Issue 45,
October 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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Pop on Virtual Reality goggles and take a dive in the ocean... 

From butterflies to leafy sea dragons - discover
the Nature of Marion.


When: Monday 14 October, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre. 245 Sturt Road, Sturt
Cost: FREE!
Bookings: via or phone 8375 6600.

Find out about native plants, butterflies and life under the ocean from our three guest speakers.
7 - 8:30pm  Presentations
8:30 -9pm  Virtual Reality Experience (Optional)

Bringing Back the Butterflies
A community project encouraging people to create garden plots that provide habitat for butterflies that are local to the area. Find out how to return butterflies to your yard and improve the beauty of your garden and neighbourhood.
Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries
A program designed for community members of all abilities that are interested in experiencing and learning about SA's unique marine life. EMS run a series of guided community snorkel and virtual reality adventures for small groups and schools.

The Nature of Marion
Jock Conlon (Biodiversity Coordinator) will introduce us to some special reserves in Marion that are full of native plants and birds. Learn how City of Marion is protecting our threatened plants, planting to cool our suburbs and working with our community to revegetate open space.
Virtual Reality experience: EMS are offering an opportunity to go underwater while sitting in your chair. Pop on some virtual reality goggles and watch 15min of captivating footage of life under the ocean. A $3 donation for this experience is requested (pay cash on the night). This experience is optional.

Family Nature Day @ Oaklands Estate Reserve


A day of hands-on nature fun for everyone! Make a magic wand, touch a native reptile, take a nature tour or learn about butterflies.

Get into nature and discover all the fun things you can do at Oaklands Reserve, including:

  • make a magic wand with plants or mix a magic potion
  • DIY orienteering course
  • touch and learn about native animals with Animals Anonymous
  • take a photo with life sized butterfly wings and find out how to attract butterflies to your garden
  • discover what nature sounds like? smells like? tastes like?
  • get your hands dirty and play with clay
  • discover nature based phone apps
  • take a tour of the wetlands
  • join a bird watching tour
  • climb, balance, jump on our new nature play playground

Bring your own picnic lunch and snacks, water bottle and picnic rug

When: Saturday 26 October, 10am -1pm
Where: Oaklands Estate Reserve
Enquiries: City of Marion T: 8375 6840 or E:
Friday Night Movies @ Marion


Hosted by The Adelaide Sustainability Centre, supported by the City of Marion and curated by Transitions Film Festival.

With only sixty years of farmable soil left on Earth, and the increased threats of climate change, the need to rethink how we use earth's natural resources has never been more important.

The Need to Grow takes an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement who are redesigning our future; an eight-year-old girl who challenges the ethics of a beloved organisation, a renegade farmer struggling to keep his land as he revolutionises resource-efficient agriculture, and an accomplished visionary inventor facing catastrophe in the midst of developing a game changing technology.

Film followed by panel discussion. Panelists to be announced.

When: Friday 18 October
Time: 7pm - 9:30pm. Café open from 6:30pm
Where: Marion Cultural Centre
Cost: $12 + booking fee
Bookings: Book your seat


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

Our Climate is Changing. What can we do to get ready?

The Climate Ready Communities training will help you understand how the things we love may be affected by our changing climate, and explore what we can do to take action!

There will also be trainings in Adelaide, Burnside, Marion, and Tea Tree Gully in November. To register your interest, please contact Dani Austin at

The training will include:
* Interactive activities and discussions about being climate ready.
* Local information about climate change projections for southern Adelaide.
* Guest speakers including members from local community groups, businesses, and/or council.
* Practical guidance to deliver activities, and talk about climate readiness, in your community.
After the training, it is expected that you will help spread the climate ready message to your networks and community. We will explore how to engage and support others during the training.
If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Dani Austin, Community Adaptation Project Officer at
 or via 0415 695 836.
Environmental Policy: have your say!


The City of Marion provides a range of physical, social and developmental services to our community. To ensure effective environmental performance in all activities, we are committed to environmental sustainability and aim to integrate environmental considerations with economic, social and cultural factors.

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.

Visit Making Marion to read the policy and have your say.
Waste Management Policy: have your say!


Generation and disposal of waste has substantial economic, social and environmental costs.

The City of Marion is 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 policy.

Visit Making Marion to read the policy and have your say.
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 on Saturday 9 November.
Mr Olonga and the 47-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) headline Marion Council's Sunset Symphony, which also features wetland tours, family craft, and an Indigenous dance performance.
Food trucks and caterers will sell cuisine from around the world, along with water and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from event sponsor Patritti Wines.
Concert-goers goers can also bring a picnic.
Gates open at 5pm, with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performing between 7pm and 9pm.
Up to 5000 tickets are available, with discounts for Marion residents.
Find out more and book

Glenthorne National Park Open Days
Are you curious to see how the plan for Glenthorne National Park is taking shape?
The next Glenthorne Open Days are happening on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of October.
Join a ranger-guided walk around the Glenthorne property to see what's planned and view artist's impressions of what the new park will include. Previously our ranger-guided walks booked out quickly, so visit Eventbrite to register and go in the draw to win one of ten parks passes.
Come early and experience a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony hosted by Kaurna Traditional Owners, and hear from The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs.
You'll also have the chance to see our landscape architects present the master plan, enjoy snacks and refreshments available for purchase, get up close and personal with native animals, and experience fun, free, and family-friendly activities including geocaching with Nature Play SA and cultural activities hosted by the Kaurna community.
Gates open at 5b Majors Road O'Halloran Hill from 10am on both days, for a 10.30am start.
Ample parking will be available in front of the property along Majors Road.
Visit Eventbrite to book your place or for more info.


Get your digital swimwear ready, and dive into The rock pool!
The rock pool is SA's new coast and marine online hub, connecting people, schools and communities to information on South Australia's coastal and marine environments.
It links people to information on:
- SA's marine and coastal catchments
- marine and coastal places to visit
- getting involved
- education resources
Supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and Conservation Council SA.


An electric vehicle display and drive/ride day where YOU can have an electric experience.

Sunday, October 20, 2019
10am - 4pm
Location:   111 Franklin St. Adelaide,  South Australia

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.