March, 2020 - Issue 49
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In this month's edition....
  • Resilience in a changing climate: science, health and taking action
  • Sturt River/Warripari Trail Twilight Discovery Walk
  • Oaklands Community Garden Community Open Day
  • Climate Ready Communities
  • Young people have a say on climate change and disaster risks
  • Education at the centre of Oaklands Wetland
  • Cooler Greener Edwardstown
  • Demystifying Solar
  • Food Democracy
  • Food Systems Change
  • Awesome Foundation Grants
  • Harmony Week at the Ganesha Temple
  • Textile artist and writer opportunities
Resilience in a changing climate: social progress, health and taking action

How we prepare for, anticipate and respond to a changing climate is a complex conversation in our community right now. Hear from a panel of fascinating presenters as we shed some light on social progress, health and wellbeing, and taking action.

Dr Cobi Calyx from Centre of Social Impact , will discuss how the new Australian Social Progress Index relates to climate change.

Bronwyn Paynter from Flourish nature based Occupational Therapy will talk about the emotions we experience around climate change and how nature supports our health and wellbeing.

Ruby from Shift Australia will talk about how we can get involved in our community and democracy to create large-scale, systemic change to challenge the status quo and shift the power back to citizens.

When: Monday 6 April, 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre
Cost: FREE

Sturt River/Warripari Trail Twilight Discovery Walk
The Sturt River/Warripari Linear Trail is a shared use trail that meanders along the Sturt River and contains significant cultural, historical and environmental sites as well as a  plethora of flora and fauna. 

The City of Marion’s Valuing Marion’s Nature and Move it Marion programs are teaming up to conduct a discovery walk exploring 1.5km of this magnificent trail. Along the way there will be 3 brief stops where participants will learn about the local nature, history and cultural significance of the area.

 The walk is approximately 3km return and will be conducted at a moderate pace.

When: Tuesday 31 March, 6 -7:30pm
Where: Oaklands Estate Reserve
Cost: FREE
Join the Oaklands Community Garden and Bringing Back the Butterflies to help plant a new butterfly garden!

Stay for morning tea and discover more about the butterflies in your garden.

When: Saturday 14 March, 9:30am - 12noon

Where: Oaklands Community Garden @ 8 Oliphant Ave, Oaklands Park

All Welcome!
Do you know how Climate Change will impact you, your community and the things you love?

Are you wanting to understand the difference between climate mitigation and adaptation?
If you're curious about how we can prepare and adapt for changes in our climate as a community, you can join our group of Climate Ready Champions.

When: Friday 3 April, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Where: Brighton Civic Centre, 24a Jetty Road, Brighton

Young people have say on climate change and disaster risks

Australia's young people will have their say on climate change, disasters and resilience in the most comprehensive survey to target the next generation on the important issues.

Looking for hands on education?

The Oaklands Education Centre is a purpose build facility for education, research and studies into wetlands.

Facilities are FREE to use and provide a unique experience for STEM students, researchers, government agencies, environmental groups and members of the Aboriginal community.

Cooler, Greener Edwardstown
Marion Council will begin planting 100 mature trees, installing 75 tree inlets and educational signs as part of a plan to revitalise the area.

The Edwardstown Green Infrastructure Project seeks to improve the appearance of streets and provide shade and habitat for wildlife while reducing the impact of heat.

Work will be undertaken on Woodlands Terrace, Furness Avenue, Deloraine Road, Dunorlan Avenue and adjoining streets.

The project will cost $169,964. Council is funding 50 per cent of work, and the State Government the balance with a grant from the Department of Environment and Water.
Demystifying Solar
Finn Peacock is a respected solar expert and ex CSIRO engineer from SolarQuotes who recently shared his 7-step process to getting tiny bills with solar.

Finn will help you:
  • make an informed decision about how to go solar
  • discover how many panels are needed
  • which panel brands to buy, which to avoid, and how to find a great installer
  • how to make the most of solar system to minimise bills
  • best timing to get solar batteries

Food Democracy

I n a global, industrialised food system decisions are being made every day about what we eat, when, where and how. As food consumers how do we get a say in the way our food system operates?

As food consumers living in a democracy, we have a right to say how our food system could be improved, and to take steps – however small – to improve the system. This event will explore how democracy can be used to empower citizens to have choices and to find greater satisfaction in the food we eat.

Join Dr Sue Booth as she introduces the idea of food democracy, enabling food consumers to become food citizens.

When: Saturday 4 April, 2pm
Where: UniSA City West Campus
Cost: FREE

Food Systems Change
Join us to look at how we can all strengthen Adelaide's local food system and plan for the future of our food.

This event will include:
  • A presentation by Jake Claro, Director of the Vermont Farm to Plate Plan on the plan's achievements and challenges
  • An interactive Q & A session with local systems innovators: Sharon Zivkovic, Wicked Lab Co-founder and Christy Spier, SA Urban Food Network Facilitator.

W hen: Wednesday 25 March, 12:30pm for lunch, 1-3pm

Where: The Watershed Cafe, 665 Salisbury Highway Mawson Lakes

Want a $1000 with no strings attached?

The Adelaide Chapter of the Awesome Foundation grants $1000 every single month with zero strings attached.

Change makers, creatives, community organisations and individuals who want to make a difference can apply with their idea and how you plan to spend the money.

The Ganesha Temple celebrates Harmony Week with an open day for the community to experience this unique cultural landmark in Marion.

Visitors will learn about the history, art, architecture and Hindu faith in this special event. There will be a panel of specialist speakers, performers and a short video.

When: Saturday 28 March, 3-5pm
Where: Ganesha Temple, 3A Dwyer Rd, Oaklands Park, near Oaklands train station

Textile artist and writer opportunities
City of Marion currently has two opportunities available for a SA based textile artist and a writer to work with our community to create public art.

To find out more and read the artist briefs, please visit

Expressions of Interest must be received by 5pm Monday 6 April, 2020.
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