Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi Amy

Welcome to our final bumper newsletter for 2013. In this edition:

A wrap up of 2013

Upcoming events:
A wrap up of 2013
Earth Carers staff and volunteers have had a fantastic year! We've seen our volunteers take flight with projects of their own: We have, among other things, pressed olives, watched movies, washed up at festivals, stitched, preserved, gone plastic free for a month, and won two awards to boot! A huge thank you to all our volunteers and colleagues who helped make this happen! Definitely worthy of a celebration. Thanks to everyone who came along and swam, ate sushi and celebrated with us last Friday. It was a relaxing end to a frenetic year.

We wish you and yours a fun, safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Nabilla, Amy, Gabrielle & Rebecca

Summer movies are back! 

Join us on our beautiful grassy patch outside the WMRC office to enjoy good company and a free movie or three! 

Outdoor Movie 1: Play Again, Friday 10 January
Outdoor Movie 2: The Lightbulb Conspiracy, Friday 14 February
Outdoor Movie 3: Trashed, Friday 14 March

Time: 6.30pm picnic, 7.30pm movie screening (for movie 1 & 2)
Where: WMRC offices outside on the lawn. Wearne House, Corner Warton St and Marine Tce, Cottesloe. See map here
BYO: Picnic, blankies and beanbags etc

Less Is More Festival 2014

Would you like to have more fun? Learn new skills? Increase your knowledge? Improve your health? Have time for the things that matter? Be inspired?Join in? Then the Less is More Festival is for you! It's a day of workshops and talks covering all of this, and much more. 

So far Festival Coordinator, Lindsay, has confirmed workshops on: DIY yoghurt, decluttering, gardening in small spaces, sustainable houses, Keeping chickens, toddler massage, cool gardens, retirement, composting, fruit trees, yoga, soap making and more!

When: 9.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 22 February 2014
Where: The Grove Community Centre, Cnr Leake St and Stirling Hwy, Peppermint Grove
Cost: Free!

Earth Carers Course

The cornerstone of the Earth Carers program is, of course the Earth Carers course! Come and find out why we Earth Carers get so fired up about waste. You'll learn great skills like composting, decluttering and reducing waste. And then you'll be able to hook into a local, welcoming community of like minded people - and we have a blast!

Our next course starts on Thursday 13 March 2014 and goes for  five sessions over three weeks (three Thursday nights and two weekend sessions).

Here are the participants from the September 2013 course graduating...this could be you!

More information is on our website here.

Make New and Mend
The crafty Make new and mend group just keep on stitching! They will be meeting as per usual over the summer.

There's no need to book, and you're welcome to drop in whenever you're free.

When: Every Saturday from 12.30 pm 
Where: Peppermint Grove Council Chambers (same building as Grove Library), 1 Leake St, Peppermint Grove
Please bring: Sewing/craft gear, gold coin donation for tea/coffee and cake
All welcome!


Congratulations to Heidi Hardisty who won the Environment medal at the Pride Of Australia Awards at Bennelong Lawn in Sydney. This award is a wonderful acknowledgment of Heidi's dedication to the restoration of Lake Claremont.  A very worthy recipient! 
Photo courtesy of NewsCorp.

The Last Straw!
The Straw Army is building momentum with nearly 20 cafes signed up to hide their plastic drinking straws! Here is an updated list of all the cafes taking part - remember, some cafes are still in 'transition mode' so if you go there and receive a straw, please gently remind them about the Last Straw and thank them for taking part!
Albion Hotel, Cottesloe
Aristos Waterfront Restaurant, Rottnest
Aviary Rooftop Restaurant, Perth
Beaches Café, Cottesloe
Book Café, South Perth
Café Caffissmo, Cottesloe
City Farm Café, East Perth
Eden Salad Bar, Subiaco
Espresso Café, in Mos Arts Centre, Mosman Park
Gourmet on Wray, Fremantle
Leederville Hotel, Leederville
Monogram Café at the Grove, Peppermint Grove
Rottnest Lodge Hotel, Rottnest
Scutti, South Perth
The Dancing Goat Café, Swanbourne 
The Secret Garden Cafe, Perth 
X-Wray Café, Fremantle

Washing up kit available for loan

It's the season for celebrations, but alas, that often means unnecessary waste. Instead of just being a ba-humbugger, why not borrow our 'washing against waste' kit? It has what you need for a sustainable party. Disposable cups? NO! Borrow our mugs, glasses and washing up gear. Balloons and disposable streamers? NO! Borrow our beautiful bunting and tea light holders! Cans and bottles? NO! Borrow our punch bowl! 
Just drop us an email to arrange to borrow the kit. 

Newsflash! New recycling station location!

A new recycling station is going into Subiaco Library on 20 December. You'll be able to drop off batteries, globes, printer cartridges and mobile phones. Look out for it in the photocopying section of the library. 


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