Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Newsletter
Hi  Western,
Earth Carers volunteers have been super busy over the last couple of months sharing the message of Full lives, empty bins'! And just around the corner is Plastic Free July - get ready!

Earth Carers News: Upcoming sustainability events: Nabilla, Amy, Rebecca & Gabrielle

Welcome to our newest Earth Carers!
The March Earth Carers course was our biggest yet - we even had to turn some folks away and ask them to come to our next course (in October)! This group of Earth Carers dived in to all the activities, tours and challenges. If you think this looks like fun, join us next time! 

Thanks to all our volunteers!
Without our volunteers the Earth Carers program would be pretty stale by now! We've been busy at:
  • St Luke's EcoFair washing up and making cardboard castles
  • Perth Garden Festival which was a fantastic event once we got our position sorted out(!)
  • Mosman Park Community Fair letting peeps know what to do with their e-waste and HHW
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who come along to events, chat to the locals and share the vision of a world with less waste! 

Plastic Free July
Yup, Plastic Free July is just around the corner - will you accept the challenge of trying to go with out single use plastic for a month? Don't forget that if you find this concept a little intimidating you can opt for the Top 4 Challenge and avoid plastic bags, plastic water bottles, drinking straws and coffee cups. Speaking of coffee cups...

Bring one, get one tree
You may remember that in 2013 Earth Carers won $5,000 for the Plastic Free July Campaign from the Waste Authority's Infinity Award. Well, we are putting the prize money to good use in 2014 to encourage people to remember their reusable coffee cups. The idea is that when you bring your reusable coffee cup to a participating cafe, we will make a note of it and plant a tree or shrub for you in a local park. Huge thanks to our local friends groups and councils who will be planting for us! So, look out for participating cafes in July and remember your cup!

Living Smart Subaico
It doesn't matter what point of your sustainable living journey you're on (newbie to old hat) doing a Living Smart course is a must! .... the good news is there is one happening in Subiaco starting Wednesday 14 May. Living Smart is fully endorsed by Amy, Gabs, Nabilla and Rebecca - we've all done it and loved it!

When: Wednesday 14 May 6.30-9.00pm
Where: 363 Bagot Rd, Subaico
Cost: $40 for 7 weeks
Register: Click here to register!
Don't live in Subi? Check out other courses here.

Coast Care for singles - So, do you plant here often?
You’ve heard of speed dating, well this is speed planting. Plant a new plant with 
a new person every 8 minutes and then join everyone to mingle over a free tasty 
lunch. Even if you don’t meet your match, at least you will feel fantastic having 
done something positive for your local environment. There will be a warm up yoga session, morning tea and lunch, lots of fun, some prizes, music and hopefully we can get 1000 seedlings in to the sand dunes!

When: Saturday 24 May 10.00am -2.00pm
Where: Cottesloe Beach, Corner of Marine Parade and Napier Street, Cottesloe
Cost:FREE but please register for catering purposes 

Plastic Free July Subi Farmers Market Launch
Earth Carers will be at the Subi Farmers Market. making some noise about Plastic Free July on 5 July. Pop it in your calenders and come on down - don't forget your cloth bags, tupperware and your keep cup!

When: Saturday 5 July, 8am-12pm
Where: Subiaco Primary School, 271 Bagot Road, Subiaco.

Waste at Green Drinks
It's all about waste this time at Perth Green Drinks! To discuss our waste situation in WA, learn how to generate less and imagine a world without waste, please join the panel including our very own Earth Carer, Rebecca Prince Ruiz.

When: Wednesday, 14 May, Registration 5:45 (for a 6pm start) - 8:00pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Central Institute of Technology 25 Aberdeen St, Northbridge 
Cost: FREE! Registration is required.

News Flash - this event is sold out! But you can add your name to the waitlist

Other Green Events
There are so many wonderful sustainability events in Perth, so rather than list every one we encourage you to use the guides that are already out there. Our two favourites are Perth Green Events and the Freo Green Guide. Check 'em out!

Earth Carers in Action
Rachel Riley and Marie-Helene Marsolais 

Rachel and Marie-Helene met at the March 2013 Earth Carers course and went on to do the Living Smart course too. They've grown their friendship and have teamed up on many volunteering occasions. A particular attraction seems to be washing up. That makes double trouble with bubbles! Thanks Rachel and Marie-Helene!

 Recycling Station at Cottesloe Central
Gabrielle has now placed the fifth and final recycling station at Bunnings at Cottesloe Central. So now you can recycle batteries, CFL globes, printer cartridges and mobile phones with ease! Check our website for other locations. 

Earth Carers at Schools
Earth Carers have been busy at St Hilda's Primary School teaching the year 4 and 5s all about 'reduce, reuse, recycle'. By the end of the session they got it - REDUCE is the most important! Clever kids! If your kids go to school in Claremont, Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove or Subiaco and you'd like us to visit just ask a teacher to get in touch with us!

Compost in May!
The Summer is over and now its time to garden and to garden you need compost! There are lots of lovely composting events around Perth at the moment - check this guide for details. EarthWise in Subiaco are hosting lots - here is their program
Look out for our display at the Grove Library and for compost tips take a look at our factsheet.

Interested in Biodiesel?
The next workshop will be held in Cottesloe on the 29th June 2014.
For updates and details for this and future Biodiesel Workshops, please look up the new Facebook page:
Our mailing address is:
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
PO Box 47, MOSMAN PARK WA 6912
Phone: 9384 4003
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