May, 2020 - Issue 51
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In this month's edition....
  • Declutter and get organised - sustainable solutions for your 'stuff'
  • FREE online Kimchi workshop and more...
  • FREE ebook : Starting a garden in Adelaide - a guide for beginners
  • What does your garden grow?
  • Explore your local area
  • Online sustainability solutions book
  • Trott Park Community Garden
  • BYO takeaway coffee cup: doing it Covid-19 style
  • Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21
  • Happen Films
  • City of Marion - Important Coronavirus Information
  • Playgrounds - Now Open
Declutter and get organised: sustainable solutions for your 'stuff'

Feeling frustrated with extra ‘stuff’ around your home?
Want to know how you can do all this sustainably?

Join Bridget Johns and Allison Byrne for a FREE webinar on decluttering your home and finding sustainable solutions for your stuff.

Bridget Johns is a declutter coach and life organiser at Be Simply Free. Bridget helps people create systems in their lives to ease their “mental load” and reduce the physical and emotional “clutter” in their homes, calendars and minds so they can move from stress, to less, and live a life of more!

Allison Byrne is the Waste and Recycling Education Officer at City of Marion. Allison will share tips and tricks that make landfill the last option when decluttering your home, shed and garden.

When: 7pm - 8:15pm Monday 18th May

Where: Zoom webinar in your home

This workshop is supported by the Resilient South partner councils (Cities of of Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham and Marion) and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
FREE online Kimchi workshop
Join Sam from Folk of all Trades for a live workshop on making kimchi from scratch. He will cover the process, equipment, materials, plus tips and tricks!

**This workshop will be live streamed for free on the Folk of all Trades Facebook PAGE ( )**

Join Folk of All Trades live at 1pm (SA time) on Friday 8 May to ask real-time questions. A recording will be available for two weeks after live streaming.

If you have any questions or queries about the workshops please contact Folk of all Trades (not the partnering co-hosts) at or 0423172386.

This workshop is supported by the Resilient South partner councils and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. This workshop is for those of you that work, live or play in the Cities of Onkaparinga, Holdfast Bay, Mitcham and Marion.

More upcoming online workshops in the Green Living Series....

Friday 15 May - Indoor Plants

Friday 22 May - Making Sourdough Bread

Friday 29 May - Making Natural Citrus Cleaning Spray

Friday 5 June - Making Sauerkraut

Friday 12 June - Making Wheat Bags

Friday 19 June - Natural Homes: Plants, Natural Fibres and Connecting to Nature

Friday 26 June - Making Hand Warmers
FREE Ebook: Starting a Garden in Adelaide - a guide for beginners

Local Marion resident, garden designer and permaculture enthusiast Nadja Osterstock has just released a FREE ebook on gardening in Adelaide.

This fantastic resource is packed with information; from the basics of garden design to propagation tips, and raised garden beds to fruit tree care. Plus much more!

Download your copy now, get planning and get your hands dirty.
What does your garden grow? Share your photos!
We know people are gardening more now and we would love to know what you are up to?!

I'll go first and share what's happening in my patch of the world....

My new veggie garden is just getting started! We built a new home on our property so have been veggie gardenless (is that a word?) for 12 months. In my excitement, I purchased whatever seedlings I could find and started turning the soil with my daughters. A rather aged collection of seeds were enthusiastically sprinkled everywhere and the girls are now waiting to see what will pop up.

We have cauliflower, lettuce, dill, coriander, broccoli, brussel sprouts and kale seedlings. For the time being I'm just loving having greens to tend to, any harvest will be a bonus.

Send a photo and a few sentences about your garden to
Explore your local area - get adventuring

Carparks for popular walking trails are full. Bike shops have lines out the door.

More people are getting out and about exercising than ever before, it seems!

Some great trails in the City of Marion are:

  • Hallett Cove Coastal Walkway
  • Coast to Vines Rail Trail
  • Marion Historic Village Heritage Walk
  • Mike Turtur Bikeway
  • Sturt River Linear Park Trails

Remember to keep social distancing!
Online sustainability solutions book - now in PDF
RetroSuburbia: The downshifters guide to a resilient future is now available as a download in PDF format.

Retrosuburbia is the gateway to retrofitting your home, garden and life. It will help you create a more resilient future.

The author, David Holmgren, has made this amazing book available as a PDF in a 'pay what you feel' opportunity given the unprecedented times we find ourselves in.
Trott Park Community Garden

Members of a local gardening group haven’t had to stand in a queue to buy seedlings for herbs and vegies like many of us because they’re already ahead of the latest craze to grow more plants at home.

Members of the Trott Park Community Garden are also nurturing their patches despite the challenges of COVID-19.

Rather than meet collectively as usual, the group’s 24 members are making the most of the great weather by tending plots in two-person relays.
The group say now’s the ideal time to plant, broccoli, snow peas, broad beans, and kale.

Their top tips for the not so green fingered are to use a good quality fertiliser, and mulch to keep plants warm and help prevent wind drying out the soil.

The garden’s herbs, including, thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon balm and orgeano and are thriving.

The orchard includes mandarins, oranges, grapefruit, guava, plumbs, and apples. You’ll have to wait a while before they’re ready.

There’s room for a few more people who want to try their hand at growing plants. Find out more and get in touch via the Facebook page  Trott Park Community Garden inc.

The garden is supported by Marion Council.

The group say they practice social distancing and sanitise their hands when entering and leaving the garden, and disinfect the handles of equipment.
BYO takeaway coffee cup: doing it COVID-19 style

Plastic Free SA have released a video on the perfect contactless takeway coffee with a reuseable coffee cup! Check it out on the link below and share it with your local coffee shop.

Did you know the Victorian Government has released information in regard to using reusables during Coronavirus:

'There is currently no evidence to suggest there is any benefit switching to disposables. The most effective measures you can take are practicing good hand hygiene and cleaning with a particular focus on shared frequently touched surfaces'

Visit the Plastic Free SA website for more information.
Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21

The City of Marion is seeking your input and feedback regarding the Draft Annual Business Plan 2020/21.

This process provides you with the opportunity to have your say on the level of service and the activities undertaken by the council before the final budget is adopted.
Grab a cuppa and watch a few short documentaries on sustainability.

Happen Films has a range of short films that are solutions focused and tell stories of people living lightly on our planet.

Explore their blog and podcasts as well.

You'll be inspired.
To stay up to date on important current Council services, visit the Coronavirus - Important Information page on the City of Marion website.
Playgrounds - Now Open

Exciting news – all 90+ playgrounds will be re-opened by early afternoon Wednesday 6th May.

It follows the re-opening of our two skate parks yesterday.

Our crews were out from early this morning removing the ‘closed’ signs and inspecting the playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment following the sites’ forced ‘hibernation’.

When visiting playgrounds, skate parks or outdoor gyms, remember to:
  • Follow social distancing rules of 1.5 metres, while gatherings should be no more than 10 people.
  • Practice safe hygiene and wash hands regularly.

Temporary signage reminding everyone of their responsibilities will be installed at our biggest playgrounds today and progressively at the remaining sites over the coming days.

Thank you for your patience as we work to keep you and your family safe.

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