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Green cleaning with lemons

There is an abundance of lemons at the moment and thousands of ways to use them in the kitchen but have you tried cleaning with them?

Lemons make effective natural cleaners being naturally acidic and antibacterial. Put your lemon scraps to use with our top five green cleaning tips with lemon:
  1. Wipe your cutting board down with half a lemon, and then rinse with water. The lemon will remove built up stains and odours.
  2. Place a quarter of a lemon and half a cup of water in a microwave proof bowl and microwave on high for 90 seconds. Remove the bowl and wipe down the microwave. The condensation from the lemon will help dislodge grime and leave your microwave lemon-y fresh.
  3. For an all-purpose cleaner, add one part vinegar to one part water and a squeeze of lemon juice. Pour into a spray bottle and use on kitchen counters, in the shower and bathroom basin.
  4. To give your clothes a natural lemon scent, put your lemon scraps in a zipped up lingerie bag and throw into the washing machine with your next load.
  5. Cut up a lemon and pop it in your kettle. Fill with water and boil. Let sit overnight then rinse it out, now your kettle will be clean, fresh and scale free.
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Still have too many lemons or other produce? Jarrahdale Primary School has a Glut Cleaning team that will accept your excess fruit and veggies for use in their school cooking classes. All donations will be happily exchanged for a jar of jam, chutney or marmalade produced by the school. Call 9525 5157 or 0448 768 003 for more information.

Switched on homes

The innovative energy efficiency trial undertaken by Switch your thinking has now wrapped up. In 2015, Switched on Homes trialled the effectiveness of different energy efficiency measures with 240 volunteer households across the south east of Perth. To find out more about the trial including the most effective energy efficiency measure, visit

As a result of Switched on Homes, we are now delivering free energy efficiency tips by SMS to registered participants once a month. You can register here.

City of Armadale Streamcare

Free native plants are available for City of Armadale residents who have a stream on, or near, their property as part of the Streamcare program. Streamcare has assisted hundreds of Armadale landowners care for the local riverside environment since it started in 2002.

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Lions recycle for sight

Mundijong Library is now accepting used eyeglasses and sunglasses thanks to the Lions Recycle for Sight program ran by the Lions Club of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program operating throughout Australia and overseas. Recycle for Sight Australia has collected thousands of pairs of used eyeglasses and sunglasses. The program distributes regraded eyeglasses to many parts of the world for distribution to people in need.


Sustainability in the early years

Tuesday 7 June
9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Baker’s House, 10 Meander Drive, Harrisdale

At this free workshop we'll introduce what sustainability means in an early learning service and how it fits in with the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework.

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Odd fodder 'bush tucker' workshop

Saturday 11 June
10:00 am
Canning River Eco Education Centre, Corner of Kent Street and Queens Park Road, Wilson

Our bush food workshop is designed to introduce you to the abundance of native foods and show you how to cultivate and integrate them into your own backyard or balcony garden.

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Recycled art

Saturday 11 June
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Amherst Village Library, 2 Holmes Street, Southern River

Join environmental artist Calvin Chee in turning junk into free forms and beautiful recycled art.

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Reducing waste together

Tuesday 21 June
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Seville Grove Library, Seville Grove

Come to this workshop to be inspired and equipped to begin or continue your waste reduction journey in your early learning centre.

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Turtle talk

Wednesday 8 June
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Belmont Resource Centre, Faulkner Park, Cloverdale

Learn more about the long-necked turtle (Chelodina oblonga) that inhabits the City's local lakes and wetlands.

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Day to day sustainability in early years settings

Saturday 11 June and Saturday 18 June
1:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Canning River Eco Education Centre, Corner of Kent Street and Queens Park Road, Wilson

Introducing what sustainability means in an early learning service and how it fits in with the National Quality Standards and the Early Learning Years Framework.

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Oceans and our world of water

Thursday 16 June
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, Groat Street, North Beach

To celebrate World Ocean's Day, come along to hear about pollution and solutions.

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Growing from seed

Saturday 25 June
9:30 am
Mundijong Public Library, 10 Paterson Street, Mundijong

An opportunity to learn about the SJ Seed Swap and share ideas about collecting, saving and growing vegetables from seed.

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