October, 2020 - Issue 55
Welcome to Green Thymes e-newsletter!
So many local events are happening. Please remember to stay COVID safe and let event organisers know if you can no longer attend an event, as there may be people on the waiting list.
In this month's edition....
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Composting at home workshops
  • Sturt River/Warripari Trail Twilight Discovery Walk
  • Garage Sale Tutorials
  • Warriparinga - Come and Learn Day
  • It's National Op Shop Week
  • Online Tree Canopy Map Viewer - New!
  • Big Weather (and how to survive it) ABC Iview
  • Lonsdale and Hallett Cove - dust study findings
  • Stories create communities - help weave Mitchell Park
  • Organic Fertiliser talk
  • Bringing stories of the river to life through art
  • Great Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Butterfly Gardening

An evening of talks and a video on bringing butterflies to your garden.

Join Sam Ryan (Education Officer, Green Adelaide) as we talk about caterpillar food plants and what elements your garden needs to attract butterflies.

Find out how local conservation group ‘Bringing the back the butterflies’ is supporting butterfly populations.

When: Tuesday 13th October, 7pm - 8pm

Where: Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre
Free event, Bookings Essential, please book online
We would LOVE to see you there!


This event is supported by the City of Marion, City of Onkaparinga, City of Mitcham, City of Holdfast Bay and Green Adelaide.

Composting at home
As part of City of Onkaparinga's Composting at Home three part online series, join Chris from Everyday Sustainable Living and discover how to set up and use:

  • a backyard compost bin
  • a worm farm
  • a bokashi

Sessions will be streamed live on City of Onkaparinga's Facebook page and will include live Q&A. They will be able to be viewed for 2 weeks after they are first released.

16 October 1pm - Backyard Compost Bin
6 November 1pm - Worm farm
27 November 1pm - Bokashi
Sturt River/Warripari Trail Twilight Discovery Walk
Last weekend, 34 community members enjoyed an evening walk along the Sturt River, learning about Kaurna culture, biodiversity and local history along the way.

The 'fauna hotel' or 400 year old River Red Gum tree at Kenton Avenue Reserve was a highlight as City of Marion staff, Jock Conlon (Biodiversity Coordinator) and Tom Buzzacot (Cultural Officer) shared stories about the local wildlife, plants and Kaurna cultural significance of this majestic tree.

From playgrounds to native revegevetation and bike paths - there is something for everyone at Kenton Avenue Reserve.
Garage Sale Trail Tutorials
The Garage Sale Trail Tutorials are brought to you by the people behind Garage Sale Trail, Australia's #1 sustainability and community event, and a group over over 115 councils around Australia. It's part of a series dedicated to helping Australians farewell fast fashion forever.

Hop on Zoom and join these FREE events!

Fashion First Aid
When: Saturday 24 October, 2 - 3pm

The Art of Second Hand Shopping and Styling
When: Saturday 7 November, 2 - 3pm

Warriparinga - come and learn day!

Take a day out to visit Warriparinga and the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre on Thursday 8 October.

Choose from three different workshops.

Weaving with the Southern Elders, 12 noon -1pm
Weaving and teachings with Aunty Janice Rigney from our local Southern Elders Weaving Group. With her knowledge, life and cultural traditions you will learn about a variety of different techniques, materials and history - all to do with her personal experience in weaving and practicing cultural traditions.

Aboriginal Art Workshop, 1:30pm - 3pm
Do you want to learn about the symbols in Aboriginal Art?
This workshop will give you an introduction to Aboriginal Art and you will be able to create your own masterpiece to take home with you.

History and Environment Tour, 10am -11:30am
Warriparinga is an important cultural heritage site where Aboriginal and early European heritage sit side by side. For the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, this site is a traditional ceremonial meeting place still used today. Warriparinga is an important part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming.
This 90 minute walking tour of Warriparinga is at a gentle stroll pace. Our Cultural Officer guide will help you to appreciate the natural environment of Warriparinga and the Sturt River as well as understand the history and the significance of Warriparinga.
It's National Op Shop Week!
Monday September 29 - Sunday October 4

This is a great event to support a charity, support your wallet, and support the environment. What a bang for your buck!
There are many ways to get involved – you can spring clean and donate, volunteer, or shop at your local charity op shop.
Check out the National Op Shop Week website where you can quickly search for op shops near you and discover something new.

Online tree canopy map viewer - NEW!

See the trees in your street from above.
Through a partnership between state and local governments, new information on tree canopy cover across Adelaide is now available through the Urban Heat and Tree Mapping Viewer

Council is using the new tree canopy maps along with our existing urban heat maps to target areas for new tree planting e.g. Greening Edwardstown. 

Some key findings from the new tree canopy in the City of Marion include:

  • 43% of the total tree canopy in our council area falls on private land (mainly residential land)

  • 30% of the total tree canopy is managed by City of Marion

  • 27% of council reserve land is already covered by tree canopy

  • 12.5% of residential land is covered by canopy

  • In total, 15% of the land area of the City of Marion is covered by trees

  • In total, 24% of the area of metropolitan Adelaide is covered by trees.
Big Weather (and how to survive it) ABC iview
A new 3-part ABC series hosted again by Craig Reucassel is going to air on October 13th.

The series is about the impacts of climate change & some of the actions we can take to prepare and adapt to extreme weather. ABC has partnered with Red Cross to deliver preparedness messaging and the series is accompanied by digital resources for people to take action in their households and communities. 
Lonsdale and Hallett Cove - dust study findings
You are invited to come along to the next community workshop, to see a presentation by EPA air quality scientists for some updates on major sites in the area.

Tuesday 20 October 2020
6-8pm @ the Cove Civic Centre*
Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove

*RSVP is essential due to security and contact tracing requirements for COVID-19. 
Stories create communities - Help weave Mitchell Park
Want to share a story?

Want to learn new skills?

Want to contribute to the artwork to reflect local community and landscape?

City of Marion is calling for members of the community with a connection to Mitchell Park (past and present) to help shape a community textile piece for the new Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre.

This project is to engage, connect and actively promote participation across residents, students, broader community members and businesses within Mitchell Park and adjoining areas.

No experience necessary – and many different ways to get involved.
Organic fertiliser talk

You are warmly invited to a special presentation by Neutrog Australia about organic fertiliser.

When: Thursday 15th October, 1pm - 3pm

Where: Glandore Community Centre

Bookings essential
Bringing the stories of the river to life through art
‘Reclaiming Sturt River’ is an arts and environmental project.

The project explores the social, cultural and environmental significance of the Sturt River as it winds its way from Warriparinga, through Marion Historic Village, onto Oaklands Estate and further to Morphett Road.
Small sculptures will be produced along the Sturt River Linear Park expressing community ideas about the river, its stories and environmental importance. The arts can help us to express stories of local identity and help us express how we feel about some of the big issues facing our world. These artworks will reflect our local community and highlight our places and the environment in an engaging and exciting way.
We would like to hear from you.

How do you use the Sturt River Linear Park, what does it mean to you and what stories do you have about the river and its surrounds?

We would appreciate your responses to this short survey by 20 October.
The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — whether it's a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

All you need to take part is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space - you don't even have to leave home, making it the ultimate Covid-safe activity! As well as contributing to BirdLife Australia's knowledge of Aussie Birds, you will have the chance to win some great prizes (we'll be revealing those shortly)! Head to the website and register as a Counter today. 
Feel free to forward this email to interested family, friends or networks.
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