Cottage Australia Cookbook and has a regular slot on ABC's Gardening Australia. After hosting River Cottage Australia in beautiful Central Tilba, Paul and his family swapped their 20-acre property for a life in Melbourne's inner north, turning a suburban backyard plot into a productive patch.
In The Edible Garden Cookbook, Paul shows you how easy and rewarding it is to grow and cook some of your own food - and how powerful the simple act of coming together around food can be.
Friday 27 September, 7pm - 8pm
Marion Cultural Centre - Domain Theatre
287 Diagonal Road
$35 TICKET + BOOK Event Special
ASO and The Voice bring Sunset Symphony to Marion 

For the first time, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will join star of TV's 'The Voice' Henry Olonga for a sunset picnic concert in Warriparinga Wetlands in November.
Mr Olonga and the 47-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) headline Marion Council's Sunset Symphony on Saturday, 9 November, which also features wetland tours, family craft, and an Indigenous art exhibition.
Sunset Symphony is the ideal opportunity to treat clients and staff to a night out.
Up to 5000 tickets are available, with discounts for Marion residents and businesses.



Sustainable House Day Showcase


When: Thursday 12 September
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Thebarton Community Centre, Corner Ashwin Parade & South Rd, Torrensville
Tickets: Register here

At South Australia's favourite event leading up to Sustainable House Day we will learn about multiple sustainable homes from around the state and meet the architects, designers, builders and owners who have created them. With 8 quick fire presentations to see, prepare to be dazzled, entertained and delighted with sustainable home ideas!
Most of the projects presented will be open for Sustainable House Day, on Sunday the 15th of September, so come along to our Showcase on the 12th for your chance to hear about the projects prior to selecting which houses you want to see in person!

A fantastic event is in store, the price of entry gets you one complimentary drink from our premium South Australian beer ( Western Ridge Brewing Collective ) or wine ( Whistling Kite Wines) providers (non-alcoholic options also available) and delicious tapas from Cafe Troppo. Extra drinks available for purchase on the night.

Our SHD Showcase will inspire, inform and connect people in South Australia, celebrating local sustainable house design and construction. Make sure to also get involved in the national Sustainable House Day event, where eco homes across SA will be open to the public on Sunday 15th of September. For more information go to:

We graciously thank AdaptWest and City of West Torrens for their support of this year's event.
Confirmed projects that you will hear from on the night:

- 10 Star House - Sustainability House
- Casa Bruno, Tranmere - Warwick O'Brien Architects
- The Barn, Warradale - Dylan Stone
- Goodhouse 13 - Mark Thomas
- The Quiet Achiever - Brett Aylen Architecture & Jackson Digney ( Enduro Builders)
- Tiny House - Miriam Crosby
- A-HA! Studio - Jesse Zilm & Isabella James
FREE Hooded Plover Workshops

Photo courtesy of Birds Australia 

The Hooded Plover is Australia's most threatened beach-nesting bird. Come and learn about their amazing behaviours and how to give them a helping hand.
BirdLife Australia and Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges "Sharing our Shores" team are running these FREE workshops.
A pair of Hooded Plovers are nesting at Hallett Cove!!
Saturday 21 Septemnber
9:15am - 2:30pm
Sunday 15 September
9:15am - 2:30pm
Both workshops will have the same content.
Morning Session 9:15am - 12:30pm
Join us for a delicious morning tea, learn about the birds, their behaviours, watch amazing video footage of chicks, how we help them and come along for a beach walk.
Afternoon session 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Come back for lunch, learn how to monitor these birds and become a Hoodie volunteer!
Visit the Natural Resources website for more information and to book your spot.

How to ethically declutter without costing the earth



Are you drowning in clutter and stuff, is it time to ethically declutter for a sustainable simple life?
  • How much time do you waste looking for the keys, phone, purse just to get out the door on time?
  • Does the car live on the street because there is no room in the garage, simply because there is too much stuff

Imagine life without the clutter, what would you do with more time in your day?

Join our fun, interactive workshop and learn:

  • How to identify your clutter
  • How easy it is to declutter
  • How to eco organize
  • How to refuse clutter
  • How to let go of clutter
  • How to reduce clutter and divert waste from landfill
  • How to maintain a clutter free space so you can live the life you want

Come along to our evening with Tanya Lewis - The Eco Organiser and Waste Coach and discover how easy it is to reduce, reuse, recycle and reward yourself with a simpler life. Tanya's emphasis is on regaining control over our time and space by using mindful and ethical consumption.

Tanya and the Eco Organiser community has helped divert an estimated 37 000kg of stuff from landfill, simply by finding good homes for unwanted stuff.

Wed 2 October 6:30pm - 8pm Adelaide Sustainability Centre


Get your tickets for only $20 (plus booking fee)



Discover the Circular Economy

Are you interested in the circular economy and want to know what you can do within your business? Explore idea and real-world examples with the  Ellen MacArthur Foundation's  new immersive    learning hub , video series
 and podcast

Communities Environment Program Grants
The Communities Environment Grants will be available for community groups for 2019.
Grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 will be available for small, community-led environment projects that address local environmental priorities.
Projects delivering positive environmental and social outcomes can include:
  • Native and threatened species management
  • Coastal and wetland care
  • Programs to reduce litter and waste
  • Invasive species and weed management
  • Protecting and restoring environmental assets
  • Increased community connection with the local natural environment
Expressions of interest close Friday, 13 September 2019.

Suez Community Grants
Up to $15,000 available
Closes 26 September
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.