Issue 37,
February 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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Single use plastics and can bottle deposit scheme - shape the debate!

The State Government is looking for your input about the impacts of single-use plastic products and improving SA's container deposit scheme. This is great opportunity for you to share your views on these matters by participating in an online survey. There is a separate survey for each subject, although the brief summary discussion paper deals with both topics together.

It's open until 22 February so there's just a few days left to add your voice to the debate.


Community Grants Now Open

Round two of the 2018/19 City of Marion community grants is now open. Multiple grants of up to $2,000 are available as well as grants for $5,000 and one grant for $10,000. Council invites applications for environmental projects through the environmental focus area of the grant program.  Applications are open until Tuesday 12 March 2019.

or contact our Community Development Officer on 8375 6600 or
Friends of Hallett Cove Conservation Park
The Friends of Hallett Cove Conservation Park are a local conservation group who undertake a range of activities to restore the conservation park at Hallett Cove. They meet weekly to do weeding, planting, path maintenance and collect seed from local indigenous plants.

The Hallett Cove Conservation Park has extensive walking trails including the coastal walking trail. The group works hard to make the park a sanctuary for wildlife, and for this reason, dogs are not allowed in the park. The park has a fascinating geological heritage and the group run guided geological walks for schools and other interested groups.
Hallett Cove Conservation park is 'Park of the Month' this February. See the Parks SA website to find out about the various activities you can take part in, including nature journaling, guided ranger walks and smart phone nature photography.
The friends group always welcome new people to help them at "the most beautiful place to volunteer in the world". If you are interested, contact Penny on 0421 871 271 or email

 Visit us at Marion Celebrates

Marion Celebrates is on Saturday 23rd February 2019, 5pm - 9pm at the Marion Cultural Centre. It's a wonderful family-friendly community festival celebrating many cultures and one earth with music and dance from Latin America, Spain, India and Africa.
The City of Marion Environmental Sustainability Team will have a stall at the festival with information and displays about waste, recycling, our coastal areas and marine life. We invite you to drop in and say hello!
For more information about Marion Celebrates visit the City of Marion website.  

Clovelly Park Community Garden

Clovelly Park Community Garden is a small community garden located on the grounds of Clovelly Park Primary School. It has shared garden beds where the gardening group grows organic fruit and vegetables. It is open to members of the school community as well as the wider community.


The group is currently seeking more gardeners and admin helpers. No experience is required. All that's needed is enthusiasm and time to come to the garden for at least an hour a week.

For more information contact Peta on 0434 823 534 or visit

Sustainable Home Design Building and Renovating

Would you like to build a sustainable home or renovate your home to make it more environmentally friendly?

Come along to our first Common Thread workshop for 2019. You'll learn about sustainable design and building principles for residential homes, hear from a local who has applied these principles to his own home, and find out how to navigate Council's planning requirements. There will be three short presentations followed by a panel Q&A.
When: Monday 4 March, 7-8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, 245 Sturt Rd, Sturt
Bookings: via Eventbrite
Climate Ready Forum

How can we be better prepared for our changing climate? Adelaide's Climate Ready Forum brings together speakers, displays and inspiration to help you prepare for climate change impacts, and build networks of resilience.
  • Learn what you can do in the event of power and water outages.
  • Support your health, coping with extreme weather events and adjusting to environmental change.
  • Protect your family, pets and community in challenging conditions.
  • Use your garden to cool, soothe and feed you and your household.
  • Make your home an oasis and sanctuary, keeping heat out in summer and cold out in winter.
  • Learn how plants create resilient habitats for humans and other living creatures.
  • Get connected, informed and organised.
When: Saturday 30 March, 1-5pm
Where: The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide

Wrapping Up the War on Waste

What happens to your recyclables beyond the kerb? Find out about those items that are tricky to recycle and find out what we can all do to reduce, reuse and recycle. Then stay on to create your very own reusable beeswax wrap, learn the techniques behind creating one and how to look after them to extend their life.
This session is part of the Café 25 series of sustainability workshops held on Saturday mornings at Glandore Community Centre.
When: Saturday 16 February, 9:30am-12pm
Where: Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
Cost: $10
Bookings: visit eventbrite or phone 7420 6400 
Marino Bushcare Workshop     

Come along to a bushcare workshop presented by Trees for Life to learn skills to take action for the land you love.

You will learn about:
  • the diversity of native vegetation and basic ecology
  • bush regeneration principles and methods for improving bushland health
  • minimal disturbance bush regeneration techniques
  • working safely in the bush

A local workshop is being held at Marino from 9.30am-4.30pm on Tuesday 19 March. It is free for Trees For Life members. Membership is $55 or $25 Concession.

To register phone 8406 0500, email or visit


Ask Me I'm Green

There is a growing interest in living lightly but it's not always easy to know how to go about it. On the last Tuesday of each month our Environmental Engagement Officer will help answer your queries about all things green. 

Anna will be available to help with your sustainability questions (or at least help you find the answers) on anything from what can be recycled, how to reduce your energy and water bills, going plastic free, and to how to attract birds to your garden. Drop in anytime from 10am to 1pm for a chat about sustainable living.
Where: Glandore Community Centre, 25 Naldera Street, Glandore
When: 10am-1pm on the last Tuesday of the month, starting 26 February

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