Edition 60 | April 2021
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Trees for small spaces
Looking for the perfect tree for a tricky space?

Want a cool place to relax? Or simply add a splash of colour to your garden?

Join Chris Lawry (Urban Forest Officer, District Council of Mt Barker) as we cover what you need to know about selecting and planting the right tree for a small space.

Attend in person OR online via the Marion Cultural Centre Facebook page.

Wednesday 26 May, 7pm @ Marion Cultural Centre
BLUE - movie screening
“BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and you will want to rise up with the waves.” – Greenpeace.

BLUE is the story our generation need to hear.

Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.

7pm Wednesday 9 June @ Marion Cultural Centre Theatre

Browse a range of sustainability stalls in the foyer before/after the screening.
Basic irrigation for home gardeners
Presented by members of Trott Park Community Garden, this workshop will provide an introduction to the basic principles of home garden irrigation.

It will focus on planning aspects such as measuring water flow rate and pressure and provide information on selecting tubing, fittings, sprays, drippers and timers.

It will cover how to plan and assemble a simple irrigation system and also provide information on options available for more advanced systems.

Plants will also be available for purchase.

10am Sunday 29 May @ Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre
Personal products to reduce plastic waste workshop
Learn how to make your own moisturiser, deodorant and lip balm.

Get hands on and make a sample to take home.

Please supply a small jar/container for deodorant. Includes two take home reusable containers.

10am Sunday 5 June @ Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre
Bokashi composting workshop
Learn what is involved in this alternative composting method which is small scale and the bin can even be kept in the kitchen/ pantry! 
Find out which animal manures are best to use for which crops and...Then, you can direct the rest of the session with questions about how to trouble shoot the problems you may have had with your summer or winter crops and any other food growing topics important to you.

Come prepared with your questions!

9:30am Saturday 29 May @ Glandore Neighbourhood Centre
The Indoor Jungle information session
Come along to an information session with Haidi Sutherland from The Indoor Jungle.

The information session will cover everything about the basics of houseplant care, selection, types of plants, where they come from, watering, pest and disease.

The session will also touch on propagation and rare plant care.

2pm Saturday 12 June @ Marion Cultural Centre
The Work that reconnects
Living in these times of unprecedented challenges, uncertainty and crisis can be isolating and overwhelming.

Yet we are also alive at a time of great possibility, with opportunities for healing, stronger communities and meaningful change.

Join Sophie Hayat as she guides you through The Work That Reconnects, drawing on ancient and new teachings, spirituality, deep ecology, creativity and dynamic group work to empower and inspire us.

10:30am Sunday 13 June @ McLaren Vale
Demystifying electric vehicles
Electric cars are here now!

Find out what's available, the real costs and how far you really can travel. The answers may be surprising.

Presented by Sally Knight who is the current chair of the SA/NT Branch of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA).

2pm Monday 24 May @ Mitcham Memorial Library
Gardening in a changing climate
Hot dry summers and harsh conditions can have a significant impact on our gardens.

Learn about the effects of a changing climate on the garden and how to cope with these challenging conditions.

We will cover water-wise gardening techniques, plant selection, use of endemic species and how to support local native wildlife.

3pm Thursday 27 May @ Mitcham Memorial Library
Climate Ready Communities
Have you been inspired by ABC's Fight for Planet A or Big Weather?

Join us for this two-part face to face training session and learn about local climate impacts, ways to avoid the worst of them and how to get your community ready.

This free training is held over two days so please come along to both Saturday 5th & 12th June. You will learn about:
  • introduction to climate adaptation
  • climate conversations guide
  • champions' action toolkit
  • action planning and next steps
  • meeting other likeminded people in your neighbourhood
  • plus more ideas, resources, networking and events!

This workshop is brought you by Resilient South.

12:30pm - 4pm Saturday 5th & 12th June @ Mitcham
Did you know....
Complete the survey for a chance to win one of three $50 Westfield Marion vouchers

Can you help by sharing this information with your networks?
Marion Council will deliver more than 40,000 kitchen caddies for free to local households from August in a bid to cut the amount of green waste going to landfill.

You are invited to complete a short survey so we can understand how you currently use your green bin.

Residents of City of Marion are invited to complete a short survey to enable us to:
-         Improve food waste recycling
-         Provide the right information so our community understands how to dispose of food scraps

When you’ve completed the survey, you can enter the draw for a chance to win one of three $50 Westfield vouchers.

The survey will be open to May 23, 2021.

This $765,450 project comprises $202,500 of funding from Council and $562,950 from Green Industries SA.

The project is expected to save Council about $200,000 per year in landfill disposal costs in the long-term.
Marion's Draft Annual Business Plan
The Draft Annual Business Plan 2021/22 is now open for community consultation.
There are a number of new initiatives in the plan including an increase in $688,000 to support tree management initiatives within the City of Marion.

You can participate in the community consultation!
Beneath Our Feet - video of Hallett Cove
South Australia is the driest state on the driest continent in the world.

But did you know our landscape was once covered by ice?

How do we know this? Well, the clues are in our rocks.

Senior Geologist Carmen Krapf discusses the wonders of South Australia’s geology and what we can learn about the future.
Climate Change Policy
Did you know the City of Marion's Climate Change Policy was endorsed by Council on Tuesday 11 May?

Thankyou for your comments and feedback.

A copy of the policy is available on the City of Marion website.
Taking action locally
Grassroots Grants
Round two of Green Adelaide's Grassroots Grants has launched with a total of $1 million available for people to improve their local environment across Adelaide’s 17 metro council areas.

Individuals, communities, schools and volunteers can apply for a grant between $2000 and $150,000 to create a cooler, greener, wilder and climate-resilient metropolitan Adelaide.

So, if you have an environmental project idea, Green Adelaide can help turn your idea into a reality.
Is any tree better than no tree?
OPINION: A 3min read where Professor Chris Daniels, Presiding Member of the Green Adelaide Board explains why any tree is better than no tree.
Scholarship opportunity - Waite Arboretum Award
Are you interested in how the trees of Adelaide will respond to climate change, and working with the community to plant trees that will thrive in the future?

The University of Adelaide has a scholarship for a motivated PhD student to work at the Waite Arboretum.
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