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Seeking young people to re-invent waste

Young people will solve problems and put their creativity to the test in Young Re-inventor of the Year 2015! This exciting initiative encourages young people to re-use, re-purpose and up-cycle used items instead of throwing them away. Open to individuals, classes, schools or community groups in Switch your 
thinking Council areas, Young Re-inventor of the Year is accepting registrations now.

This year, Young Re-Inventor of the Year adopts a food theme. Participants are challenged to re-invent rubbish into something new to help grow, package or store food or reduce food waste and submit a photo of their creation. It’s that simple.

All entrants will receive a participation certificate and have the opportunity to exhibit their re-invention at the Canning River Eco-Education Centre in Wilson and on Overall winners will receive a tailored sustainability pack to support them in their waste reduction and sustainability actions.
For more information or to register visit Switch your thinking.

Waste less with Plastic Free July


July is the perfect time of year to reflect on waste. Plastic Free July is an initiative developed in 2011 right here in Perth Western Australia. Last year 14 000 people, schools, businesses and organisations participated across 69 countries.
The idea is simple; participants attempt to refuse single-use plastic during July each year. “Single-use" includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging...basically anything that's intended only to be used once and then discarded. If refusing all single-use plastic sounds too daunting this time, try the top four challenge: Say no to plastic bags, bottles, takeaway coffee cups and straws.
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Plastic Free July

Wednesday 1 July - Friday 31 July

Promise to reduce your use of single-use plastic throughout July. Sign up now to receive information and practical tips.

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Armadale-Gosnells Landcare Group planting days

Saturday 4 July – Sunday 26 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Various locations

Donate yourself to Landcare. Everyone welcome. Join us and help to improve our local environment. Morning tea provided.

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Storytelling and bush tucker

Friday 10 July
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
City of Gosnells Knowledge Centre

Join us for dreamtime storytelling and a bush tucker feast at a one-off event to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2015.

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Frog walk

Wednesday 15 July
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tomato Lake, Oats Street, Kewdale

Join a tour to find the frogs of Tomato Lake, led by Joe Tonga of Natsync Environmental.

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Southern River Community Garden – apply for a plot

Rear of Southern River College on Anaconda Drive, Southern River

The Southern River Community Garden is taking shape as an exciting shared space.

The vision for the garden is to “provide a safe and welcoming place to grow food using sustainable practices.” It is a space where community members can come together for community events and education, garden and food production activities, relaxation, friendship and enjoyment.

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City of Wanneroo community planting days

Sunday 5 July - Sunday 26 July 
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Various locations

The City of Wanneroo is calling on community members to get their hands dirty by helping out during the annual winter planting events.

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Make a fairy garden gate

Thursday 9 July
10:00 am
Wilby Reserve, Wilby Place, Thornlie

Keep the kids busy and outdoors this school holidays with this fairy garden gate making workshop presented by Transition Town Gosnells.

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Which bus or train?

Wednesday 15 July
10:00 am – 11:00 am
City of Vincent Administration and Civic Centre, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville 

Not so long ago we could phone to find out which bus or train to catch. It's now called 'journey planning' and it needs websites, smartphone apps and info-lines. But help is at hand. Come for a very useful talk with Transperth. 

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National Tree Day 2015 – City of Gosnells

Sunday 26 July
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Canning River, Gosnells – opposite the corner of Astley Street and Verna Street 

Come along and help celebrate National Tree Day! This year we’re planting over 10 000 native seedlings to help protect the Canning River in Gosnells.

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