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Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi Western
A huge thank you to all our wonderful Earth Carers who have helped in big and small ways to spread the message of 'full lives, empty bins!' We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful, safe and green tinged holiday season. 

A little staff update, after her bike accident Rebecca is recovering well and pretty much back to her old self! Phew! She is now relaxing in New Zealand on her family holiday. Gabs is settling in beautifully and has so many good ideas we have had to get ourselves a 'brilliant ideas' whiteboard for the office! 

We are really looking forward to next year and all the fantastic events coming up in 2013 - especially Less is More!

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: Gabrielle, Amy & Rebecca

End of Year Party 
Thanks everyone for coming along and enjoying pizza and great company! Despite the threatening weather, a great time was had by all.

        

                   


Cash for Containers in Cottesloe

If the enthusiasm of kids is anything to go by, the Cash for Containers legislation has a good chance of success! At the Hullabaloo Festival, Earth Carers and Town of Cottesloe staff had dozens of kids lining up to exchange their empty drink container for a 10c refund. A total of 1,110 containers were collected on the day.

At the second event at Cottesloe beach, schools were invited to bring along containers to raise funds. Seven schools participated bringing a combined total of  3,841 containers, with a further 2,816 collected by individuals and passers by. From the Town of Cottesloe, Earth Carers, Two Hands and the Conservation Council WA, a huge thank you to all our volunteers and container collectors! 

The petition to support a Cash for Containers Scheme is still open - please register your support!





Summer of Sew

After our successful Make Do and Mend session in October (see pics below), Jacqui, one of our Earth Carers volunteers, wanted to continue it all summer - 'The Summer of Sew'! So join Earth Carers volunteers this summer for free, casual mornings of mending, sewing and chatting! 

When: Every Saturday morning in January starting 5 January
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Where: Grove Community Centre, Community Room
Please bring: Sewing project and gear (there will be equipment to share)

Morning tea provided, all welcome!

For more info call Amy on 0432 317 150


Outdoor Movie Dive!

Our first free outdoor movie for 2013 is the beautiful documentary Dive. Inspired by a curiosity about a country's careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles. Here is the trailer

When: Friday 18 January. 6.30pm for picnic, 7.30 for screening
Where: Outside WMRC Earth Carers office, Corner Marine Pde and Warton St, Cottesloe
BYO Picnic and blanket, bean bag etc 


Less is More Festival 2013

Emma, Lindsay and team are busy planning Less is More - it's shaping up to be a cracker of a festival: 'A day of workshops designed to inspire living without spending.'

Join us at the Grove Library on Saturday 16th February 2013 for a workshop series in all things sustainable and super fun, with not a dollar or cent in sight! Workshops will be running on a variety of different topics such as ginger-beer and lemonade making, baking bread, waterwise gardening, keeping chooks and living plastic free. Join us for a lifestyle revolution...buy less, and have more time, more fun, and more LIFE!

When:  Saturday 16th February 2013 9.30am – 5pm
Where: Grove Library, Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove WA 
Cost: FREE!

Don't forget to like Less is More on Facebook to keep up to date with the event! 

We will be putting a call out for volunteers early next year...


Earth Carers Course March 2013
 
We have scheduled our next Earth Carers Course for next year. So if you haven't already had the full Earth Carers 'experience', join us! We cover the whole story of our waste (and how to reduce it), green cleaning, composting, tours of waste and recycling facilities and more!

When: First session is Wednesday 13 March (three Wednesday evenings and two Saturday mornings)
Where: Various venues in the western suburbs
Cost: Free!

Register by calling us on 9384 4003 or emailing earthcarers@wmrc.wa.gov.au

 



Earth Carers in Action
This month's Earth Carers in Action are Emma and Lindsay who have been working behind the scenes to prepare for Less is More. These dedicated women are organising volunteer facilitators, venues, promotional material and more to bring the community an awesome event! Well done!

Below is a photo of the ginger beer demo from Less is More 2012.


Did you see the article in the Post?
Last week the Post Newspaper published the article 'Nedlands 'like an unfaithful groom'. The article refers to the fact that the City of Nedlands Council has resolved to seek Expressions of Interest for its waste disposal service.

The City of Nedlands has used the WMRC's Transfer Station in Shenton Park for many years and had provided strong indications they would continue sending their residents waste to the WMRC's facility for waste processing.

The City of Nedlands' decision to seek Expressions of Interest may result in cheap landfill 100km away being selected at the expense of sustainable waste processing around the corner. A decision by the City of Nedlands to not continue using the WMRC's facility will also result in the withdrawal of Nedlands from the Earth Carers programme which will provide a significant financial strain on the programme.

WMRC will be submitting an Expression of Interest.


Let's get the word out there!
All of us at WMRC are keenly anticipating the opening of DiCOM next year! We are looking for avenues to share information and promote this fantastic new technology. WMRC staff are available to talk for your community group. If you are a member of a Rotary club, 'friends of' group, church, men's shed etc let us know and we can come and open open your eyes to the world of waste! 

WMRC has a website dedicated to the DiCOM - if you know people who are interested send them this link! 


DiCOM Tours

WMRC will be increasing the numbers of tours early in the new year and we will be advertising dates soon! 


Earth Carers Blog
Gabs, Amy and Rebecca have been sharing our thoughts, successes and failures on our blog. Have a look at Amy's recent post about her family's complicated Secret Santa efforts!


Australia Day Volunteering
Australia Day fireworks are fun for a lot of people…but they’ve also resulted in a lot of rubbish!

The City of South Perth is one of the councils around the Swan River wanting to put an end to this. They are calling for volunteers to assist them with their recycling station on the South Perth foreshore on Australia Day. People attending the fireworks will be encouraged to bring waste-free picnics and will be given bags for their recycling by South Perth staff. Volunteer work will involve manning the South Perth recycling station (in a safe family area) for a few hours, checking the bags of recycling that people bring to the station and rewarding recyclers with a free camel ride voucher. Free transport, catering, and clothing will be available for volunteers. City of South Perth will donate a fee to volunteer programs assisting them.


If you’re interested, contact Marie-Louise Hunt at the Waste Authority, ph: (08) 6467 5391 Mob: 0414-242531

Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
Email: earthcarers@wmrc.wa.gov.au
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