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Spring water savings

Perth’s winter sprinkler ban has been lifted and now is a great time to consider ways to maintain water savings around your home and garden.

You can’t change what you can’t measure. Refer to your water bill to measure your usage or check out the Water Corporation’s Water Use Calculator. Then try these tips to cut your use:
  1. Fix leaks around the house. A leaking toilet can waste 25 litres a day or a whopping 9125 litres of water a year. The Water Corporation publishes a list of waterwise plumbers if you need a professional.
  2. Think twice before reaching for the tap. Creative water savings can include one pot meals and running the fan only on your evaporative air conditioner. 
  3. Mulch. If you live on the Swan Coastal Plain you probably have sandy soil which will lose moisture quickly. Improve your soil by applying five to ten centimetres of mulch. You can shred your own mulch or check with your Council to see if they have a free or discounted mulch service.
  4. Keep it covered. If you have a pool or spa, use a pool blanket. Not only will this reduce water evaporation by up 55 litres per day in summer, it will keep your pool or spa warmer and cleaner.  Switch your thinking offers discounts on pool covers through Rewards for Residents.
  5. Choose drought resistant or native plants and try to group plants with the same water needs together. Water once on your assigned watering day.
Find more water saving tips here

Cutting kitchen waste

Friday 9 September
9:30 am – 7:30 pm
Yanchep Community Centre

Learn about the problem of food waste and how you can take action from your very own kitchen. 

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Bushcare's major day out

Saturday 11 September
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Homestead Park, Canning River, Thornlie

Donate yourself to Landcare and help celebrate Bushcare’s major day out.

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Solar battery storage

Wednesday 21 September
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Clean NRG, Osborne Park

Real questions and real answers from Perth’s solar energy experts.

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Breakfast with the birds at Mary Carroll Park

Sunday 25 September
7:30 am – 10:00 am
Mary Carroll Park, Gosnells
Gold coin donation

Join Dave James from Birdlife WA and take a stroll to watch waterbirds feed, learn about nesting, mating, and feeding and observe young on nests. Then enjoy a healthy breakfast while listening to the chorus of bush birds.

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Pinjarra garden day

Sunday 2 October
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Edenvale Homestead, Pinjarra

Come along and discover the health and well being benefits of gardening for all ages in the beautiful surrounds and gardens of the historic Edenvale Homestead.

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Nourishing soils

Saturday 10 September and
Sunday 11 September
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School
Cost: $110

If you want a beautiful and productive garden, you need to start with a nourished soil. This workshop will help you understand your soil microbes and create good soil biology and teach you everything you need to know about worm farming and composting.

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Wednesday wetland walks

Wednesday 14 September
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Brixton Street Wetlands, Kenwick

This small conservation area contains an amazing 307 plant species, including numerous sundews, orchids, flannel flowers and trigger plants yet several species are threatened with extinction.

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Decluttering: All you need is less

Friday 23 September
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Sprout Hub, Alkimos

Investigate strategies to get your home organised with less 'stuff' and practical tips to keep it that way.

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Eye to eye with a reptile

Sunday 2 October
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mary Carroll Park, Gosnells
Gold coin donation

Join environmentalist Marc Lane from Armadale Reptile Centre and get up close and personal with a snake or lizard. Learn all about reptiles and then enjoy a stroll, while looking for the habitats of reptiles around a seasonal wetland.

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