June, 2020 - Issue 52
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In this month's edition....
  • Greening Marion workshops
  • FREE online Making Wheat Bags Workshop and more...
  • Climate Action Workshop
  • Native Bees in your backyard
  • Meet the Environmental Sustainability Team from the City of Marion
  • Veggie Gardening for Dummies
  • CERES weekly winter webinar
  • COVID-19 and Climate Change - webinar series
  • SA Climate Ready Regions webinars
  • Oaklands Wetland - a refuge for endangered fish
  • World Localisation Day
Be a part of something bigger

Jump into workshops that take a big picture view of greening efforts in Marion, Oaklands Park and Park Holme.
The workshops are part of  Greening Marion , a trial project using a new,  collaborative approach  to help people work together for greener, cooler and more sustainable suburbs.

Two workshops. Interactive and online.
The workshops are for people who are already involved in a greening activity, as well as those curious about starting (or bringing in) something new to Marion, Oaklands Park and Park Holme suburbs.

'Greening activities' can be ‘on the ground’, such as community gardens, workshops and tree management, or even ‘on the administration side’, like developing policies, grants and plans. They're projects, services or initiatives that help to make the area greener.

It would be great if you could make it to both workshops!

Discovery workshop
  • 10am – 12pm, Friday 12 June via Zoom.
  • We’ll explore findings from conversations from the first stage of Greening Marion, where we looked at how current greening efforts fit into the bigger picture.
  • We'll also create a collective vision of how we all want to experience greener, more sustainable suburbs.

Strengthening workshop
  • 10am – 12pm, Friday 19 June via Zoom.
  • We’ll tweak and adapt current greening activities, or consider bringing new ones into the mix, to make our whole system stronger.

Please note: these workshops are to specifically focus on activities that impact or influence greening in the Greening Marion pilot area – Marion, Oaklands Park and Park Holme suburbs.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

Register today
Keen to join in? Register and we’ll be in touch closer to the date with some more information – including a summary of what we've learned through the interview stage.

FREE online Making Wheat Bags workshop
Join Folk of all Trades for a live workshop on making your own Sauerkraut. Shewill 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 ( www.facebook.com/folkofalltrades )**

Join Folk of All Trades live at 1pm (SA time) on Friday 12 June 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 folkofalltrades@gmail.com 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 19 June - Natural Homes: Plants, Natural Fibres and Connecting to Nature

Friday 26 June - Making Hand Warmers
Climate Action Workshop

It's time to act!

Start today by choosing actions that inspire you.

Make changes in your own households and communities inspired by 52 Climate Actions.

In these sessions you will:

  • Identify climate actions you can take
  • Learn how to get going
  • See how your actions fit into the big picture of collective change
  • Create a network of like-minded individuals, households and families.

Join Keri Chiveralls and Lachlan McKenzie for two 1.5 hour sessions, over two weeks.

Session #1: Individual and household actions
Wednesday 10 June, 7 - 8:30 pm

Session #2: Community actions
Wednesday 17 June, 7 - 8.30 pm

Native Bees in your backyard
Explore the special role of native bees and how to attract these pollinators to your garden in this online workshop.

Join Jenny Deans to discover:
* what native bees look like, and where they live
* the importance of native bees in our environment
* how to make a bee hotel
* how to create a bee garden to attract native bees
* how to care for our native bees

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions during the session, and we will send notes and links to all registrants via email following the session.

WHEN: Thursday 18 June - 12pm

Brought to you by the City of Mitcham and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
Meet the Environmental Sustainability Team from the City of Marion
Each edition we will profile a different staff member. Today we introduce you to.....

Dani Austin (Community Gardens Coordinator)

What you do in your role: I support the seven (and counting!) community gardens within City of Marion. I am often creating and collating resources and events for the community gardens to help them grow – both food and their community. Part of my role is also troubleshooting any issues they have as there has sadly been theft of plants in the past, but equally there are many exciting projects they need support with. You’ll normally find me liaising with garden members, working with other local councils on shared projects, chatting to internal staff (shout out to the wonderful open space team), and if I’m lucky, getting my hands dirty in the community gardens.

Something interesting about you : I am an immigrant to Australia and am now an Australian citizen. After arriving eight years ago my interest and involvement in Kaurna culture has been steadily growing, and has inspired me to connect to all my ancestors and so have started learning to play the fiddle – my I hope musical celtic ancestors would be proud.

Veggie Gardening for Dummies

Are you imagining becoming an urban farmer and growing fresh, tasty veggies in your own garden but don’t know where to start?

Join Karen Montgomery of Kspace live via webinar as she walks us through the basics from seed to harvest. Learn about soil preparation, fertilisers, propagation and what to plant where.

CERES - Weekly Winter Webinars

Conversations with thinkers, lovers and makers in a post-COVID world. 

Tuesdays in June from 1pm - 2pm 

Put CERES' weekly conversation hour in your calendar. Get inspired by local legends of permaculture, new economics, regen-ag and climate change education. 

In June the program will include moderated Q&A panels featuring local legends with globally relevant ideas about regenerative futures. 

Warm your hearts, bring your lunch and reimagine a better future post-COVID!
COVID 19 and Climate Change - Webinar Series
Australian National University
As countries have taken drastic measures to curb the spread of the virus, comparisons have arisen between the global response to COVID-19 and climate change. Despite their fundamental differences, they are both significant global challenges that require immediate action based upon scientific evidence.

So how and why have our responses differed, and what can we learn from the handling of COVID-19 to apply to our response to climate change?'

Join this new online event series delivered by the Australian National University, COVID-19 and Climate Change, to discuss these questions and more with leading researchers in the area.

SA Climate Ready Regions Webinars
Thursday 11 June
Mark Robinson Townsville City Council QLD Coordinator – Environmental Systems, Sustainability Solutions and Solar Cities Topic “Integrating and amplifying sustainability and resilience: A community-business framework for collaboration, learning, innovation and action” and Dr Mark Siebentritt Director and General Manager, South Australia Edge Environment Topic “What does the corporate response to climate change mean for climate ready regions?”

Thursday 18 June
“South Australian Perspective” Martin Haese Chairman of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and Jen St Jack – South Australian Regional Climate Partnerships Central Coordinator

Thursday 25 June
“SA Regional Perspective” Anne Moroney – CEO RDA Barossa Light Gawler Adelaide Plains Topic “Getting traction on the ground with climate change action”, Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray- Associate Professor Adelaide University Topic “Community adaptation to climate change” and Dr Kristine Peters KPPM Strategy Topic “Capacity building to develop resilient communities.”

Held in partnership with the Adaptation Practitioners Network who share and showcase climate resilience work being undertaken across South Australia.
Oaklands Wetland - a refuge for endangered fish

Oaklands Wetland will be a refuge for small-bodied freshwater fish endangered by the drought.

Southern Purple-spotted Gudgeon, and potentially Yarra Pygmy Perch, will be bred in tanks and ponds before being released into the wetland.

Introduced fish species will be removed prior to the small-bodied fish being released into the wetland.

The project, which is a partnership between the City of Marion, Greening Adelaide, Flinders University, and Aquasave – NGT, aims to secure the long-term survival of the threatened species.

Visitors to the award-winning Oaklands Education Centre will be able to view small-bodied freshwater fish in a demonstration tank.

Photo courtesy of M Hammer. .
World Localisation Day

A world-changing programme of inspirational talks, interviews, films, humour and music.

Streaming at 6pm Sydney.

After COVID-19,
we can return to stressful disconnected lives and climate catastrophe
we can slow down, scale down and rebuild our connections to each other and to the Earth.
This pre-recorded event will include Talks, Discussions,Music,
and interspersed with Celebrity Endorsements, Animations and Political humour.

There will also be a Q&A forum and a live chat.
Feel free to forward this email to interested family, friends or networks.
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