Edition 62 |June 2021
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Upcoming events
Butterfly Gardening
Join Green Adelaide Education Officer, Sam Ryan, as he shares which local butterflies call Adelaide home, and how we can create habitat for them in our gardens.

Sam will teach us what butterflies need, including the types of local plants on which they depend.

Thursday 1 July, 10:30am - 11:30am @ Cove Civic Centre
BLUE - movie screening - TONIGHT
Bring a friend, grab a drink or light snack at the cafe and settle in for a movie.

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

Cafe will be open from 6pm for drinks, coffee, cake and light meals. A small range of sustainability information stalls will be be in the foyer.
Planting events
Join us to help plant for wildlife!

Our plants will assist in attracting birds, butterflies and other native insects in these special places. Find out what plants will also be great for your own garden whilst helping to restore the local habitat.
Thursday 17th June   Upper Field River (Trott Park)
Sunday 20thJune      Lower Field River (Hallett Cove)
Sunday 27th June    Upper Field River (Trott Park)
9.00am -12.00pm. Wear enclosed shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. We will supply the tools, gloves and other safety gear. Bookings essential, details provided upon booking. All COVID-19 protocols in place.

Call Tricia to book your spot - 0407 215 316
Beeswax wraps for Plastic Free July!
This workshop will not only have you create your very own bees wax wrap, you will learn to where to source the best materials and how to care for the wraps you already have at home

Programmed along side the Community Cafe there is an opportunity to grab a coffee and cake as well.

10am - 12noon Saturday 3 July @ Trott Park Neighbourhood Centre

Tickets $15
Summer veggies, it's not too early
Getting your garden ready (it’s not to early) for summer veggies. 
Mary covers topics such as:

  • Preparing the soil
  • Which veg to grow
  • Recognising plant groups
  • Nutrition needs
  • How to fertilise and mulch

There is free time at the completion of this talk to ask questions and wander through the community garden.

9:30am - 11am Saturday 10 July @ Glandore Community 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
Eco Living for Renters
Do you want to make your rental more sustainable?

Learn easy, low cost hacks and meet other renters transforming their places*.

In this interactive short course you will learn and share easy ways to save you time and money. The house tour will give you a chance to see lots of hacks in action.

Sessions will cover how you can save energy and water, grow your own food and habitat gardens, simply manage waste while taking care of your own health and connecting with your neighbours.

10am -12noon Saturday 19 & 26 June @ The Joinery (Franklin St, Adelaide)
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
Water Sensitive Design in your Home and Backyard
Learn how to maximise rainwater harvesting and reuse at home and integrate stormwater and greywater into your garden

This online session will cover:
  • principles of water sensitive design
  • urbanisation and changes to catchment hydrology
  • greywater
  • permeable and porous paving
  • raingardens
  • and more!

7pm - 8pm Thursday 1 July @ online
Trees are Cool workshop - Tree planting
Learn about selecting, planting and caring for trees and plants that are suitable for and/or endemic to the Mitcham hills and plains.

  • Plant selection, soils and aspect.
  • Planting - preparation, planting, aftercare
  • Maintenance - watering, fertilising, pruning
  • Propagation - seed collection, storage, sowing, preparing and planting cuttings

2pm - 4pm Thursday 24 June @ Mitcham Memorial Library
Did you know....
Recycling tip of the month: yellow bin is a no foam zone
Have you recently bought a new TV or furniture item?

Polystyrene foam can be recycled, just not in the yellow bin at home. Instead of sending the foam packaging to landfill where it will sit for 500+ years (!) there are some facilities with specialized technology for repurposing this material.
You can take your foam for free drop-off to:
Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre, 32 Scott Creek Road, Heathfield (drop off 7 days per week 9am-4pm)
Other locations you can also drop it off for recycling are:

1. Electronics Recycling Australia, 301 Grand Junction Road Ottoway (drop off weekdays 8am-4pm only)

2. NAWMA’s Resource Recovery Centre, ( drop off any day of the week), gate 3 Bellchambers Road, Edinburgh North.

3. Coolfoam, 25 Barfield Crescent, Edinburgh North (drop off weekdays 8am-3pm only)

4. All Axis, 9 Maxwell Road Pooraka (drop off Monday – Friday 7am-5pm)

5. Return it to the store where you purchased the goods from (eg. Harvey Norman, Good Guys, Bunnings) and ask them to recycle the packaging. This can also encourage retailers and suppliers to choose more easily recyclable packaging such as moulded cardboard instead.
Fruit Fly Outbreak
A new fruit fly outbreak has been declared in Warradale after the discovery of maggots in backyard fruit.

The following City of Marion suburbs are in a RED AREA:
  • Warradale
  • Oaklands Park
  • Marion
  • Sturt
  • Seacombe Gardens
  • Dover Gardens

There are restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables and advice on how to maintain your home garden to reduce the spread of fruit fly.

For more information about the outbreak including a map and restrictions visit the Fruit Fly in SA website
Tree mapping tool launched
A new interactive map has been launched allowing residents to see how many trees are in their street, how much water our trees require, future planting locations, species planted and more.
The mapping tool was launched off the back of an announcement that the City of Marion plans to double our street tree canopy by 2040, with nearly 30,000 trees being planted.

Note: there are some locations where mapping activity is ongoing and therefore some datasets are incomplete.
Locally recycle your toothbrushes and pens
Find a location near you that accepts your non-kerbside recyclable waste!

Terracycle's Community Collection Network now has an interactive map to find a location near you. Simply pop in your postcode or suburb and find a location and view which waste stream it accepts.
Taking action locally
Adelaide Edible Garden Trail grants
Do you have an idea or a project you are trying to get off the ground that involves community participation and / or education in edible gardening?
Thanks to the funds raised from the first Adelaide Edible Garden Trail (proudly supported by Green Adelaide) there are 6 x $500 grants available.
Projects that are new or existing projects intending to expand will be considered.
Eligibility criteria:
• projects that are based on sustainable gardening practices
• projects that encourage sharing of information and produce
• projects that build resilience of the community
• level of hands-on student, school and community involvement
• integration into the school curriculum or community group program to maximise learning about edible gardening
• projects located in Adelaide (Kaurna Country).
Items that won’t be funded: wages, admin and labour charges, travel costs, delivery costs of goods and materials. Artificial plants, flowers and or grass, lawn mowers.
Applications close 21 June 2021 (11.59pm) – to apply please visit this website
Be part of 'Team Marion' - save lives and donate blood
In the last year the City of Marion Lifeblood Team has saved 393 lives. We are proud of the difference we are making, but did you know you don't have to work at the City of Marion to be part of the team. Family, friends, volunteers, in fact anyone can join.
Do you or someone you know want to join us? Just follow the 'Join Team Marion' link and your donation will be added to the team tally.
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