Issue 46,
November 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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Is your garden 'summer ready'?

Summer ready gardens: irrigation and watering
When: Monday 4 November, 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre. 245 Sturt Road, Sturt
Cost: FREE!
Bookings: via or phone 8375 6600.
Join Steven Hoepfner (Wagtail Urban Farm) and get your garden in shape for summer!

Learn the basics of setting up an irrigation system and get ideas about alternative watering methods. Save water and time!

This session will set you up to keep your garden thriving over the hot summer days.

Native Bees and Wild Pollinators Workshop

What's the buzz about native bees and wild pollinators?
Find out what you can do to attract them to your garden and make your own bee hotel.
When: Saturday 16 November, 11am - 1:30pm
Where: Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera St, Glandore
Cost: FREE!
Bookings: via or phone 8375 6600.
Join Jenny Deans to learn about native bees and other wild pollinators, and how to attract them to your garden. Make your own native bee hotel out of timber or clay.

In this workshop and walk you will discover:
  • what native bees look like
  • the role of native bees in conservation and food security
  • what native bees need to thrive
  • top tips to attract and care for native bees in your backyard

Bring your own lunch and enjoy it in the community garden!


11am - Native Bee and Wild Pollinator talk and walk around the Glandore Community Garden


12:30pm - Lunch (BYO lunch and relax in the garden)/Pollinator Count/Bee Hotel making


1:30pm - Close


Places are limited and bookings are essential. We will keep a waiting list, so if you cannot attend once you have booked, please make an effort to cancel your booking to allow others to attend in your place.

Worms, worms, worms!


Learn how to set up a worm farm

Reduce organic waste in landfill, improve the quality of your soil, and grow healthier plants through worm farming.Learn the types of worms to use, what to feed and how to care for them, how to set up a worm farm and how to extract compost and worm juice.

For more information call Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre on 8387 2074

When: Thursday 7th November, 6pm - 9pm
Where: Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre

Calling all Youth -  get ready to act on climate change!


Do you find yourself wanting to do something about climate change, but unable to currently sail across the world with Greta Thunberg to speak to the United nations about it?

How about spending a couple of days with Greta, Red Cross and Council learning about the likely humanitarian impacts of a changing climate, and how you and your community can take action to adapt!

This training is specifically designed for young people and is held over two half days. The sessions include:
  • interactive activities and discussions
  • guest speakers
  • tips and tricks for talking about climate readiness
  • practical guidance to engage and support others to take action in your community.

After completing the training, you'll join our lively group of Climate Ready Champions from across South Australia, all taking action in their local community.

Friday 29 November 9:30am - 12noon
Friday 6 December 9:30am - 1:30pm (includes fun hands-on activity)

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Dani Austin, Community Adaptation Project Officer at
 or via 0415 695 836.

Are you a Living Smart graduate who wants to start (or improve) a project that cares for our planet?
Living Smarter bring you together with other local people to help cultivate your ideas or re-invigorate a current project.
This course will sharpen your skills to bring your ideas to life. Each week your will learn from inspirational change makers.
Learn how to:
- make your ideas a reality
- motivate others
- care for yourself
- build your networks

When: Wednesdays 30 Oct - 4 December
Time: 6:30pm - 9pm
Duration: Six sessions + follow up session
Cost: $40 full price or $20 concession plus booking fees
Venue: Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove
Dani Austin 0423 172 386
Lynda Curtis: 0409 214 536
Beat the Heat: Hot in the City Workshops

Urban heat's a hot topic right now - how much do you about Adelaide's hot streets and how prepared are you for heatwaves?
Join us for one or both of these informative and hands-on workshops - one focusing on urban heat in Adelaide, one on personal preparedness.
Bring a colleague, we have cool refreshments!

1:30pm to 3pm 'What's Hot and What's Not', Join a hands-on workshop with City of Adelaide and University of Adelaide featuring the Adelaide Heat Mapping tool, the latest in heat mitigation research, and testing temperatures using infrared heat measuring equipment.


3pm -3:30pm Refreshments, using heat tools and view of Pop-up Climate Refuge Designs


3:30pm to 4:30pm 'Are you ready for the heat?' Join the State Emergency Service in an interactive workshop to help you prepare for heatwaves and minimize impacts for all in your life. Come away with lots of tips and ideas - you won't want to leave!


For more information and bookings visit here or contact the City of Adelaide Sustainability team at




Who Speaks for the Trees?


Join Conservation SA and a lineup of expert speakers to discuss what the proposed new Planning Code could mean for South Australia:
Trees are an essential part of our life on earth, and concern is growing about the loss of trees in our cities and regional areas. We know greening will be a critical part of preparing for climate change. So what do new planning rules mean for tree cover?
Guest speakers and panelists include:
  • Craig Wilkins, Conservation SA
  • Allan Holmes, State Planning Commission
  • Stephanie Rogers, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
and representatives from Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure; Treenet (TBC); Nature Conservation Society of South Australia (TBC).
Don't miss this important session on the future of trees, greening and biodiversity in South Australia.

When: Monday 11 November
Time: 6:30pm - 8pm.
Where: The Joinery, 11 Franklin St, Adelaide
Cost: FREE
Bookings: Book your seat

Have your say - Waste Management Policy and Environment Policy
We are revising our Environmental Policy which sets the strategic direction for environmental sustainability in our city. The policy outlines Council's approach to achieving positive environmental outcomes in our own operations and in our community.
We want to give you an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft policy.

We are also revising our Waste Management Policy which sets the strategic direction for waste management in our city. The policy outlines Council's approach to delivery of waste and recycling services to our community in order to prevent littering, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and to encourage resource recovery, reuse and recycling.

We want to give you an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft policies.

Visit Making Marion to view the policy and make comment.


FREE Coastal Garden Planting Workshop
Are you continually struggling against sand, salt, drought or windy conditions to keep your coastal garden attractive?

Come and learn that natives are definitely not boring! You may be surprised at the stunning variety of native trees, shrubs, ground covers and herbs that will bring your garden to life and flower all year long.
Free colour planting guide for every participant
Where and when?
Thursday 21st November 6.30-8.30 pm
Middleton Pioneer Community Hall, Walker Pl, Middleton, SA 5213
Registration is essential:


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

Feel free to forward this on to your networks or others who might be interested.

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.