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The View from a Permaculture window is different

The View from a Permaculture window is different

Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Canning Agricultural, Horticultural & Recreational Society Inc., 1 Station St, Cannington WA 6107, Australia
A brief introduction of why permaculture is very different to landscape design and isn’t about organic gardening (although this is a technique used within a permaculture property). 45 minute talk and 15 minute question and answer followed by a seed swap and some supper!
WA Feral Cat Symposium

WA Feral Cat Symposium

May 31, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210, Australia

Save the date for the upcoming WA Feral Cat Symposium in Mandurah this May.
Hear from some of the nation’s leading researchers and conservation groups on the innovative future of feral cat control and local successes in tackling a major cause of decline for many of Australia’s endangered species.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.
Program details to follow.
Registration essential.

Getting the goods on growing great vegetables and herbs

Getting the goods on growing great vegetables and herbs

May 30, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
South Perth Community Centre, South Terrace & Sandgate Street, South Perth WA 6151, Australia

NWhether you are on a quarter acre, or 4 storeys off the ground you can grow delicious, healthy and organic food at home. Come to this hands-on ‘get your hands in the dirty’ evening of fun and extra ordinary information from some of WA’s leading organic food growing experts.

Participants will get the latest advice on home composting and converting your waste into rich plant food, growing delicious, nutrient dense organic veggies in containers, rejuvenating your veggies beds, easy micro greens, making microbial brews and effective integrated organic pest and weed management.

Hands on bonus: During the workshop participants will make and take home their own sensational veggie grow bag complete with a suite of organic growing products.

Numbers strictly limited – a night not to be missed.

Free workshop. Light refreshments provided.

Decluttering: All you need is less

Decluttering: All you need is less

May 30, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
SJ Community Resource Centre, Mundijong, Western Australia

Join Switch your thinking to investigate strategies to get your home organised with less ‘stuff’ and practical tips to keep it this way. This workshop will remind you how to re-use, re-purpose, upcycle recycle or throw out stuff you don’t need.

This is a low waste event, please BYO cup for your tea or coffee.

Free event. Contact Mundijong Library on (08) 9526 1133 to register.

How to Activate Your Community workshop

How to Activate Your Community workshop

May 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
DBCA Head Office, 17 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington, Western Australia

The workshop will cover the three pillars of successful social media and how they can be used to increase reach in the local community, achieve measurable results, attract volunteers and funds.

Giving attendees a solid grounding in social media fundamentals and exciting them about the possibility of using social media, including solid data showing why it is vital to the future of community groups.

The workshop will tackle the pros and cons of different social media platforms, encourage attendees to identify their target audiences on the platform, and give a simple model to communicate with them effectively.

The session is ideal for local community groups or not for profits, who are interested in learning how to implement and grow a successful social media platform for marketing their organisation. The session is targeted at entry and beginner levels, so no technical skills are required.

Registration required.

The Wasteless Pantry

The Wasteless Pantry

May 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bassendean Memorial Library, 46 Old Perth Rd, Bassendean WA 6054, Australia

It’s time to talk rubbish! Come along to a free interactive workshop on reducing the waste in your kitchen and beyond. Learn about minimising your food waste through discovering better ways to shop, time saving tips that will also cut your environmental footprint, hints on making the most of what is in your pantry and fridge as well as how to store your food to keep it at its freshest.

Feel free to bring your lunch, sit back and enjoy a new way of looking at things.



May 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Naragebup Rockingham Environment Centre, Safety Bay Rd, Peron, Western Australia

The Naturalists Club Kwinana Rockingham Mandurah branch monthly meeting.
Dr Tony Friend (DBCA) will speak tonight on the topic of Numbats.

Monthly kitchen, garden & produce swap & share

Monthly kitchen, garden & produce swap & share

May 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Stirling Square, Guildford WA 6055, Australia

A Transition Town Guildford market pop-up!

A place to share your excess garden produce, cuttings, seeds, homemade pickles & jams and any other garden things with other gardeners and garden cooks. No money changes hands here, we swap & share!

We set up at the eastern end (train car park side) of the markets. We are always happy to have a helping pair of hands or two to help us set up and pack away.

Come and check us out and have a chat to find out more. There is always plenty of excess and we love to share it.

Mt Gibson Sanctuary Open Day

Mt Gibson Sanctuary Open Day

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Mount Gibson Sanctuary, Paynes Find WA 6612, Australia

Free Family Friendly Event!

Join the experts from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and learn about the endangered wildlife that call Mt Gibson Sanctuary home. Plus, join the guided walks for your chance to spot a number of the Sanctuary’s unique Australian animals!

Location: Mt Gibson Sanctuary is located 367 km (5 hours) from Perth or 104 km (1.5 hours) from Wubin. Free shuttle bus departing from Geraldton.

Camping: Free overnight camping at Quartz Ridge Campground, plus BBQ breakfast provided.

Contact: RSVP is essential and places are limited. Please contact Jessica Stingemore on or 9938 0106 for more information.

WA Community Garden Gathering

WA Community Garden Gathering

May 19, 2018 – May 20, 2018
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

Expect the unexpected when you attend the inaugural WA Community Garden Gathering to be held at Perth City Farm on the 19th and 20th May 2018.
Our underlying message to you is best expressed by the Noongar phrase, ‘Wanju, Wanju’ or ‘Welcome Together’. With the help of community gardeners around the state the seeds of this Gathering have been sown.

The usual event we hear you say? Not this time. When you join us at Perth City Farm on you will feel welcome and valued and there will be the opportunity to connect with other community gardeners with shared interests and shared challenges. Together we will collaborate, accumulate new knowledge and create a stronger Community Garden community.

Our program will be an exciting blend of plenary sessions including Costa, open space discussions, City Farm tours and entertainment. Importantly, you will also have plenty of time to mingle with local community gardeners and those from around the country. The choice is yours.

There will be activities to get you moving, digging up new experiences and sharing the rewards of your harvest. It will also be a time for fun and engagement where you may meet new and sometimes surprising friends. When taking a break from talking and sharing, you may even have an opportunity to “dig” a boogie with Costa and other gardening celebrities.

We look forward to welcoming community gardeners from across the state and together we will grow a flourishing network of WA Community Gardens. As Costa says, “We will feed the roots and harvest knowledge”

Fish Must Breathe!

Fish Must Breathe!

May 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The University Club of Western Australia, Entrance 1, Hackett Dr, Crawley WA 6009, Australia

A public lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

One of the expected responses of marine fishes to ocean warming is decrease in body size, as supported by evidence from empirical data and theoretical modelling. The theoretical underpinning for fish shrinking is that the oxygen supply to large fish size cannot be met by their gills, whose surface area cannot keep up with the oxygen demand by their three-dimensional bodies. Although this logic has been recently challenged, it will be shown, in the context of Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) that gills, because they must retain the properties of open surfaces, cannot avoid being limiting for fish growth. Also, besides explaining (1) the growth patterns of fish, a wide range of biological features of fish and other water-breathing organisms can be understood only when gill area limitation is used as an explanation, including (2) the decline of food conversion efficiency with size; (3) the size at which they reproduce; (4) the phenomenon known as ‘abortive maturation’; (5) why the fish of a given species are larger at the cold end of their distribution ranges; (6) why fish move into deeper/colder waters when they grow bigger; (7) why the growth and food conversion efficiency of farmed fish declines when oxygen supply is reduced; (8) why fish perform temperature-driven seasonal migrations (9) why global warming induces poleward migrations; (10) why the flesh of tuna that have fought for a long time at the end of a fishing line becomes inedible; (11) why the otoliths of fish and the statoliths of invertebrates form clear daily rings in larvae and juveniles, but in adults; (12) many other phenomena that are never ben elucidated before, or even perceived as requiring an explanation. The GOLT thus appears to have the potential of a powerful theory capable of acceleration progress in marine biology and limnology and the corresponding applied discipline, ie, fishery science and aquaculture.

Cost: Free
Audience: General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni

Quendas and Their Reintroduction to Urban Bushlands

Quendas and Their Reintroduction to Urban Bushlands

May 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Henderson Environmental Centre, End of, Groat St, North Beach WA 6020, Australia

The Naturalists Club Northern Suburbs Branch monthly meeting.
Dr Leonie Valentine (UWA post-doctoral research fellow, funded by the National Environmental Science Program – Threatened Species Recovery Hub) will talk tonight on quendas and their reintroduction to urban bushlands

Dr Valentine and her co-workers reintroduced quendas into the Craigie Bushland Reserve in 2013 and have conducted regular surveys since. Learn some amazing facts about quendas and whether the translocation has been successful.

Gardening on the cheap

Gardening on the cheap

May 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tamala Park Education Centre, 1700 Marmion Ave, Mindarie, Western Australia

You can transform your garden’s health and productivity without breaking the bank! This presentation will cover:
-How to compost, to enhance the health and productivity of your garden without having to spend a cent
-How to start and care for a worm farm, creating a ongoing source of nutrients for your garden
-How to build a wicking bed, establish your own fuss free gardening solution

Free event. Register online.

Wicking Garden Bed / Potting Workshop

Wicking Garden Bed / Potting Workshop

May 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kelmscott Community Garden (Inc.), 55 River Rd, Kelmscott WA 6111, Australia

SELF WATERING POTS ON STEROIDS!??!! thats how wicking beds/pots have been described.

Dont lose all your valuable nutrients and water… keep them in the pot / garden bed.. otherwise its money down the drain…

Learn how to build wicking garden beds/pots with Gaia Permaculture.

The soil in the garden bed/pot is kept separate by a liner but the water wicks up to water the roots.

Waterwise gardening for our changing climate.


Composting for the beginner

Composting for the beginner

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Environment House, 125 King William St, Bayswater WA 6053, Australia

This free workshop is for beginners or anyone wanting a refresher about successful composting. Our Gardener John Yaxley takes you through the science of composting and the different systems that are available. Find the system that best suits you.
Environment House also offers a discount if you belong to a Switch Your Thinking Local Council.

Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

May 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Spearwood Public Library, 9 Coleville Cres, Spearwood WA 6163, Australia


Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – which aims to prevent infestation in the first place.

Discover the “Pest Triangle” approach which looks at the pest, the plant and the environment, and how when you alter one you can regain a healthy balance in your garden.

Gain an understanding of:
• Why you get pests and how to identify them
• Monoculture versus polyculture – and natural balance
• Garden design and crop rotation
• Building plant resilience to reduce pest attack (soil improvement)
• Three methods of control – physical, biological and spraying
• Companion planting has its place (and it’s HUGE!)
• Accepting that there will always be insect pests

Gardening in small spaces

Gardening in small spaces

May 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
West Leederville Bowling Club, West Leederville, Western Australia

Are you gardening in a small space? Limited room presents unique challenges to creating a productive garden and making the most of organic waste. Mindarie Regional Council will show you it is easy and possible to turn your small space into a great garden. Bring your problems and ideas to this free workshop.

Free workshop. Register online.

Bush birds

Bush birds

May 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
John Wellard Community Centre, Cnr Runnymede Gate and The Strand, Wellard, Runnymede Gate, Wellard WA 6170, Australia

Experts from BirdLife Australia will give a presentation on the bush birds of the Kwinana region, followed by a demonstration of spotting techniques and a wander through the bush.

Cost: Free

Contact the City of Kwinana Bushcare Officer on (08) 9439 0418 or to register.

The Effects of urbanisation on trapdoor spiders in Perth

The Effects of urbanisation on trapdoor spiders in Perth

May 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia

Speaker: Leanda Denise Mason, Curtin University
Time: 6.00pm for light refreshments. Talk starts at 6.30pm sharp.

Sustainable Villages Expo

Sustainable Villages Expo

May 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch WA 6150, Australia

Sustainable Villages Expo – To Grow Support for the Tiny House Movement. Organising around enthusiasms. Promoting alternatives. Providing Real Options.

This EXPO connects exhibitors with people concerned about three key housing issues:
1. Affordability,
2. Accessibility and
3. Sustainability

Australia is experiencing the “BIGGEST housing BUBBLE in history” and currently has the 3rd most expensive housing in the World (after Monaco and Switzerland). Worse still, energy consumption is high, costly and projected to be increasingly unreliable and unsustainable.

The EXPO promotes multi-scalar solutions, focused on living in smaller housing communities planned in harmony with nature to: (a) improve lifestyles, (b) enhance livelihoods and (c) ramp-up restoration of the Earth’s life support system (biosphere).

Retention of Mature Trees on Private Property

Retention of Mature Trees on Private Property

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Braithwaite Park, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016, Australia

This is your opportunity to voice your concerns about the loss of trees on private property and to influence change. There are many vacant blocks in Vincent that have been razed for new builds. There are numerous magnificent trees that provided many benefits to the community and were a part of Vincent’s history that have been thoughtlessly cut down. It needs to stop.

It is also an opportunity to hear what actions the council have taken to increase canopy cover in Vincent.

We are meeting with the Vincent Mayor, Emma Cole and the City of Vincent Manager Policy & Place, Stephanie Smith to discuss the following issues;

1. Can the reduction in deep soil zone incentive for the retention of mature trees for new builds be promoted by the council to improve uptake?

2. Can the reducation in deep soil zone incentive be applied to home extensions? Or some sort of incentive for people to retain mature trees?

3. What improvements are being made to the Significant Tree Register? Can an indicative timeframe for this be provided?

4. How can we go about having trees on private property protected?

5. Other matters.

In my mind the first three items are bandaid solutions until trees are protected but they are actions that the council can assist with. A blanket protection for trees will take more time and may need to be addressed at a state level.

Community Tour of the Resource Recovery Facility

Community Tour of the Resource Recovery Facility

May 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Yanchep Community Centre, 7 Lagoon Dr, Yanchep WA 6035, Australia

Want to know what happens to your rubbish? Join us on a FREE Community Tour of the Resource Recovery Facility and find out.

FREE Community Bus will depart from Yanchep Community Centre at 12pm sharp,
returning to Yanchep Community Centre at 3pm.

A light lunch will be provided.

Requirements: Closed in shoes must be worn to gain entry into the Resource Recovery Facility.

Bookings essential:

Honey Festival

Honey Festival

May 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yagan Square, Wellington St, Perth WA 6000, Australia

Do you love bees, honey and beekeeping? Then come see us at the annual Honey Festival, in celebration of Honey Month.

This year sees the festival move to the newly developed Yagan Square on Wellington Street in Perth City from 10am until 4pm. Different location, same amazing FREE event!

Learn about cooking with honey, how to make beeswax candles or have a go at building bee boxes with beekeepers.

Chat with Tintuppa Nursery, who specialise in bee friendly plants for your garden. They’ve got all the tips on what to plant for pollinators.

Demonstrate your culinary skills by entering in the Great Honey Cake Competition or check out the highly anticipated honey judging comp!

Witness the spirit of Aboriginal culture through Perth’s Wadumbah Dance Group, who will be on stage at 11am.

This is a child-friendly event with plenty of fun to be had, such as face painting, educational activities and ‘Waggle Dace’ classes with Honey Girl.

Enjoy all of this and much, much more… Bee there or be square!

International Permaculture Day – market stall and permie demonstrations

International Permaculture Day – market stall and permie demonstrations

May 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Growers’ Green Farmers’ Market, Lefroy Rd, Beaconsfield WA 6162, Australia

The 6th May is International Permaculture Day. Come celebrate and learn from the Freo Permies.

We will have plants for sale and will be running demonstrations and talks on Urban Permaculture throughout the morning.

Demonstrations and Talk Schedule:

9:00 – Wicking Beds by Matt
9:30 – Edible Perennial Vegetables by Fiona
10:00 – How to make sauerkraut by May-Ring
10:30 – Permaculture on a budget by Jodie

Night Wildlife Nature Walk

Night Wildlife Nature Walk

May 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Gooseberry Hill Recreation Reserve, Piesse Brook WA 6076, Australia

Join our local wildlife expert Simon Cherriman and explore bushland of your suburb discovering the many plants and animals living in the City of Kalamunda.

On this walk you will identify wildlife and evidence of their existence along a designated walk trail (1–2km).

Meet: Hill Street, Gooseberry Hill (at reserve gate)
Bring: Binoculars, camera, torch, closed-in shoes & water bottle

Limited to 20 people. Children must be over 6 years and accompanied by an adult.
Phone: 9257 9809

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Aug 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sept 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
RCNC Community Garden, Humphreys St, Lockyer, Western Australia

Come along to our monthly Produce Swap & Share! All welcome, bring excess produce, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, jars etc. Anything a suburban gardener might want or need! Or just come along for some interesting conversation, local knowledge and information. Cups of tea and coffee provided but please feel free to bring along some morning tea to share 🙂

Bush Skills for the Hills

Bush Skills for the Hills

Verge Renovation Rescue

May 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, 1, W Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA 6055, Australia

In this workshop, we will cover simple ways you can ‘adopt’ your local verge and make it into a green space that can provide native habitat for birds, reptiles and frogs safely and easily, as well as provide some examples of sites that have been.

Fun with Fungi

July 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Margaret Forrest Centre, Park Rd, John Forrest National Park, Hovea, Western Australia

Following the introduction, we will break for an early lunch and take a short walk in the National Park. We will learn how and where to search for fungi and bring back specimens to identify. The workshop presenter Roz Hart is Vice President of Fungimap Inc., an Australia-wide fungi organisation, and is also a member of WA Naturalists’ Club Fungi Study Group.


Feral Animal Control

August 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, WA, Australia

Eddie Juras from Feral Invasive Species Eradication Management (FISEM) will be explaining the habits and best methods for control of various feral species while giving a greater understanding of the impact they have on our native flora and fauna.


Air Bee N’ Bee

September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
West Swan Hall, 1, W Swan Rd, Henley Brook WA 6055, Australia

Following the informative presentation, participants will be given the opportunity to build a native bee hotel and potentially take one home to install in their own garden. Workshop is not suitable for small children.


Weed or Wildflower?

October 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Mundaring Scout Hall, 2995 Jacoby St, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia

Can you tell a native grass from a weedy grass? Do you know which wattles are local and which are not? Is Bristly-headed Stinkweed a native plant? What family of plants have male and female flowers? This workshop led by Una Bell will feature a talk about some of the common plant families found in Mundaring and a guided walk focussing on wildflowers and weeds found along the Railway Heritage Trail. Workshop is not suitable for small children.
Meet at the Railway Heritage Trail near Mundaring Scout Hall.


Assisting Natural Regeneration on a Granite Outcrop

November 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mundaring Scout Hall, 2995 Jacoby St, Mundaring WA 6073, Australia

We will be discussing the transformational journey of the reserve from what was known by locals as the ‘dump’ to what it is now: a stunning area with a wonderful array of wildflowers. Throssell Reserve features a surfacing granite outcrop and local plants such as Yellow Starflower, Stylidiums, Verticordia and native grasses. The beauty of the reserve, as it is today, is a result of the work completed by a dedicated ‘Friends of’ group and the Shire of Mundaring.
Meet at the Railway Heritage Trail near Mundaring Scout Hall.


Erosion Control Workshop

November 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Shire of Mundaring Administration Building, 7000 Great Eastern Hwy, Mundaring, Western Australia

Do you have an erosion problem on your property or community project site? Are you looking for a softer/environmentally friendly approach to reducing sediment movement along a waterway? This workshop will provide you with some guidance on which materials may be suited to your situation and include a practical session on how to go about installing fibre/jute rolls and matting. Bring your gloves, hat, water bottle and sunscreen and learn a thing or two about how to keep your soil where it is!


Bookings essential.

2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater Cleanup

2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater Cleanup

May 5, 2018 – May 6, 2018
Hillarys Boat Harbour, 86 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025, Australia

Welcome to the 2018 Narc Dive Club Annual Land and Underwater cleanup.

This year after six years we are back at Hillary’s Harbour on the 5th and 6th of may 2018

Register via the website. Registrations close on Thursday night 19th April. You will get a confirmation emailed to you.

We still have a safety brief day scheduled for April the 21st With location still to be confirmed.

For hire gear please stay tuned and we will release what hire gear Specials we have across Perth for this amazing event.

For up to date and exciting news of the event please follow the event page. Any further questions please message the narc Dive club page.

So far over 37 tonne of rubbish removal from our oceans so let’s go fourth and make this another amazing year.

If you step over it you allow it!

For the oceans.

Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

May 4, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Nedlands Lecture Theatre, Clifton St, Nedlands, Western Australia

The Naturalist Club monthly meeting.
Professor Byron Lamont will speak on the topic of Pollinators, fire and cockatoos, and the evolution of woody-fruited hakeas

Byron Lamont first studied Agricultural Science at UWA before turning to Botany as a postgraduate. He is the only botanist to receive a Doctor of Science from UWA over the past 70 years. Byron is an expert on adaptations of Mediterranean floras—especially those in south-west Australia—to fire, poor soils, summer drought, herbivores and pollinators. He is particularly interested in the evolution of the Banksia family both in Australia, South Africa and elsewhere. Byron has published 50 papers since his retirement in 2010 and a book on adaptations in the south-west Australian flora (Groom, P. and Lamont, B. 2015, de Gruyter Open). This work has concentrated on the role of fire in the evolution of plants, and, together with Dr Tianhua He at Curtin, he is recognized as the world leader in this field.

Earth Carers Course

Earth Carers Course

May 3, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Rd, Shenton Park WA 6008, Australia

Recycle bin overflowing? Got too much stuff? The Earth Carers Course will show you how to live with less waste. Hosted by the Western Metropolitan Regional Council’s waste education team, the course runs over five sessions and includes topics such as recycling food scraps, decluttering, green cleaning and a tour of a waste recovery facility plus handy tips on how you can refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle.

The course is free to western suburbs residents located in the council areas of Mosman Park, Peppermint Grove, Cottesloe, Subiaco and Claremont.

When: Course runs over three consecutive weeks with three Thursday evenings and two Saturday mornings. 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th and 17th May.

Where: Shenton Park Community Centre, Onslow Road, Shenton Park (plus tours off-site).

Registrations are essential, please book online at Eventbrite or phone 9384 4003.

FrogID launch in Western Australia

FrogID launch in Western Australia

May 3, 2018 @ 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre, Herdsman WA 6017, Australia

Our frogs need your help!

A rare chance to meet one of the country’s leading frog experts – Dr Jodi Rowley at the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre as she launches FrogID in WA!

FrogID is Australia’s first national frog count that will help safeguard the future of this threatened species.

Join us for a sausage sizzle and learn why frogs are important and why we should count them. Discover how to get involved and how to use the app!

After the talk you will go on a frog walk led by Herdsman Lake/Gould League/WAM representatives.

Places are limited so register your interest now!

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Guildford Town Hall, 188 James St, Guildford

May 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Harrisdale Pavilion, 83 Gracefield Blvd, Harrisdale

May 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Ellenbrook District Open space, Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook 

Your Garden with Josh Byrne (Bassendean & Guildford) is a free workshop series providing Perth residents with the ideas and inspiration to create a successful garden while doing your bit to help the Swan and Canning Rivers.

Delivered by ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter and environmental scientist Josh Byrne, you will be provided with a personalised garden plan that keeps your garden thriving and our rivers healthy.

Act For Birds Community Forum

Act For Birds Community Forum

May 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WA Ecology Centre, Perry Lakes Dve, Floreat, Western Australia

Join BirdLife in Perth this May to hear about how nature laws are failing our birds and what we can do to help them.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Our Act for Birds campaign is live, our report just launched, and across the environmental movement as a whole we’re starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves.

But our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds – lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So BirdLife will be hosting 8 community forums across the country!

This series of community forums will bring together people who care about birds and nature to share knowledge and take action. Attendees will get the chance to improve their understanding of this national issue, why it’s important and how it relates to you. We’ll talk through exactly how the current system of nature laws is fundamentally broken and offer practical ways to take action about the local issues that matter to you.

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love!

Tea, coffee and snacks provided.
RSVP via the website.

Composting Workshop

Composting Workshop

May 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Highgate Primary School, 147 Lincoln St, Highgate WA 6003, Australia

📅 Wednesday 2 May
📍 Highgate Primary School

Did you know that almost 45% of an average household bin is food and garden waste? Come along to our FREE workshop and learn everything you need to know about home composting, Bokashi Bins and worm farming.

Places are limited so please call the City’s Waste Team on 9273 6543 or email to sign up for the workshop.

As a City of Vincent resident you also have the opportunity to purchase a range of composting and worm farming equipment for your home at a subsidised rate.


Kids Waste Education Workshop

Kids Waste Education Workshop

May 2, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Inglewood Library – City Of Stirling, Beaufort St & Tenth Ave, Perth WA 6052, Australia

What goes into which bin?

Why can’t I put batteries into my recycling bin? Where can I take my old toys and clothes? How can I help to produce less waste? And what happens with our waste once the trucks collected it?

These and more questions will be answered at the City’s waste talk for kids.

Age group: suggested 7+

Seed Swap – Cannington

Seed Swap – Cannington

May 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds, Corner Albany Highway & Station Street, Cannington WA 6107, Australia

Join Canning River Gardens Club for a seed swap and learn about permaculture. FREE event

Seed Saving Workshop – Thornlie

Seed Saving Workshop – Thornlie

April 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thornlie Public Library, 1 Culross Ave, Thornlie WA 6108, Australia

Join the “seed saving movement” with environmental educator Stacey Smithers.

At this workshop, you will learn about all aspects of seed saving, including selection and proper storage. You’ll also have the opportunity to practise simple seed saving techniques.

This is a free event for adults; refreshments may be provided and bookings are essential.

Worm Farm Workshop

Worm Farm Workshop

April 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
William Bertram Community Centre, Johnson Rd, Bertram WA 6167, Australia

Want to convert your food waste into fertiliser easily and efficiently? The City of Kwinana is pleased to present a series of free Worm Farm Workshops hosted by Worm Shed. The workshops will include a demonstration about recycling organic waste at home, and give residents the opportunity to purchase a discounted Worm Café. Registration required.

Thanks to the subsidy, City of Kwinana residents can purchase a Worm Café for $90 (saving of $127) when they attend a workshop. Proof of residency required.

To register or enquire please email or call 9439 0475.

Conservation of Threatened Flora- Policy and Practice

Conservation of Threatened Flora- Policy and Practice

April 27, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Octagonal Hall, 52 McGlew Rd, Glen Forrest WA 6071, Australia

The Wildflower Society Eastern Hills Branch Monthly Meeting

Western Australia is well known as a centre for flora diversity, with the south west being recognised as a world biodiversity hotspot.  To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot, the area has to have a high level of flora endemism, but also have been subject to a high level of habitat loss.  To maintain the flora diversity of Western Australia we need to have effective biodiversity legislation, practical policies and effective flora conservation practices.  Dr Atkins is currently manager of Species and Communities Branch in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and has an extensive background in vegetation management and conservation issues. He will present information on the existing, but dated, legislative protection currently in operation in WA and the policies that have been developed to make this legislation work for flora conservation.  He will also present the new Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and explain the changes to legislation for flora conservation, and how this will improve our capacity to conserve the State’s flora.  Examples will be given of some of the flora conservation practices that are being undertaken in Western Australia to try and reverse the impacts of the range of threatening processes impacting our flora.

Cutting Kitchen Waste

Cutting Kitchen Waste

Switch Your Thinking will discuss strategies to help reduce your food waste and provide you with a new outlook on how you can minimise your waste!

Learn about the problem of food waste and how you can take action from your very own kitchen. Australians throw away four million tonnes of food every year. When you discard food, you are also discarding all of the water, fertiliser, fuel and energy that were used to get that food to your plate. By switching a few habits you can make a big difference to your emissions and your household budget.

April 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cannington Library, Cannington Leisureplex, 233 Sevenoaks St, Cannington WA 6107, Australia

May 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
3 Peel St, Mandurah WA 6210, Australia
Contact the City of Mandurah on (08) 9550 3941 to register.

Repair Cafe Perth

Repair Cafe Perth

Apr 21st, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
May 19th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jun 16th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jul 21st, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aug 18th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sep 15th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Oct 20th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Nov 17th , 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec 15th, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Academy Cafe Mount Hawthorn, 1/148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mount Hawthorn WA 6016, Australia

 Bring in your broken items from home and fix them with the help of our volunteer experts. We can look at bikes, clothing, small furniture, household items and low voltage electrical. For more info, or to find out what electrical items you can bring in, see

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share

May 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
November 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swan Valley Gourmet B&B, 1056 Great Northern Hwy, Baskerville

Hate waste? Want to share seeds, plants, herbs, cuttings, excess produce, home-made stuff?

If that sounds like you, come along to the Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share at 10am at West Swan Hall, opposite Mash Brewery, Henley Street and Park Street on the West side of the road.

We have heaps of fun – you can meet like-minded people and share a cuppa! Bring your travel mug, goodies to share and a smile! If you have nothing to bring, bring some morning tea. If your goodies aren’t taken, please take them home with you at the end.


Grafting and propagation

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees. At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.
Financial members: $25.00
Non-members: $30.00
Workshop + membership: $50.00


BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions

BirdLife Western Australia Walks and Excursions


Bird Walk, Lake Goollelal

May 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Lake Goollelal, Kingsley WA 6026, Australia

Meet at 8:30 am at the car park on Woodlake Retreat. From the junction of Wanneroo Road and Hepburn Avenue, travel north on Wanneroo Road to the first set of traffic lights and turn left into Woodlake Retreat. The car park is 50 m from the turn off.

This lake offers a good selection of bushbirds and waterbirds. It is part of the Northern Swan Coastal Plain Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. Bring your telescope if you have one.

For members and the general public.

Leader: Clive Nealon


Hills Food Share

Hills Food Share

Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest

Upcomiang dates:
Sunday May 20  @ 9 – 10am
Sunday June 17 @ 9 – 10am

The Sharing Economy is alive in the Hills!

Bring your surplus garden produce: Fruit, Veggies, Plants, Cuttings, Seeds, even garden paraphernalia & books

Share what others bring… or just hang out & chat..
Eat really local food (talk to the person who grew it!)
Share cultivation & preparation tips
Come and be part of our growing community.