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Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
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Welcome to the final edition of the Western Earth Carers Newsletter for 2011.  Our thanks go to our wonderful Earth Carers who have helped to spread the waste and sustainability message.  It was great to catch up with so many of you at our recent end of year pizza party!

In this newsletter:

Earth Carers News

Upcoming Events
We wish you all a restful break with your families and are looking forward to 2012.

Warm regards, Nabilla, Amy & Rebecca

Volunteers of the Month

This month we would like to thank two very experienced Earth Carers who have been volunteering at our activities for many years - Joyce Roberts (L) and Libby Verscheur (R).  Joyce also volunteers for the Earthwise opshop in Subiaco and Libby writes a regular waste management, recycling & sustainable living e-newsletter.  We very much appreciate their friendliness, enthusiasm and support.

Planning and Annual Report

Want to find out more about our activities over the past year?  Go to Earth Carers Extract from WMRC Annual Report 2010-2011 for details.

In 2012 Earth Carers will focus on:

  • Raising awareness of the DiCOM® process which will divert waste from landfill from June 2012.  Includes promoting safe disposal of household hazardous waste eg. paint, CFLs and batteries.
  • Increasing fluorescent light drop-off locations and promotion: designing a multi-recycling drop-off station. 
  • Repackaging the Earth Carers course: Modified formats of the course will be piloted to better suit families, school students, Council staff and busy people.
  • Encouraging ‘Reduce’: Creating a display focusing on the importance of not having waste to begin with along with practical reduce ideas. Ideas welcome, please let us know!


Outdoor Movie night - 18 January 2012
 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
BYO:    Picnic and rug/beach chair etc

Less is More Festival - Saturday 18 February 2012
Earth Carer and organiser of Perth's Buy Nothing Day Claire Litton is organising a sustainability event on February 18, 2012 at the Grove Community Centre.  The LESS IS MORE Festival is a one-day community workshop series designed to teach skills and offer perspectives on reducing consumption. As the most important 'R' of the three sustainability 'R’s', reducing consumption and waste is a major issue affecting all Australians. This festival aims to offer workshops on a wide range of topics that may inspire attendees to consume less and create or reuse more.

Where do you come in? Well, we can't have workshops without teachers! Claire is looking for volunteers to teach on a wide range of topics! Workshops could be anywhere from 20-45 minutes long, and each workshop teacher would have to teach the SAME workshop a minimum of twice during the day

Suggested workshop ideas include green cleaning and green home and beauty products, clothing mend and make do, bicycle repairs, and bread making. 

If you have any suggestions, can recommend a teacher or want to be involved contact Claire by email or phone at 0468713605 to talk it over!

    


Stuck for Christmas Ideas?

Want some inspirational ideas for Christmas giving that is meaningful AND  less wasteful?  Click here for details.

Rhodes Scholar
Nedlands Earth Carer Rachel Paterson is 
the 2012 winner of the prestigious  
Rhodes scholarship that will allow her to study at Oxford University for two years. Congratulations Rachel and good luck with your studies.

Young Worm Farm Winner
Recently Earth Carers have been out and about at a number of street festivals and Christmas festivals.  There has been lots of interest in our worm farm competition and our recent winner is 8 year old Jyles Coad, pictured here with his father David.  Happy worm farming Jyles!

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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