Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi Western
Happy 2015 and welcome to this edition of the Earth Carers e-newsletter. Hope to see many of you at our Earth Carers movie night this Friday. Rebecca watched Tiny with her family and says "Plenty of food for a bit excited thinking if I had a tiny house what I could do with all the time saved cleaning and maintaining my house!".  In this newsletter:

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: Nabilla, Amy, Rebecca & Gabrielle
Less is More Festival (Sat 14 March)

Now in its 4th year this free family-friendly festival brings members of the Perth community together for a day of skill-sharing workshops, presentations, DIY drop-in sessions, kids activities and more. BYO plate of food to share and water bottle for the Bring and Share Cafe lunch. Have a look at our new website for details of workshops and presenters, program due later this week. Bring your friends and family, no bookings required.

Earth Carers Course (starts Wed 6 May)
Are you interested in exploring ways to live more sustainably whilst meeting likeminded people in your community?  Our next free Earth Carers course for Perth's western suburbs residents gives you the knowledge and skills to confidently live with less waste. Our next Earth Carers course will start on Wednesday 6 May and includes five sessions over three weeks (three week nights and two weekend sessions). More information here or register your interest by email.

Summer outdoor movie series
Our first movie of the season "Divide in Concord" was attended by over 100 people in the grounds of our beach side offices in Cottesloe. Our next movie Tiny screens this Friday 20 Feb and is an interesting story of a young man who builds a small house and questions the concept of home and issues around stuff and the decisions we make. Movie nights are a great chance to bring along friends and family.
When: Friday 20 Feb & Fri 20 March 2015.
Time: 6.30pm picnic, 7.30pm talk & movie screening.
Where: WMRC offices outside on the lawn. Wearne House, 40 Marine Pde (Corner Warton St and Marine Pde) Cottesloe. See map here
BYO: Picnic, blankets and beanbags etc.

Clean Up Australia Day
The City of Nedlands and the Friends of Point Resolution are holding a cleanup event as part of this national event, morning tea provided.
When: 9-11.30am, Sunday 1 March.
Where: Point Resolution, Nedlands.
Register: CUAD website, or click here for more details.

Subiaco Bike to Work Breakfast
Free Bike Week event by the City of Subiaco. To get your free breakfast, cycle all or part of the way to work, university or school on the day. Free bike checks, breakfast and competitions.
When: 7-9am, Friday 13 March.
Where: Market Square Park, off Roberts Rd, Subiaco.
Register: By Monday 9 March, click here.

Earth Hour @ Mayo Community Garden
Celebrate Earth Hour at Nedland's new community garden with local food vendors, an art project, seed planting and seedling finding, information about the garden and unplugged music to relax into the electricity free hour.
When: 5-9pm, Saturday 28 March.
Where: 91 Wood St, Swanbourne.
Details: Click here.

Schools in action

There are now 15 schools in Perth's western suburbs collecting batteries for recycling with a whopping 419kg collected in 2014. Congratulations to winning schools Rosalie Primary and Iona Presentation College. Click here if your school would like to join us.

H2O to Go
Earth Carers have just taken delivery of our new water bottle refill stations for western suburbs events. They are free to borrow, all you need is a tap and it includes 1 bubbler and 2 bottle refills providing filtered water. Take a look at our website for details.  

Plastic-Free news
The inaugural Plastic-free Summer Festival was held in January for two days of movies, talks and beach cleanups featuring renown seabird biologist Dr Jennifer Lavers. Despite sizzling temperatures volunteers collected 2,000 pieces of plastic from Cottesloe beach in under an hour. Dr Lavers spoke of the problems of foraging seabirds ingesting plastic and how now 100% of fleshfooted shearwater chicks she studies on Lord Howe Island have plastic in their stomachs. Find out more on her website.

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Phone: 9384 4003
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