Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
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Happy New Year and welcome to our first newsletter of 2012. Thanks to everyone who came along to our end of year Pizza Making party. If you missed it, don't worry we have plenty of other events coming up this year!

Earth Carers News Upcoming Events
Nabilla, Amy & Rebecca

Volunteer of the Month
Claire Litton

Claire is one of our newest Earth Carers. After organizing a successful 'Buy Nothing Day' in the lead up to Christmas last year, Claire is organising the Less is More Festival coming up at the Grove next month (see info below). Claire is a bellydancing sexologist, a proud environmental activist and definitely one of us! Well done Claire! If you would like to help at the Less is More Festival email Claire or give her a call on 0468 713 605

Less is More Festival

Are you over this whole consumerism thing? Would you like to learn new ways to buy less? Do you enjoy having fun and spending nothing? This event is for you! Join us at the Grove for a workshop series in all things handmade and superfun, with not a dollar in sight! Workshops include green cleaning products, making your own toothpaste and deodorant, ginger beer, making reusable menstrual pads, yoga and more! Eco Faeries will be providing giggly fun for kids! Join us in a lifestyle less, and have more time, more fun, and more LIFE!"

Date: Saturday 18 February 2012
Time: 10am - 4pm
Where: The Grove Community Centre, 1 Leake St, (cnr Leake and Stirling Hwy) Peppermint Grove, WA
Cost: Free!
More info: Less is More Blog and Less is More on Facebook

Beauty and the Bike Outdoor Movie
 Join us for a free summer outdoor screening of Beauty and the Bike.  Cycling is another great way we can live more sustainably and with less waste.  It is an inspirational movie particularly for young women so bring your friends and family.  Why not ride your bike to the movie!

Why do girls stop cycling in car-centric countries when teenage girls in bicycle friendly countries use their bicycles as a vehicle for freedom and independence? The Beauty and the Bike project set out to find out. View the trailer here.

Date:   Wednesday 18 January, 2012
Time:   6.30pm Bring and share picnic
             7.30pm Screening and presentation
Place:  WMRC Offices outside on the lawn, Cnr Marine Pde and Warton St, Cottesloe (map here). We will relocated inside if it is wet weather.
BYO:    Picnic and rug/beach chair etc

Earth Carers at UWA O-Day!
Earth Carers will be mixing it with the hip, young things at UWA's O-Day. The O-Day Festival is the biggest student event on campus.

We are looking for Earth Carer Volunteers to help us on our stall and give away battery bags and, of course, get into the battery costume. If you can help even for an hour or two, email or phone us on 9384 4003!

Date: Friday 24 February, 2012
Time: 11.00am - 3.30pm 
Place: James Oval UWA 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley

Next Earth Carers Course
The Earth Carers course will unravel the mystery of recycling, provide tips on reducing waste and green cleaning, include a tour of a landfill  and give you the dirt on composting and worm farming. Come along and meet likeminded sustainability enthusiasts. If you have already done the course and enjoyed it please tell your friends. Earth Carers are welcome to come along to any sessions you may have missed previously or come as a refresher. A participant said:

"This Earth Carers course has opened my eyes! It has been extremely informative, entertaining and practical. I feel capable of making great change in my life and in others close to me." 

Our next course starts Wednesday March 14 and goes for five sessions over three weeks. The course is free and YOU are invited!

For more details or to register visit our website, email Earth Carers or phone 9384 4003

Clean Up Australia Day
 Every year hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and clean up their local environment. Clean Up Australia Day will be held on Sunday 4 March 2012. If you would like to get involved check their website for more details.

Activists Campaign Tools Training
ACT is a series of three day courses for community organizers in Perth, WA. Priced for an activist budget, they are designed to provide practical skills and campaign secrets for people trying to improve the world. The following workshops are available:

Campaign Skills: Freo Sunday 29 Jan, 5 & 12 Feb
Translate passion into action! 
Community Skills: Perth Sunday 11, 25 Mar & 15 Apr NEW
Build your organisation! 

Speaking Skills: Perth Sundays 6, 20 May, 10 June
Compelling Communications. 

For more details and bookings, please visit the ACT website or call Katrina Bercov on 9443 7454.

Have your say: Draft Mosman Park Cycling and Pedestrian Plan 2012 - 2032
 The Draft Plan is available for public comment until 17 February 2012. You may ‘vote’ for five capital works projects you think the Town should complete.
Click here to have your say OR visit a display at the Administration Centre at Memorial Park in Mosman Park or The Grove Precinct on 1 Leake Street in Peppermint Grove.
For more info email Andriana Kursar, or call on 9384 1633. 

Container Deposit Scheme in NT 
Last months 'Volunteer of the Month' Libby has passed on some interesting information about the proposed Container Deposit scheme. Clean Up Australia have been very critical of Coke's reaction to the scheme.  

Check out these links for more info:
Money for empties (ABC RN Background Briefing program broadcast 11/9/11)
Clean Up Australia blasts Coke 
Coca-Cola plans court challenge against NT
Coca-Cola should do the right thing!

Plastic Free Freo
Lisa Griffin (Waste and Earth Carers Officer from EMRC) has started a Plastic Free Freo Campaign and its gathering momentum! 

Check out plasticfreefreo and spread the word!

Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
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