April, 2020 - Issue 50
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In this month's edition....
  • Checking in...
  • Where are they now??
  • Making Soap - Green Living Live Workshop Series
  • Climate Ready Communities Training
  • City Nature Challenge
  • New online course aimed at reducing global warming
  • Better Bin Service
  • Nature Play at home
  • Kanopy movie screening
  • City of Marion - Important Coronavirus Information
Checking in....

A lot has changed since our last edition and I just wanted to check in with you.

Our lives have shifted in such a short amount of time and we are all working out how to navigate these choppy waters. And it's OK and normal to feel lost, anxious, scared, overwhelmed and grieve as we miss the way our lives used to be. Talk with your friends, family and community and share the way you feel, chances are, they are feeling something similar to you.

Much beauty still exists in this world and there are many things to be grateful and hopeful for. Neighbours reaching out to support each other with food drops, driveway drinks, teddy bear hunts and dinosaur walks are just some ideas communities have had to stay connected and brighten each others day. Its amazing how creative and supportive we can be when together we face a huge challenge.

Like a sunflower follows the sun across the day....turn your heart towards joy and beauty.
Where are they now??
A big 'hi' to you all from the environmental sustainability team at City of Marion. As you can see we are working from a desk at home or pretending to be on a pacific island, the backyard, the car and Oaklands wetland!

We are still keeping projects moving forward and communities supported, all while taking a crash course in keeping connected online.

As always, send through any ideas or even great things you have seen online that we could do to support our community in this time.
Making Soap - Green Living Live Workshop Series
Join Dani from Folk of all Trades for a live workshop on palm oil free, vegetable oil soap making. We'll 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 it live at 1pm (SA time) on the Friday to ask real-time questions. A recording will be available for two weeks after live streaming.

Follow Folk of all Trades @folkofalltrades on Facebook and Instagram (@folkofalltrades) to see more.

If you have any questions or queries about the workshop 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.
Climate Ready Communities Training -FREE!
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 17 April, 10am - 3pm

Where: Online - in your own home!
City Nature Challenge!

The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe.

Join the challenge from 24 -27 April for as long as you can spare, 5 mins, 1 hour or more!

Find plants and wildlife in your backyard or local reserve and record it using the inaturalist app or website.

Actual scientists, experts or naturalists will help you to identify them!
New online course aimed at reducing global warming

Have some free time? Why not take this free online course?

This online course is part of Pachamama Alliance’s  Drawdown Initiative —a series of workshops that supports participants in finding their unique contribution to reversing global warming.

The Reversing Global Warming online course is just 90-minutes long, and free to take. It’s filled with rich video content, interactive exercises, and will be the first course hosted on Pachamama Alliance’s  Global Commons online community , where participants can connect with others who are also working on solutions to address climate change.
Better bin service

Marion Council will have a new kerbside waste and recycling collection contractor starting from 1 May. Cleanaway will start collecting your waste, recycling and organics bins from this date, as well as the blue lidded public litter bins. The current waste collection contract with Solo Resource Recovery will end on the 30 April. 

There will be no changes to the day your bins are collected, however the time your bins are emptied on collection day is likely to change.
To ensure your red, yellow and green bins are emptied, please place them out the evening prior or by 6am on your collection day.

The benefits of this new contract include:
  • New environmentally friendly garbage trucks with enhanced technology (including the trialling of electric trucks) to deliver the services.
  • Increased waste and recycling education to residents in a bid to reduce recycling contamination levels, and the volume of waste going to landfill.
  • Introduction of an online portal on City of Marion website for residents to request services.
Better tracking of garbage trucks to minimise the chance of not collecting bins.
Until 30 April, please contact Solo Resource Recovery if your bin is not collected, damaged or missing from a new residence you have just moved into, on:
Phone 8295 5077

From 1 May, please contact Cleanaway if your bin is not collected or damaged, on:  
Phone 1800 777 844

Sustainability Sessions Online

Our monthly sustainability event, Common Thread, is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.

But we can stay connected!

Look out for an email inviting you to join our Common Thread Sustainability Sessions Online at the Making Marion website.
Nature Play at home

Looking for ideas to get the kids playing outside? These school holidays are going to be like none other.

Nature Play SA have some fantastic activities you can do at home or in the park, using everyday items.

Sign up to their newsletter to regular updates and ideas!
Thinking about signing up to Netflix? STOP.

Use your City of Marion library card to log in to Kanopy for access to over 30,000 FREE movies in a Netflix style interface.
To stay up to date on important current Council services, visit the Coronavirus - Important Information page on the City of Marion website.
City of Marion is excited to provide the Funding Finder to our community.

This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and residents within the City of Marion.

We are committed to assisting our community to thrive, and the Funding Finder can help you identify grants to support your organisation’s projects and events.
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