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Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
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Well, we've hit the glorious Autumn weather, and it's putting a spring in our step to get out and garden! And not coincidentally, there are a lot of garden-themed events to enjoy in this edition. Happy planting! In this newsletter:

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: Nabilla, Amy, Rebecca & Gabrielle
 
An Evening with Tim Silverwood
An evening with Tim Silverwood’ at The Grove library on Tuesday was a fantastic night. Tim is a renowned environmentalist and co-founder of Take3. It was touch-and-go for a while if Tim would make it on time with the Sydney storms wreaking havoc on flights. We’re grateful he did make it to recount the story of the evolution of plastic and his personal journey from everyday surfer to global activist on plastic pollution and waste reduction. A panel of local activists representing different perspectives: Personal (Lindsay Miles); Business (Flavia Pardini); Community (Peter Langlands) joined Tim for a Q&A session. The evening definitely made an impact on the 100 attendees with 20 people signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge, 8 for the upcoming Earth Carers Course and people already taking up Tim’s call to action to contact companies which microbeads of plastic in personal care products.

Free Earth Carers Course (starts Wed 6 May)
If you've been getting this newsletter for a while and still haven't done an Earth Carers course, now's your chance! We'll tour local waste facilities, get hands-on with composting and worm farming, make green cleaning products and learn how to de-clutter and live more sustainably. The course will start on Wednesday 6 May and includes five sessions over three weeks (three week nights and two weekend sessions). Also, if you've done the course previously but have missed a session, you're welcome to come along to that session - just let us know. More information here or register your interest by email.

Subiaco's Battery Recycling Hits a Tonne
A staggering 1.3 tonnes of batteries have been collected from the library for recycling since the program was first introduced at the end of 2009. Subiaco library staff were thrilled with the news - but not surprised - they have seen how rapidly first the battery bin and now the new recycling station fill up! Well done to Subiaco residents for making such great use of this recycling service.

Less is More Wrap Up
Despite Armageddon-like weather predictions, the rain held out and we all squeezed inside to make the fourth Less is More Festival a wonderful success! Well over 600 people attended the festival and we'd like to thank the presenters and many volunteers from all three Earth Carer groups in Perth who gave their time to help the festival run so smoothly. Special thanks to our 'Earth Carer Volunteer Brains Trust' who worked tirelessly behind the scenes: Columba, Pip, Susan and honorary Earth Carer Serena. Bouquets also to The Grove library staff and the Make New and Mend group for their ever-popular craft central space in the library. 



Garden Festival
The Earth Carers will be at the Garden Festival once again this year, talking compost, worm farming, food growing, and living with less waste. We still have a few volunteering slots left, so if you'd like to enjoy the festival for free and do a few hours of work for us, please get in touch!
When:  9.30am to 4pm, Thursday 30 April to Sunday 3 May. Volunteering times available: Thursday 30 April 12.30pm to 4pm, Friday 1 May 12.30pm to 4pm
Where: NEW VENUE! McCallum Park, Victoria Park
Contact: Gabrielle at earthcarers@wmrc.wa.gov.au or call 9384 4003

Free Community Waterwise Forum
The Beyond Gardens Team and WESROC are holding a free waterwise forum at The Grove library. Featuring expert speakers on replenishing Perth's aquifers, preparing soil in home gardens, home bioscaping and more. Lunch provided.
When: 9am to 2pm, Saturday 9 May
Where: Grove Library, 1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove
Register: www.beyondgardens.com.au or call 1300 369 833.

Local Native Plant Subsidy Scheme
If you live in the western suburbs, you may be eligible to purchase up to 80 plants for only $1.50 each from APACE Nursery (Proof of Residency required). The scheme runs for a limited time in May, so get in quick! It's a great way to achieve biodiversity in your garden.
When: 4 to 30 May. 
Where: APACE Nurseries, 1 Johannah St, North Fremantle
More info: Contact your local council



An Earth Carer Wedding

Congratulations to our wonderful friend and workmate Amy and her husband Adam on their wedding recently. It was a magical celebration that truly reflected their sustainability and low waste values. Both bride and groom even talked about compost in their wedding vows!

Schools in Action
Environmentally minded boarders from Presbyterian Ladies College recently launched a program to compost all the fruit and vegetable scraps from the boarding house - a big diversion of waste to landfill. Great work girls!


H2O to Go Going Strong
The H20 to Go Portable Water Refill Stations have been embraced in the community! At the recent Mosman Park Community Fair the warm afternoon saw them being used constantly. The stations are free to borrow for western suburbs community groups, 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.  
 
 
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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