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Issue 41,
June 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!

If you have events, articles, projects that you would like to share with the local community, contact environment@marion.sa.gov.au
 
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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop 
Would you like to know more about how to prune your fruit trees? Come along to this practical workshop at Clovelly Park Community Garden to learn the basics of fruit tree pruning. Skillful pruning will help you care for the health of your fruit trees and maximise their yield for next season.

There will be a short tour of Clovelly Park Community Garden and an opportunity to put your pruning skills into practice.  The workshop will be run by Steven Hoepfner , an experienced orchardist and local garden developer. Bookings are essential. 

When: 1-4pm, Sunday 30 June
Where: Clovelly Park Community Garden, Clovelly Park Primary School, 1 Renown Place, Clovelly Park
Cost: Free
 

Get Ready for Plastic Free July
Do you feel like you should be doing something to address the important problem of excessive plastic waste?
Plastic Free July encourages you to avoid single use plastics for the month of July. The focus is the plastic stuff we use once, very briefly, and then throw in a bin. It's a great way to pay attention to what plastic we consume and spend July trying to find alternatives that work for you and your household.  Take the 2019 challenge! Jump online and register at  www.plasticfreejuly.org/register

Choosing to be part of the solution, you can act by:
  • Avoiding products in plastic packaging (choose alternatives)
  • Reducing where possible (opt for refills, remember your reusable shopping bags)
  • Refusing plastics that escape as litter (e.g. straws, takeaway cups, utensils, balloons)
  • Recycling what cannot be avoided
It may seem small, but even if you pick just one thing, it can set up a lifelong habit that creates lasting change in your life of less plastic.
 
Have a look at www.plasticfreejuly.org for loads of information, inspiration and to sign up.
 
Plastic Free July Hand-On Workshop

More consumers are concerned about where and how the things we consume are made and their environmental and social costs. In this workshop, you will learn about green cleaning products and  make their own bees wax wrap, clothes washing liquid, all purpose cleaner and dishwashing liquid.  

It's a fun morning and you get to take the knowledge, experience and recipes so you can share this knowledge with your friends.  All equipment and materials are supplied.

When: Saturday 6 July, 10am-12pm
Where: Glandore Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
Cost: $15
 
Help Bring Back the Butterflies



Learn how the Bringing Back the Butterflies project connects neighbourhoods and supports education for sustainability.
Find out about local native plants that our indigenous butterflies and caterpillars need to survive and how you can attract them to your area. 

You can also help to plant a new native garden at the Glandore Neighbourhood Centre for everyone to enjoy.  A free morning tea is provided at the end of the session.
 
When: Saturday 13 July, 10am-12pm
Where: Glandore Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
Cost: Free
 
Have Your Say on Council Services
We want your feedback on Council services such as bin collections, neighbourhood centres, libraries, roads, playgrounds, reserves, events and footpaths.
 
The City of Marion annual community survey aims to gauge the level of satisfaction with services and identify areas for improvement.
 
To find out more, visit the Making Marion website:
 
Survey closes: Friday 28 June
 
How do you use green space?
Well planned and designed public and private green spaces are key to the health and wellbeing of people and the natural environment, as well as the local economy. 

SA Health is conducting a Better Greener survey to find out more about urban green space. They are looking to find out how it is used and why it is important to the community.  The survey closes soon so don't miss the chance to have your say. 
 
EPA Community Workshop in Hallett Cove

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is conducting a dust study for the Hallett Cove residential area and Lonsdale industrial precinct. They plan to install dust monitors in these areas from June onward. 

The EPA is hosting a community workshop to explain how the dust monitors work and demonstrate the data that the equipment produces. The EPA will also be seeking community input to determine the optimal locations for the monitors.
 
When: Wednesday 19 June, 6-8pm
Where: The Cove Civic Centre, 1 Raggamuffin Drive Hallett Cove
RSVP to the EPA: engage.epa@sa.gov.au or phone 8124 4216
 
Native Bees in Your Garden
Want to learn about native bees and how to encourage them in your garden? Join Jenny Deans for a hands on workshop to find out how to attract and care for native bees in your backyard. You will discover what native bees look like, their role in conservation and food security and what they need to thrive.  In the practical component of the workshop you can make a 'Bee B&B' from recycled materials to take home to your garden. This workshop is booking fast so be quick to nab yourself a spot!

When: Monday 1 July, 7-8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, 245 Sturt Road, Sturt
Cost: Free
 
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.