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CY O’Connor Lecture 2018: Australia’s Changing Climate

CY O’Connor Lecture 2018: Australia’s Changing Climate

March 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

In this lecture Neil Bennett, WA Manager of Media and Communication for the Bureau of Meteorology, will provide a background into the science behind these findings and will include new information about Australia’s climate – past, present and future.

Since 1910, the air and sea temperatures in and around Australia have warmed by nearly 1 degree Celsius. May–July rainfall has reduced by around 19 per cent since 1970 in the southwest of WA, and the duration, frequency and intensity of extreme heat events have increased across large parts of Australia. Rainfall has increased across parts of northern Australia, oceans around Australia have warmed, acidity levels have increased and sea levels are rising around Australia.

The science underpinning these findings will help inform a range of economic, environmental and social decision-making and local vulnerability assessments by government, industry and communities.

Contact: 9321 6088
Entry Fees: Members $12, Adult $20, Conc. $15.

Earth Hour picnic

Earth Hour picnic

March 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tomato Lake, Oats St, Kewdale WA 6105, Australia

Celebrate Earth Hour by bringing your own picnic to Tomato Lake. Hear from Lindsay Miles on actions you can take to minimise climate change impacts, followed by acoustic guitar while you enjoy your picnic.

Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm (local time) as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change.

Bring: Your own picnic food & picnic rug. To support Earth Hour a low waste picnic is recommended; avoid packaging/ single use disposables, bring your own drink bottle and select locally produced and seasonal food and a plant-based menu.
Cost*: Free for residents, $5 for non-residents

Transitions Film Festival

Transitions Film Festival

March 23, 2018 – March 25, 2018
Luna Cinemas, 155 Oxford St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

Announcing the arrival of the Transitions Film Festival in Perth! We’ve partnered with this growing national festival, and Luna Palace cinemas, to host it in Perth for the first time, direct from screening in Melbourne and Sydney. The festival focuses on sharing positive stories about the solutions to society’s greatest challenges, and showcases the local heroes and changemakers who are building a better world.

The Festival comes to Perth with an enthralling line-up of cutting-edge documentaries about the existential challenges, mega-trends, and creative visions that are redefining what it means to be human. Featuring a stellar line-up of powerful films and inspirational guest speakers, Perth’s first Transitions Film Festival will change the way you look at the world.

Friday 23 March 2018, 8pm at Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville
n 2009, artist Chris Jordan travelled to Midway Island and bore witness to tens of thousands of dead albatrosses lying on the ground, their stomachs filled with plastic. After 8 years of filming the life cycles of these beautiful birds, Albatross was created – a visual odyssey examining how human materiality has impacted the natural world.

The debut film of acclaimed artist Chris Jordan, Albatross transcends the normal bounds of a typical nature documentary.

Free Lunch Society
Saturday 24 March 2018, 8pm at Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville
What would you do if your income were taken care of? Free Lunch Society, the first international film in cinemas about basic income, is dedicated to one of the most crucial questions of our times. It explores the history, and possible future, of ‘Universal Basic Income’ and gives us a glimpse into the possible economy of tomorrow.

An unconditional basic income means money for everyone – as a human right without service in return. Is it a visionary reform project, neoliberal axe to the roots of the social state or socially romantic left-wing utopia?

A Silent Transformation
Sunday 25 March 2018, 8pm at Luna Outdoor Cinema in Leederville

A Silent Transformation is a film about the transformative power of the co-operative model. The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective wellbeing in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination. As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever.

A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities across the Province of Ontario, which by addressing their needs collectively are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society! Will it grow and flourish?

Tickets $21/$16.50 (adult/student)

More information and to book tickets follow the link below.

WA Forest Alliance Petition Handover Parliament House

WA Forest Alliance Petition Handover Parliament House

March 21, 2018 @ 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Parliament Of Western Australia, Parliament House, Harvest Terrace, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

Join us in celebration as we handover our paper petition on UN International Day of the Forests.

We’ve had a team of 150+ signature gatherers working for over five months…. how many signatures did we make? Find out on the day!

Your forests for life t shirt:
Or come dressed as forest flora or fauna, maybe paint a green heart on your palm….

To the President and Members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia in Parliament assembled. We, the undersigned, support the McGowan Government’s pre-election commitments to ‘Immediately conserve High Conservation Value forests’ and ‘Move to transition the native forestry industry to sustainably managed plantations and farm forestry’ and oppose the ongoing logging and clearing of south-west forests. We respectfully request that the Legislative Council enquire into the most effective and timely means to protect High Conservation Value forests and transition the timber industry out of native forests in line with the Government’s pre-election commitments. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Fracking Q&A

Fracking Q&A

March 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fox Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Arts Building, The University of Western Australia, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

Hydraulic Fracking is controversial with good reason! Join us for a night of questions and answers with some well considered and respected thinkers.

This Q&A with a science focus will include Professor Tony Ingraffea from Cornell University, New York., Professors Carmen Lawrence and Bruce Armstrong (UWA and USYD) and industry expert Mr Ian Porter from Sustainable Energy Now.

This event is hosted by the Conservation Council of Western Australia.

Blockade Adani – info session and workshop

Blockade Adani – info session and workshop

March 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, 96 Wray Ave, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Have you heard about Adani? Do you know what is happening over in Queensland right now – threatening our Great Barrier reef and all the jobs that come from the tourism surrounding the reef?
Why are there grandparents locking onto machines to stop coal exports?

The Adani Carmichael coal “megamine” in Queensland has been given many of the approvals it needs. With the Federal government pledging $1bn of taxpayer dollars to help Adani, they are not only going all in on coal, but fighting to kill renewables, and our hope for a safe future.

Come and join us for the latest news and info about the movement to#BlockadeAdani and where we can go from here to ensure this mine does not go ahead. If this mine goes ahead, the coal excavated will push the planet into catastrophic climate change, going over the 2 degrees of warming we have been warned about by scientists all over the world. 

The local Wangan and Jagalingou people do not want this mine destroying their sacred heritage and cultures – we stand in solidarity with them.

There will be some short videos shown, a question and answer time with people who have been on the front line as well as networking with people to see what we can do from Western Australian in the fight to stop Adani.

If you are financially able – please bring a donation to send over to “Front line Action on Coal” – ever dollar helps.

Can’t wait to meet you all and build the community for a safer future 🙂

Talkin’ Soil Health

Talkin’ Soil Health

March 13, 2018 – March 14, 2018
Dalwallinu WA 6609, Australia

WA’s farmers, graziers and researchers are coming together to talk SOILS.

13 – 14 March, Dalwallinu
15 – 16 March, Katanning

Natural Resource Management groups across regional Western Australia are joining forces to bring you the 2018 Talkin’ Soil Health conference.

Sharing soil knowledge, innovations & new technologies.

For more information: Dalwallinu – Callum Love, 9938 0116
Katanning – David Broadhurst, 9845 8529

The Fitting Room Pop Up X Designer Clothes Swap

The Fitting Room Pop Up X Designer Clothes Swap

March 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 96 Wray Ave, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

New Mode Collective are teaming up with the Clothing Swap Collective for a lovely Saturday afternoon celebration of secondhand fashion, to be featured alongside The Fitting Room Pop Up.

Join us at the picturesque Replants venue ~ our favourite Fremantle enviro-business rescuing native plants and animals from development sites where bushland is being cleared.

If you couldn’t make it to The Fitting Room Exclusive Designer Showcase, you want to spend some more time trying on the labels we’re representing and you LOVE second hand fashion as much we do, then this is the event for you!

The Fitting Room showcases ethically and environmentally-conscious fashion design from all corners of the world.

Try on garments and buy the ones you love like you would an online shopping purchase. The Fitting Room features labels from all corners of the world, only in Fremantle for this exclusive showcase!

Urban Bushland Council AGM & presentation on “The need for an Environment Court in WA”

Urban Bushland Council AGM & presentation on “The need for an Environment Court in WA”

March 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

Urban Bushland Council Annual General Meeting with guest speaker Associate Professor John Bailey: The need for an Environment Court in WA.

Meet at 6pm for networking and light refreshments- 6.30pm start

Perspectives of Sustainability; a community event

Perspectives of Sustainability; a community event

March 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Morris Buzacott Clubrooms, 51 Williamson Rd, Kardinya WA 6163, Australia

Highlighting organic farming practices, social action and strategies for future sustainability. Opportunities for education, networking, information exchange.

Keynote speaker: Andre Leu, Director Regeneration International.
Author: The Myth of Safe Pesticides: Former President IFOAM 2011-2017: Andre is also an experienced organic farmer, being one of the pioneers in the north Australian tropical fruit industry.

9.15 Registration
9.30 Organic Industry stories
10.30 tea break
11 -12.30 Keynote Andre Leu – Regenerative Agriculture
12.30-1 Q&A panel ‘
1pm lunch

Registration per person $65 per person

Any questions please contact Kathe Purvis on 0437314591 or

Protect Ningaloo campaign launch and info evening

Protect Ningaloo campaign launch and info evening

March 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Local Hotel, 282 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6162, Australia

Come and find out more about this vital campaign to save Exmouth Gulf and protect the beauty and value of one of Western Australia’s most iconic places at South Freo’s favourite hotel: The Local (backroom) on March 1.

There will be speakers and lots of info available on the night.
Please RSVP to the Eventbrite link for your free tickets!

The Ningaloo Reef World Heritage Area is renowned for its beauty and biodiversity but its under threat from the oil and gas industry with a pipeline fabrication and towing facility now under referral to the EPA. Now we need to raise public awareness about Protect Ningaloo and why saving Exmouth Gulf is so important, so please share this event with your friends and colleagues.
Exmouth Gulf is full of dugongs, whales and their calves, dolphins and manta rays and rare sponge gardens. Its a beautiful place which deserves more protection not harmful development.
Come and find out how you can help!

Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities: Workshop

Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities: Workshop

March 1, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
151 Marine Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6162, Australia

Pathways for Regeneration from Farm to Fork

A thriving food system should support optimal planetary health and human wellbeing, create and distribute widely and fairly
multiple economic benefits, and foster respect and connectedness across cultures, countries and generations.

This interactive and participatory workshop is the first step in such a whole-of-system collaborative effort at major change of WA’s food system, for the benefit of all. The workshop will lay the foundations for transformational co-learning to drive key changes in policy, planning, resourcing and investment.

Join us and be part of this ground-breaking initiative with an inspiring multi-stakeholder project. 

FEATURING our excellent speakers:

* Dr. Lenore Newman, PhD, award-winning University of the Fraser ValleyAssociate Professor, writer and urban geographer
* Dr. Charles Massy OAM, PhD, regenerative farmer, agricultural ecologist and author of “Call of the Reed Warbler”
* Dr. Nick Rose, PhD, Sustain executive director, sustainable food systems expert and Churchill Fellow
* Di Haggerty, central wheatbelt farmer who along with husband Ian and son James developed the farming practise “Natural Intelligence Farming”
* Ben Cole, Managing Director of Wide Open Agriculture, a company seeking to revitalise Western Australia’s Wheatbelt through diversified, regenerative farming systems
* Jennie Franceschi, 2017 Telstra Australian Corporate and Private Award winner, Managing Shareholder of Fresh Produce Alliance processing facility championing sustainable agriculture ecosystems

Cost: $48.50

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

Transition Town Vincent Movie Night

“With My Own Two Wheels”

March 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Paddington Ale House, 141 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

For many Americans, the bicycle is a choice. An expensive toy. An eco-conscious mode of transportation. For countless others across the globe, it is much more.

For Fred, a health worker in Zambia, the bicycle is a means of reaching twice as many patients. For Bharati, a teenager in India, it provides access to education. For Mirriam, a disabled Ghanaian woman, working on bicycles is an escape from the stigma attached to disabled people in her community. For Carlos, a farmer in Guatemala, pedal power is a way to help neighbours reduce their impact on the environment. For Sharkey, a young man in California, the bicycle is an escape from the gangs that consume so many of his peers.

With My Own Two Wheels weaves together the experiences of these five individuals into a single story about how the bicycle can change the world—one pedal stroke at a time.


The film starts at 6.30 pm. You will be able to arrive at any time.

– We supply some cushions, if you want to bring your own you are most welcome to.

– No need to print your ticket.

– We apologise that you will not be able to bring your own food and drink to the venue, you will be able to purchase these at The Paddo (this is their rules).
If you wish to support the ongoing work of Transition Town Vincent, we welcome a gold coin donation.

Transition Town Guildford Monthly Movie Night

Transition Town Guildford Monthly Movie Night

“The Light Bulb Conspiracy” – Transition Town Guildford Movie Night

March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James St, Guildford, WA

March Movie Night- The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Join us for our monthly movie night looking at planned obsolescence.

“Once upon a time….. products were made to last. Then, at the beginning of the 1920s, a group of businessmen were struck by the following insight: ‘A product that refuses to wear out is a tragedy of business’ (1928). Thus Planned Obsolescence was born.” IMDB = 8.1/10

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.

This will be on the second Thursday of the month – Thursday 8th February

Join us for food and drinks from 6pm onwards, Movie starts at 7pm

Entry by donation.