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Keep your bills down as the temperature drops

The average Australian home uses 40 percent of their energy on heating and cooling. Falling temperatures don’t mean that your bills need to sky rocket. These tips will help keep you on track:
  1. Set the temperature on your heater to 18 degrees or cooler. Every degree warmer uses ten percent more energy
  2. Keep the heat in by closing blinds and curtains and fitting pelmets. You can even make your own pelmets that will help keep the in the warmth in winter and trap the cool air inside in summer
  3. Clean any filters in your air-conditioner and consider having it professionally serviced to ensure it’s running efficiently. Manufacturer’s usually recommend an annual service
  4. Switch off heaters before you go to bed.  If you use an electric blanket, warm your bed before you get in and then switch the blanket off before you go to sleep
  5. Register to receive a free energysmart SMS from us each month to keep you on track
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Calling all young re-inventors!

Young Re-inventor of the Year 2016 is now accepting registrations!
Register now
Share in $1500 in prizes including worm farms, compost bins, waste avoidance workshops and sustainability books.
The theme for 2016 is Wearable waste! Re-invent rubbish into something you can wear or upcycle old clothes or accessories into something new and send us a photo of your creation by Monday 24 October. It’s that simple.

Entries are accepted from anyone 18 years and under including individuals, community groups, primary and high schools.
Young re-inventor of the year can link to outcomes in science, arts, design and technology and human society and its environment. See links to the Western Australian Curriculum here.
Register now


You’re now allowed to ride your bike on the footpath

…Just another reason to get on your bike!

The State Government has changed the rules around bikes on footpaths and now all cyclists are able to share footpaths with pedestrians. Up until now only riders under 12 were allowed on footpaths.
The change allows more options for people riding with children or for riders that lack the confidence to ride on the road. These changes also apply to e-bike riders. To find out more about cycling and e-bikes, check out Switched on bikes.


Little green steps: Reducing waste together

Tuesday 3 May
3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council Regional Resource Recovery Centre, Canning Vale

Do you ever look at the waste produced at your early learning service? Do you want to produce less waste and help the children in your service learn to reduce, reuse and recycle? Come to this workshop to be inspired and equipped to begin or continue your waste reduction journey
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Vegetable gardening…from the beginning

Saturday 7 May
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School, 20 Wanliss Street, Jarrahdale

Come join us as Stacey Smithers from the Stephanie Alexander Foundation of Jarrahdale Primary School, guides us through the basics of vegetable gardening using the principles of organic permaculture.
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Brixton Street Wetlands walk and talk

Wednesday 18 May
9:00 am 
Brixton Street Wetlands, Alton Street, Kenwick

Friends of Brixton Street Wetlands invite you to a free guided walk and talk with Kate Brown from the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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Great food gardens

Thursday 26 May 2016
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

This workshop is ideal for gardening enthusiasts who would like to learn more about creating a productive food garden in a more sustainable way.
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Grow and gather: Seed swap

Saturday 28 May
10:00 am
Mandurah Community Gardens, Coodanup Drive, Mandurah

Bring any seeds you've collected (even the loose ones that have been floating around the bottom of the box for years) and we will share and swap. Who knows what gems will come out of our respective collections?

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Living Smart

Wednesday 4 May – Wednesday 15 June
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$80 for seven week course

Canning River Eco Education Centre, Corner of Kent Street and Queens Park Road, Wilson

In the seven week course you will learn practical techniques to make a positive impact on your home and community while creating a happier and healthier lifestyle.
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Coastal forage walk

Saturday 14 May
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Floreat Beach

Ever wondered about the hidden edible delicacies available along the coast? Come along and discover the range of nutrient packed delights that our local coastal areas have on offer.

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Green cleaning: Cleaning with chemistry

Wednesday 25 May
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Victoria Park Library, 27 Sussex Street, East Victoria Park

Cut through the advertising spin of the home hygiene industry with the help of elbow grease and bi-carb soda. Cleaning with chemistry will arm you with a basic understanding of household science and a spray bottle full of natural alternatives to toxic and expensive cleaners.

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Australian seed hunter - future food security

Friday 27 May
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
$5, light refreshments provided

Canning River Eco Education Centre, Corner of Kent Street and Queens Park Road, Wilson

Come to an evening with Dr Ken Street the Australian Seed Hunter, see a highly entertaining documentary about a topic that's vital for the future of the planet.

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SJ Seed swap

In an exciting new collaboration, Mundijong Public Library and Serpentine - Jarrahdale Food and Farm Alliance Inc., are introducing a seed swap project. The free seeds will be available from the Library and seed envelopes will be given to anyone interested in contributing to this project. 

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Are you a resident of the Town of Cambridge?

During May, Town of Cambridge residents can claim a rebate on the purchase of worm farms and compost bins. Residents will also receive a discount on the purchase of native seedlings from Apace Nursery in North Fremantle.
Visit the Town of Cambridge for more information.

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